Born in February 1987 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She grew up in the Vigário Geral, a peripheral area of the town. During her teenage years, she took part in social/cultural programs at Lona Cultural Joao Bosco and Lona Cultural Jacob do Bandolim, which were Cultural spaces for residents of peripheral areas, Where she was first introduced to Theater and technical lighting. Since 2001, she’s been taking part in the cultural scene of the marginalized communities.
In 2009, Thais took part in an internship program from SESC, at the project Geringonça. as a coordinator of the volunteers and artists who performed monthly in the program. In 2010, she took the role of curator at a Non-Profit social and educational program at Cineclub Camarim, a project sponsored by the Government of Rio, which organized film screenings for students from public film schools. .
Furthermore, she participated in the Cultural Studies Bachelor at UFF that supported a film exchange studies program in Lisbon - Portugal. In 2014, she moved to Spain to acquire a Master's degree in Audiovisual Communication.
As a journalist, Thais wrote articles related to film, politics and feminism as a producer in TV channels like TV Brasil and post-producer coordinator at TV Globo.
Currently living in Berlin, she has experienced a variety of productions. Working as Live Video Design Director for the Live Performance Black Power Naps at Sophiensaele; as a Researcher for José Barahona's "Alma Clandestina" documentary, about political refugee Dora Barcelos who lived in Berlin in the 1970s. In 2019, performed as Light Designer for the performances “Banana Pride” at English Theatre Berlin and “Texas” at Acud Macht.
In documentary filmmaking, besides the Project Herdeiros (Heirs), which she researched, produced, directed and edited; she worked in the project “Unser Wald Brennt” for the German TV network ProSieben and in the short documentary film “Frontlines of all kind” by scholars Navild Acosta and Fannie Sosa; in the latter she also edited the piece.
Thais has been increasingly in touch with her ancestry and aware of the importance in occupying art spaces as a woman of color.
Photo credit Oumu Photography Berlin