Priscila Da Cunha is one of the founders of D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective and has been a Creative Producer since 2017. Originally from Brazil, she has lived in Australia since 2013 and is Drama & English Teacher at a Steiner school in the Sunshine Coast, where she directs and produces five full-length theatre performances per year. She completed her Master of Arts degree in Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto, Canada, in 2004. Her research interests lie in contact improvisation, physical theatre and the boundaries between literature, theatre, film and dance. She has published two articles on Comparative Literature and edited three anthologies of Australian short stories for high school students.
Priscila has been involved in the performing arts for more than 14 years. With D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective, she has led workshops for schools and community groups and has produced and performed in several projects. She worked as a producer and project coordinator for Diver.city Inside Out (2021), Exodus (2021), Into the Light (2020), Dis.connect.ed: A Short Documentary (2019) and the street performance Urban Twitters: Dis.connect.ed (2019). In 2018, she facilitated and acted in two street performances as part of Stories of Dis.place.ment.
Credits in Brazil include Somos De Feitos, for Cia. De Feitos and Cia. Les Commediens Tropicales (2008-2009); Novo Manual Prático para o Anonimato (2009) and Manual Prático para o Anonimato (2008) with Cia. de Teatro Os Satyros. She was a member of Inorgânicas Contemporary Dance Troupe (2010-2013), directed by Denise Passos, and performed in numerous contemporary dance festivals. Priscila also facilitated storytelling workshops and performances in schools, community centres, libraries and companies in Sao Paulo, Brazil for several years.
Since starting her theatre career, she has trained in contact improvisation dance with Joerg Hassmann (Australia) and Cia. Nova Dança 4 (Brazil); in contemporary dance with Ruth Rachou and Denise Passos (Brazil); in Viewpoints with Zen Zen Zo; in Linklater Voice Training with Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble (Australia); Rudolf Steiner’s Creative Speech and Drama with the Independent School for Creative Speech and the Art of Drama (New Zealand).