Pedro was born in Rio de Janeiro, where he started performing in 1993. He has worked as an actor, director, designer and translator. His play A Tregédia de Ismene, princesa de Tebas won the first Seleção Brasil em Cena (2006), a national award for new writing.
Pedro joined Middlesex University in 2012, having been Course Leader for Performing Arts, at Buckinghamshire New University. He is the Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Theatre Arts (Theatre Direcitng) at Middlesex.
MA in Theatre: text and production, University of East Anglia
PG Cert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College
BA (Hons) Graphic and Product Design, Escola Superior de Desenho industrial, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
Performance work includes
Inspector Stone, in O Caso da Aliança (animation), BBC Learning English
Jester, in New Gold (street theatre, European tour), SignDance Collective International
Carlos, in House of Goddess (Courtyard Theatre), Cornucopia Theatre Company
Cariba, in The Piranha Lounge (Oval House Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith Studio), Dende Collective
Learning & Teaching Interests
Pedro is Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Theatre Arts (Theatre Directing) at Middlesex.
His teaching interests include:
Contemporary theatre practices
Devising and adapting
Theatre and interculturalism
Research Outputs & Interests
Reseach interests include
Translation and adaptation
Intercultural and polyphonic theatre
Deaf and disability performance and aesthetics
Directing and dramaturgy
Myth and performance
de Senna, P. (2013) 'When Creation, Translation and Adaptation meet: SignDance Collective's New Gold'. in Krebs, K. (ed.) Translation and Adaptation in Theatre and Film. London: Routledge.
de Senna, P. (2013) A tragédia de Ismene, princesa de Tebas. Rio de Janeiro: Móbile Editorial.
de Senna, P. (2009) This Blasted translation: or location, dislocation, relocation. in: Journal of Adaptation in Film and Perfomance (Vol.2 number 3)
de Senna, P. (2007) In Praise of Treason: Translating Calabar. in: Journal of Adaptation in Film and Perfomance (Vol.1 number 1)
De Senna, Pedro and Bowditch, Caroline and Bower, David (2015) ‘Nothing about us without us’: collaborations between disabled and non-disabled practitioners. In: Collaboration in performance practice: premises, workings and failures. Colin, Noyale and Sachsenmaier, Stefanie , eds. Palgrave, pp. 327-349. (Accepted/In press)
A small scale research project, investigating practices in Higher Education on the nature and level of student choice in theatre and drama courses. This researchwas commissioned and funded by the HEA via its Academic Associate scheme. March-June 2013.
Engagement & Impact
My work as a performer and dramaturg with SignDance Collective has been seen in the UK, USA, Austria, Slovenia, Turkey, Greece,andEstonia, reachingthosands of audience membersand diverse communities, challenging perceptions about disability and performance.