Our teaching staff is composed researchers and creative professionals working in several institutions. Most of them are members of the Arnaldo Araújo Centre


Sustained over a decade, our most important partnership is with São João National Theatre/TNSJ. This allows final year Theatre students to show their end of the course production in the TNSJ. Venues include: TNSJ’s salão Nobre, Carlos Alberto Theatre, and, preferably, Sala do Tribunal, São bento da Vitoria Monastery.

We regularly work with several Theatre companies, particularly:  

Ballet Teatro – Escola Profissional

Teatro das Marionetas do Porto

Ensemble- Sociedade de Actores , Teatro Art´Imagem, Seiva Trupe, Narrativa ensaio

Local companies of Vila Nova de Gaia, ETC Theatre, and Primeira Pedra

For more than 25 years, we have been working in close partnership with the International Festival of Iberian Expression/FITEI. This collaboration allows students to show their work in the FITEI programme as well as the hosting by ESAP of seminars, workshops and other festival events.

CEAA | Arnaldo Araújo Study Center

CEAA | Arnaldo Araújo Study Center

Maria Helena Maia

Arnaldo Araújo Research Center (CEAA) of the Escola Superior Artística do Porto is a research unit recognized by FCT (uID 4041) that develops research in the area of ​​Artistic Studies, concretely in the territories of Theory, Criticism and History.

At present, CEAA is organized into three research groups and one research line

Research groups:

G1 | Architecture Studies Group
G2 | Film Studies Group
G3 | Group of Art and Critical Studies

Research line: Common Place

The Group of Studies of Architecture is directed by Maria Helena Maia and conducts research in three major thematic areas, the last one linked with theater:

1. Architecture, Territory and Landscape

2. Strong Relations

3. Dramatic Architectures

CEAA | Centro de Estudos Arnaldo Araújo

DTC | Department of Theatre and Cinema

DTC | Department of Theatre and Cinema

Marta Freitas

The Department of Theater and Cinema - DTC is an academic structure coordinating the scientific areas of Theater and Cinema, and respective curricular units, promoting the articulation between the two courses.

One of the competencies of the DTC is to foster research through the development of individual or group projects whose research focuses on Theater, Cinema, or on the artistic intersection between these two areas, or adjacent areas. These projects also aim to stimulate research among ESAP students.

The Department publishes a peer reviewed journal and opan access: Persona - Journal of the Department of Theater and Cinema of ESAP

SATH | Autonomous Section of Theory and History

SATH | Autonomous Section of Theory and History

Alexandra Trevisan

The Autonomous Section of Theory and History is an academic structure coordinating the scientific areas of Theory and Criticism of Art, Theory and Critique of Architecture, Theater Theory and Criticism, History of Art, History of Architecture and Social Sciences and their respective curricular units , which develops a close scientific-pedagogical articulation with the courses that integrate it.

Among other responsibilities, SATH is responsible for organizing and developing research in its scientific areas, promoting research groups and projects, in addition to individual research, as well as supporting the activities and initiatives of faculty and researchers in the field of research.

Currently, SATH shares with the other departments of ESAP a research policy that goes through two types of actions:

1. The encouragement of the formation of research teams led by professors from SATH, through the funding of short-term collective research projects, ie ESAP Projects.

2. Raising students' awareness of the research, through the provision of Credit Research Internships (ECI) carried out in the context of ongoing projects.

In 2015, three research projects are underway at SATH, one of which is related to the Degree in Theater:

Dramatic Architectures 2015 (ESAP / 2015 / P24 / SATH). Principal Investigator: Jorge Palinhos