Theatre Movement Bazaar presents its second digital project, furthering our exploration into ensemble theatre making while socially distanced due to COVID-19. CELEBRATION is an online New Year's Eve party that drifts out of the Zoom room and into the surreal. It was presented as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2021.
I got to write and act in VISITOR POLICY, a short film based on my experience of birthing a premature baby in March of 2020 and navigating the NICU journey as the pandemic took over the world.
VISITOR POLICY won the 2020 edition of The Blue Draft Screenwriting Contest and is currently in post-production.
My biggest project of the past two years was birthing and raising my son Arthur
alongside my husband Brandon. It was such a special endeavor to play Lina
in Company of Fool's production of CRY IT OUT while pregnant with him.
Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, I found my way to Los Angeles to attend The California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), from where I graduated with a B.F.A. in Acting in 2013.
Leaving Rio behind, my love for LA took it’s time and grew slowly, year by year, into a full blown out affair. Los Angeles is now home and it is the community I have built here that make it so. I have found my artistic family in companies such as Four Larks, Theatre Movement Bazaar and Son of Semele Ensemble.
Selected credits include Cry It Out by Molly Smith-Metzler (Company of Fools), The River Bride by Marisela Treviño Orta (Arizona Theatre Company), The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl (Boise Contemporary Theater), Big Shot by Theatre Movement Bazaar (South Coast Repertory), The Temptation of St. Antony by Four Larks and Prometheus Bound (Getty Villa).
I am proud to hold two Ovation Awards for Best Ensemble for both The Temptation of St Antony (2015) and Grail Project (2018), two productions and theatre companies I hold dear and near to my heart.
The joy of watching an actor morph into a dancer and then a singer and then blur the lines completely before your very eyes. It's a level of sophistication and artistry we don't see enough of in LA theater.
There’s fine comedic work by Paula Rebelo as Connie, Michael’s sister. One of strongest segments, in both writing and performance, is Rebelo’s monologue illustrating the subservient lot of the Mafia wife. She is also spot-on as a Sicilian dreamgirl whose undulations keep men in her thrall.
ARTS BEAT LA
"Paula Rebelo is one of the highlights of the show, striking the perfect balance between naturalism, dry wit, and theatricality that allows us to suspend our disbelief in this setting."