BEATRIZ KOPSCHITZ BASTOShas an M.A. in English from Northwestern University,USA, and a PhD in Irish Studies from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. Her post- doctoral research project on “Contemporary Irish Theatre” was based at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil, and included a period as visiting scholar at Trinity College, Dublin. She has lectured at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil, and in the W.B. Yeats Chair of Irish Studies program at the University of São Paulo. She is currently a theatre producer in São Paulo, a guest research scholar in the W.B. Yeats Chair of Irish Studies, and an executive member of The Brazilian Association of Irish Studies (ABEI), and The International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (IASIL), for which she is also Chair of the Bibliography Committee.She is a co-editor of A New Ireland in Brazil (2008), Ilha do Desterro 58 –Contemporary Irish Theatre (2010), and A Garland of Words (2010). Her present interests involve interdisciplinary research and practice in the fields of Irish literature, cinema, theatre and performance. Her most recent activities include: publication of The Uncle Jack (2011), with the screenplay and DVD by Northern Ireland’s filmmaker John T. Davis, co-edited with Lance Pettitt, and the production of Brian Friel’s Faith Healer (2009/2010) and Tom Murphy’s Balangangaire (2011), both with Cia Ludens, a Brazilian theatre company that stages Irish plays translated into Portuguese.