Paola Pilnik is a theater maker from São Paulo, Brazil. As a performer, writer and director, Paola aims to provoke audiences through plays that satirize current politics and subvert the norm. Interested in alternative ways to live and create, Paola was drawn to the work of ensemble theater companies and has been fortunate to work with members of Double Edge Theatre, Théâtre du Soleil, Anne Bogart and the SITI Company, Complicite, Studio Matejka, Divadlo Continuo, Song of the Goat, among others. S/he attended the National Theater Institute and graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Acting and minor in Creative Writing. A recipient of the 2017 Tim Disney Prize for Excellence in the Storytelling Arts, Paola relocated to Europe in 2018 and continues to develop the solo performance "Ithaca", which premiered December 2017 at the Electric Lodge in Venice, CA.
Paola also plays the accordion and sews, but can't whistle very well. Currently living in Berlin, Germany.