paulPaul Heritage

General Research Coordination

People’s Palace Project/Queen Mary University

Professor of Drama and Performance at Queen Mary, University of London, Heritage is Principal Investigator for The Art Of Cultural Exchange project.
For over two decades, he created arts-based prison projects in Britain and Brazil, reaching tens of thousands of prisoners, guards, and their families with projects including award-winning HIV/AIDs education and Human Rights work. As a producer he has worked with major UK arts institutions to bring leading Brazilian companies to British audiences, including Grupo Galpão at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Grupo Piolin and AfroReggae to the Barbican Centre and Nós do Morro to the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon. As International Associate at the Young Vic Theatre, he created Festa|Amazônia [2008]: a year-long performance project involving hundreds of participants and thousands of spectators in London and the Amazon region. From 2009-2012 he was funded by the AHRC for a three-year research investigation of the knowledge transfer between Brazilian favela-based artists and youth & community groups in the UK who use the arts to achieve individual and social change. Heritage was also Executive Producer of Rio Occupation London, a major project within the London 2012 Festival and co-curated theOlympic and Paralympic Cultural Forum and Arte sem Limites, a festival celebrating UK disability arts from the Unlimited commissions programme, in Rio as part of British Council’s Transform programme. In 2004 he was made a Knight of the Order of Rio Branco by the Brazilian government.

ilanaIlana Strozenberg


O Instituto / PACC-UFRJ

A graduate of UFRJ (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) in Sociology and Politics with a specialism in Social Anthropology by the National Museum, and PhD in Communication Studies at the same university, Strozenberg is the Brazil-based investigator for The Art of Cultural Exchange. As a Professor at UFRJ’s School of Comunication and convenor of the Advanced Programme in Contemporary Culture (PACC-UFRJ) at the School of Letters, her recent research interests focus on cultural differences in Brazilian urban contemporary contexts, their relationships with the media market and their impacts on the socio-political traditional hierarchies. Strozenberg is also Academic Director at the Contemporary Institute for Projects and Research / O Instituto Contemporâneo de Projetos e Pesquisa (O Instituto).

andreAndré Piza

Research Assistant

People’s Palace Project / Queen Mary University

André Piza is a producer and theatre director, with several years’ experience in the arts and education industries. Originally a graduate in Journalism from University of São Paulo, he ran his film production company for four years before joining Ágora Teatro. Here he was resident director, assisting and directing plays from both Brazilian and international playwrights. In São Paulo, he undertook local research for BBC Bristol, producing documentaries and feature films. In 2012, he graduated from the MA in Theatre Directing at RADA and shortly afterwards, began working with People’s Palace Projects in a freelance capacity. Since then, André has supported projects such as Rio Occupation London, Points of Contact and Arte sem Limites in a variety of roles from coordinator to interpreter, and now holds project management responsibility for a variety of projects including The Agency and The Art of Cultural Exchange, in which he is also the UK based Research Assistant.

AnaAna Claudia

Research Assistant

O Instituto / PACC-UFRJ

Ana Claudia Souza is a journalist and MA in Communication and Culture at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She has recently coordinated the Portal das Artes and the project Brasil Memória, and has been Director of the Centre for Integrated Programmes / Centro de Programas Integrados at FUNARTE, the National Foundation for the Arts. Before working in the public sector she was a reporter, editor, critic, column writer, Head of Media Division, and Chief Editor within radio, newspapers, magazines and websites, including Jornal do Brasil, O Dia, Editora Globo and Souza is also a researcher and collaborator at O Instituto.

TeresaTeresa Guilhon

Research Assistant

O Instituto / PACC-UFRJ

MA in Cultural Heritage and Social Projects at CPDOC/FGV, Guilhon graduated in Visual Communication at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and completed her postgraduate studies in Electronic Graphics at Coventry University. She is Communications Manager at Innovation Trail Technology and Education Projects / Trilha da Inovação – Projetos Tecnológicos e Educacionais, a company dedicated to business management and training, and is also responsible for the development of culture, technology and education projects at O Instituto.

RosieRosie Hunter

Executive Director

People’s Palace Projects

Rosie Hunter is PPP’s Executive Director and deputy CEO to Paul Heritage. From 2005-2009 she was Executive Director of Battersea Arts Centre, for a period including the organisation’s successful campaign to take over the building from Wandsworth Council on a 99-year lease. In previous roles, she managed the Actors Centre in London for 5 years; worked in the Arts Development team at Warrington Borough Council towards the opening of Pyramid Arts Centre; and was marketing assistant, then programme coordinator for Northern Stage at Newcastle Playhouse. She studied English Language and Literature at Oxford University and has served on the Boards of various organisations including a year as co-Chair of ITC (the Independent Theatre Council).  Rosie is a Board member of Invisible Palace, a local South London arts charity.

Thiago Jesus

Communications and International Relationships Manager

People’s Palace Projects

Thiago Jesus is a ‘carioca‘ living in London since 2009. He has a degree in Social Communications from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and in 2010 he was granted a scholarship for a degree in MA in Visual Culture by the University of Westminster.
Thiago has over 10 years’ experience in developing communication strategies and managing cultural projects in Brazil for organisations such as Vale, [X]Brasil Comunicação, and the Brazilian Olympic Committee. Since 2010 Thiago has facilitated PPP’s relationship with Brazil, particularly with governmental bodies such as the Ministry of Culture along with many Brazilian artistic organisations, and holds project management responsibility for a variety of projects including Shakespeare Forum, Points of Contact and The Becontree Hundred. Thiago previously worked as an Exhibitions Coordinator at The Photographers’ Gallery in London.

Renata Peppl

Projects Coordinator

People’s Palace Projects / Queen Mary University of London

Arts and Lifestyle journalist, writer and producer, Renata has over 10 years of experience in strategy and project development for the arts sectors.

She worked in the press office of the Iberê Camargo Foundation, one of the most important contemporary art museums in Brazil, and since relocating to London four years ago, she has been working as a project manager in a number of international, cross cultural arts projects between UK and Brazilian organisations, alongside institutions such as the Roundhouse, Somerset House, Rich Mix, British Council, Southbank Centre. She is currently working as projects assistant for People’s Palace Projects.

Sam Moloney

General Manager

People’s Palace Projects

Prior to PPP Sam worked as General Manager at BAC for 4 years, General Manager at Spread the Word for a year and undertook Finance and HR roles at The Photographer’s Gallery and Unicorn Theatre.