Debora Balardini: Disrupting Mediocrity in the Performing Arts
Performing Artist. Founder, Punto Space; Co-Artistic Director, Nettles Artists Collective; Executive Director/Founder, Group.BR
Balardini is the Founder, Punto Space; Co-Artistic Director, Nettles Artists Collective; Executive Director/Founder, Group.BR, as well as a theater performer, director, educator, and producer. She directed and co-produced Apple of My Eye/Menina Dos Meus Olhos which was acknowledged by UNICEF for its ‘inclusion in the arts’ initiative and won a 2016 Brazilian International Press Award
Balardini is elevating the profile of experimental and physical theater in combination with traditional and contemporary forms of dance, movement and the performing arts in general. She fosters a unique exchange with Paris based Pantheatre Company, a biannual event bringing European masters to provide training in NYC. Punto Space is an innovative raw space and performance venue supporting non-profit organizations. She is a social good entrepreneur in the arts. As an example, Apple of My Eye, a production comprised of a cast of 10 professional actors, was the first professionally produced play written and performed by an artist with Down syndrome.
While her work embraces experimentation and diversity in the performing arts, Balardini has been particularly recognized for her efforts to provide opportunity for Latino/Brazilian performers and performances. She provides individual mentorship to a number of women, welcomes summer interns every year and promotes GirlTrip.com, a platform to empower young women in the arts.
After recently directing Episode #10 from Ulysses by James Joyce, Balardini will direct a staged reading of The Seven Little Kittens by Nelson Rodrigues produced by Evoé Collective; direct a one-woman-show, Bother Line, produced by Nettles Artists Collective and premiering in October in her performance space in Manhattan and also developing a theater piece to launch in the fall of next year with Group .BR in which she also performs.
I am disrupting mediocrity within creative, innovative and performing arts fields…reinventing who I am as an entrepreneur, performer, director, and theater educator.
Portuguese and Spanish Literature, Universidade Federal do Parana; Dance, Modern and Classic Ballet, Faculdade de Artes do Parana; Acting, Meisner Technique, William Esper Studio; Acting, Choreographic Theatre and Roy Hart Technique, Pantheatre-Paris.
New York City