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Ariane de Melo is a Brazilian professional Actress and Theater Director, a Fantasy Author and Theater Maker. She draws on her experience in Performing Arts to connect with people around the world.

She grew up in Rio de Janeiro where she started her career in early age. Ariane moved to Hamburg, Germany, on her own, when she was only nineteen. While fighting to fit in a culture so different from hers, and facing depressive times, she still managed to learn the language, become an official member of the German press, have two novels published, and go back to the only thing in the world she truly deeply loves: The Theater.

Ariane went to school to study Performing Arts and graduated once again. Being educated in two so different countries gave her methods a unique signature by mixing the love for details and systems from old Europe with the passion and courage from beautiful Brazil. Today Ariane is the mother of a gorgeous boy and lives in Berlin with her Family. Her work with non-actors goes from children to professional Public Speakers. As a supporter of innovation, she became an official TEDx partner and coaches speakers for several different events worldwide. Her love for the Theater, Fantasy Literature and Cultural Diversity made her a mix of colorful ideas that might or might not help change a tiny bit of the world for the better, but she sure is going to keep trying.

Ariane de Melo is a Brazilian professional Actress and Theater Director, a Fantasy Author and Theater Maker. She draws on her experience in Performing Arts to connect with people around the world.

She grew up in Rio de Janeiro where she started her career in early age. Ariane moved to Hamburg, Germany, on her own, when she was only nineteen. While fighting to fit in a culture so different from hers, and facing depressive times, she still managed to learn the language, become an official member of the German press, have two novels published, and go back to the only thing in the world she truly deeply loves: The Theater.

Ariane went to school to study Performing Arts and graduated once again. Being educated in two so different countries gave her methods a unique signature by mixing the love for details and systems from old Europe with the passion and courage from beautiful Brazil. Today Ariane is the mother of a gorgeous boy and lives in Berlin with her Family. Her work with non-actors goes from children to professional Public Speakers. As a supporter of innovation, she became an official TEDx partner and coaches speakers for several different events worldwide. Her love for the Theater, Fantasy Literature and Cultural Diversity made her a mix of colorful ideas that might or might not help change a tiny bit of the world for the better, but she sure is going to keep trying.

HOW IT STARTED

I started on stages at a very early age, but not because my mother wanted it, I did. Like many girls, I was the driving force to play on the stage. I was the one to beg her to take me to places where I could expend my creativity.

My mother tried to stop me many times because she was afraid I might get hurt. She was right. Still, even though show biz is not nice to its children, I couldn't be far from the stage.

It wasn't for the spotlight; it was for the endless possibilities that art gave me. It was for being able to live inside of my imagination without being considered insane. Well, not quite, but a socially accepted way of insanity.

I played on small stages, in state theaters, in schools, on open-air stages, at universities in festivals, on the streets! Altogether, they count over 500 hours of live acting experience, and they shaped me like nothing else.

And though this journey hasn't been the easiest, I would have done everything the same all over again.

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HOW IT STARTED

I started on stages at a very early age, but not because my mother wanted it, I did. Like many girls, I was the driving force to play on the stage. I was the one to beg her to take me to places where I could expend my creativity.

My mother tried to stop me many times because she was afraid I might get hurt. She was right. Still, even though show biz is not nice to its children, I couldn't be far from the stage.

It wasn't for the spotlight; it was for the endless possibilities that art gave me. It was for being able to live inside of my imagination without being considered insane. Well, not quite, but a socially accepted way of insanity.

I played on small stages, in state theaters, in schools, on open-air stages, at universities in festivals, on the streets! Altogether, they count over 500 hours of live acting experience, and they shaped me like nothing else.

And though this journey hasn't been the easiest, I would have done everything the same all over again.

WHY CREATE THEATER INSTEAD OF WORKING IN ONE?

I never wanted to act for a living; my dream was to be a journalist. I just have always loved the Theater, so much it is even hard to explain. But my passion for the Theater goes beyond Professional Acting; I genuinely believe that the Theater-Work can change people.

Back in Brazil, I learned about Augusto Boal’s legacy, his Pedagogical and Therapeutic Theater got my attention; it fascinated me. But it wasn’t until I came to Germany that I realized I wanted to create something similar.

As an immigrant life wasn’t easy. I had to learn a whole new language, adapt to an entirely new culture. I felt lonely and powerless in many occasions; one day I broke completely, I hit rock bottom and believed I was worthless.

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That’s when I wrote a Dark Fantasy novel about Dead Dreams – that’s how The Theater Of Dead Dreams™ was born.

My book brought me back to life, and I decided I wanted to help other people achieve the same thing. The Professional Theater Industry is limited; I wanted to reach people who don’t even know they need the Theater. So, I founded The Digital Theater Project™, a way to bring my Art of making Theater to non-actors across the globe.

It all started with the Public Speakers; they were the ones to show me how much creativity is needed, and how much the Theater can heal.

THE DARK FANTASY NOVELS

And So, I write about Darkness

I'm a happy person. I laugh a lot, I listen to loud music, I like to dance and sing, and I try to be at least polite if I can't be nice. So people ask me frequently why would I write about death when I'm full of Life?

Well... I don't see the difference. I see them both as two sides of the same coin.

When I started writing, I already started in the dark scene. I was seven years old.
Back then all I knew was that I felt protected in the dark. And nothing's changed: it feels like home. It's a part of me. As I grew older I found out the reason why: it's because I need death to be near me.

"Oh, my God, You're so creepy"

YES AND NO

Death is a taboo, that's why people blush when I talk openly about it. We don't like to think about death. We ignore it until it's too late.

I can't live like that. I want to be confronted with the fact that life ends so that I can treasure it.
If I keep thinking I'll live forever - as we unconsciously do-, I wouldn't have anything to live for.

It sounds strange to some people, but I need to walk side by side with Mr. Grimm Reaper, so I will go willingly - and without regrets - when he comes for me.

It is as simple as that

THE COSPLAYS

When I first had my novels published, I had no idea how to promote them. The publishing world is crowded, and it's not easy to stand out.

One day, I asked myself what I had that nobody else had to offer? The answer was so easy that I was angry for not thinking of it sooner: I am an actress, and more, I am an actress that genuinely loves her dark side.

That's where they were born: the cosplays.

I started cosplaying my characters as a marketing move to promote my novels, and that was when they exploded.

Standing to your uniqueness is what will get you to stand out. That's what I am here for.

COME OUT OF YOUR SHELL

For all the world's a stage...

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