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Ana Cândida de Carvalho Carneiro was born in São Paulo in 1977 and immigrated to Italy in 2001.  She has a degree in Law and attended English, Brazilian and Italian Literature courses in University. She studied playwriting at the Scuola d’Arte Drammatica Paolo Grassi in Milan, and attended workshops with authors such as Simons Stephens, Martin Crimp, April de Angelis, José Sanchis Sinisterra, the composer Karlheiz Stockhausen, as well as sessions with Harold Pinter and Tom Stoppard. In 2007, her play “All is filthy in Wonderland” was shortlisted in the most prestigious Italian playwrighting award, Premio Riccione. In 2008, she took part in the international writer’s residency of the Royal Court Theatre, London, winning a scholarship. In 2010, her play “Babel” won the important Hystrio Award for emerging playwrights (Italy), being presented in a dramatic reading in the renowned Elfo Puccini Theatre and published by the best Italian theatre magazine (Hystrio). In the last few years, she’s been working as a freelance writer receiving commissions. In 2009 she took part of the collective work Romulus, for the Festival Fabbrica dell’Uomo (Milan), commissioned by Outis – National Centre for Contemporary Playwriting. In 2010, her radioplay That deep ocean… was presented in the Roman Rolain Theatre (Villejuif, Paris), broadcasted by Radio France and commercialized in a CD. She recently took part in the 1st Hangzhou International Young Playwrights Meeting, in China, and has participated in the Obrador, a selective international workshop for emerging playwrights organized by the Sala Beckett, Barcelona, led by Simon Stephens. In 2012, she won the prestigious Prize Hystrio for the second time with the play Plastic Doll. In the same year, her play Babel was chosen among 600 plays from all over the world to participate in the WPI – Women Playwrights International Conference in Stockholm, where it received a reading. She is currently working with the composer Analia Llugdar and the director Alice Ronfard on a musical version of her play Appena prima/appena dopo in Jiwar Barcelona. The same project was chosen for the prestigious Bellagio Residency in Italy nex year.  Besides her artistic activities, she is enrolled in a PhD program at the Università Cattolica di Milano developing a thesis on Postdramatic Theatre. She is also a translator for the Publishing House Ubulibri. She writes in both Portuguese and Italian, and has plays translated into English, French, Catalan and German.