My name is Paola Pilnik [he/she/daddy] and I'm a theater maker interested in alternative ways to live and produce theater with an ensemble. As a performer, writer and director, I aim to provoke audiences through plays that satirize current politics and subvert the norm. As a side interest, I'm currently researching how to create economically sustainable and nomadic communities that fit the needs of my generation.
I was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, where the coffee is strong and so are the womyn. My mother was a ballerina and my grandmother was a pianist, so I have been performing my whole life. At nine, I started taking acting classes and found my calling in theater.
I attended the National Theater Institute (Fall '12) and graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Acting and minor in Creative Writing (Class of '17). I have also been fortunate enough to work with members of companies whose work I admire: Double Edge Theatre, Eve Doe Bruce from Théâtre du Soleil, Anne Bogart and the SITI Company, Complicite, Divadlo Continuo, Song of the Goat, among others.
I am a recipient of the 2017 Tim Disney Prize for Excellence in the Storytelling Arts for my original play People Who Love Move Mountains.
In 2018 I relocated to Europe: first to the Czech Republic and then to Germany, where I continue to develop several projects, including my solo performance Ithaca, which premiered December 2017 at the Electric Lodge in Venice, CA.
I'm currently based in Berlin. Check out my upcoming performances here.