An almost resident company

Our happiest moments are those spent in the company of actors. Their art and skills are essential to us. We are convinced that having a group of actors under contract for a season or a year gives us a better grasp of our own stage productions and repertoire. An almost resident cast favours the national and international touring of our shows, and these actors can also take part in co-productions and support other events in our programming. A group identity is growing within this team of six actors, who have all shared the stage in A Morte de Danton, and that experience is now further enriched in Castro.


Afonso Santos

Began his professional acting career in O Fidalgo Aprendiz, under the direction of Jo茫o Pedro Vaz. First worked with Nuno Cardoso in a production of Eugene O鈥橬eill鈥檚 Desire Under the Elms, and they have frequently collaborated since then, namely in a number of community-focused projects. Travelled to the Netherlands to follow the work of Ivo van Hove鈥檚 Toneelgroep Amsterdam in their production of Long Day鈥檚 Journey Into Night. At the TNSJ, was part of the cast of Lulu, directed by Nuno M Cardoso.

Joana Carvalho

Hers is the voice that tells that the show is about to begin at the TNSJ. Many children have grown with her voicing their favourite cartoons. Besides long being a voice-over and dubbing professional, she is also a dance teacher. Has worked with many stage directors, including Nuno Cardoso (Dem贸nios), Jo茫o Cardoso (A Promessa) and Joana Moraes (Eldorado). Special mention must be made of her work with Nuno Carinhas and the TNSJ in a handful of shows.

Jo茫o Melo

This stage, TV and film actor has worked with many different companies and stage directors, such as Jos茅 Carretas, Rog茅rio de Carvalho or Gon莽alo Amorim, but his close collaboration with Nuno Cardoso is particularly noteworthy (Veraneantes, Porto S茫o Bento, Bella Figura, among many other productions). Played the leading role in the short films Antes de Amanh茫, by Saguenail, and Odisseia dos P谩ssaros, by Fernando Cavaleiro. At the TNSJ, was part of the cast of Lulu, directed by Nuno M Cardoso.

Maria Leite

Has a special affinity for the audiovisual arts, both in front and behind the camera, having worked as a video film-maker and as part of the cast of various TV series, soap operas and films (her role in Diamantino is unforgettable). Has collaborated with several theatre creators and companies: Colectivo 84, in S贸crates Tem de Morrer and A Vida de John Smith; Teatro da Terra, in A Menina do Mar; and Ao Cabo Teatro, in Pulm玫es and Bella Figura.

M谩rio Santos

A founding member of Teatro Bruto, where he worked until 2007, after which he became a freelancer. Collaborated with various production structures and many stage directors. In the audiovisual field, he has been a dubbing actor since 1998, and performed in several TV series and soap operas. At the TNSJ, he was part of the cast of Arranha C茅us, directed by Ricardo Pais, and Breve Sum谩rio da Hist贸ria de Deus, directed by Nuno Carinhas.

Rodrigo Santos

After wavering between Law and Drama, finally opted for the latter career, founding the Teatro da Palmilha Dentada company with Ricardo Alves and Ivo Bastos. Collaborated with Carlos J. Pessoa, Ant贸nio Dur茫es, Jo茫o Brites, Jo茫o Cardoso and Nuno Cardoso, among others. Worked on film and TV with such directors as Rodrigo Areias or Francisco Manso. Has a special inclination for music, which led him to work on musical creation and direction for theatre and dance.