Carlos Eduardo Pires

BA Hons, PGCert, MA

postgraduate research student

Carlos Eduardo Pires holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies from Universidade de Araraquara (Brazil), a Postgraduate Certificate in Art History from Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (Brazil), and a Master's degree from the University of East London (UK).

During his MA, Carlos Eduardo (Cadu) focused on participatory performance and the role of intimacy in engaging audiences. He explored how individuals become involved in narratives and what memories they are willing to share. His dissertation investigated how autobiographical dramaturgy, combined with a one-to-one format, can facilitate an exchange of intimacy between performer and spectator.

Carlos Eduardo received the University of Greenwich Vice-Chancellor's PhD Scholarship, which supports his research on intimacy, community engagement, and one-to-one performances. His work aims to develop a methodology using practice-based research to engage with Woolwich (Southeast London) community narratives and guide future arts policies.

Combining theatrical expertise with audience data insights, Carlos Eduardo also develops experiential projects that enable organisations and brands to create remarkable experiences through relevant content and compelling narratives. His career is dedicated to creating multi-platform content, interactive activations, performance artworks, cultural projects, and narrative-based experiences that connect organisations with people through meaningful events.

Responsibilities within the university

Member of the Centre for Creative Futures.

Member of the Drama Theatre and Performance Research Group.


* DRAM1190 – Site Performance

* DRAM1202 – Performing Technologies


2021 University of Greenwich Vice-Chancellor's PhD Scholarship

Research / Scholarly interests

(How) Woolwich Works: Strategy for Cross-Cultural Engagement in a Divided Community.

This PhD proposal takes Carlos Eduardo’s practice-led research a step further, exploring the dynamics and effects of a one-to-one performance as a method of inquiry in a divided community and establishing strategies of cross-cultural engagement.

Carlos Eduardo’s research interests include Participatory Performance, Cultural History, Community Engagement, Digital Arts, Immersive Theatre, Transmedia Narrative, and VR Experiences.

Recent publications


Bondar, M. and Pires, C.E. (2024) ‘A Phenomenology of Misfits: A Case Study of Practice-as-Research in Higher Education Symposia’, PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research, 6(1). doi:10.33011/partake.v6i1


Lopes Ramos, Jorge , Maravala, Persis-Jadé, Guillery, Kesia, Pires, Carlos Eduardo , Martin-Ortega, Olga , Karanasiou, Argyro (2022), RADIO GHOST. (1st) (doi: NB Item availability restricted.


2022 ‘Mesh (in-between): one-on-one performance to reveal individual narratives and Impact future arts policy’ In: Performance as Research Group, International Federation for Theatre Research Conference, Wednesday 22 June 2022, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland.

2021 ‘Beyond the Black Box: Approaching Audience Participation in Cinematic Experiences’In: HoMER Annual Conference, Monday 24 May – Saturday 29 May, Maynooth University, Dublin, Ireland.


Lopes Ramos, Jorge , Maravala, Persis-Jade, Guillery, Kesia, Pires, Carlos Eduardo , Flight, Ross (2023), Within Touching Distance [Live Performance]. (doi:


Hockham, David , Boddington, Ghislaine, Zisels Lopes Machado Ramos, Jorge, Andrade Pires, Carlos Eduardo (2022), Practice as research and knowledge exchange café’s (PARKE): methodologies to connect beyond academia. The Culture Capital Exchange - UKRI. National Centre for Academic and Cultural Exchange (NCACE) (1st) (doi:


Lopes Ramos, Jorge , Maravala, Persis-Jadé, Guillery, Kesia, Andrade Pires, Carlos Eduardo (2022), RADIO GHOST - Lumen Prize Interactive Award. Winner - video submission. (1st) NB Item availability restricted.