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Acting Bio
Fernan Rock, aka Fernando Rocha or Nando, is an actor, singer, director, and Drama/Theatre teacher.

He got a Master's Degree in Theatre. From a very early age, Fernan committed himself to the performing arts. He studied with great masters in Brazil and eight countries, Japan and Germany. He practiced the art of mime, of the dances he tried a little of each, of the classical ballet, passing through the modern and contemporary dance and pausing with a little more emphasis on the Brazilian folk and the Japanese butoh dance. He recently began researching American hip-hop and Indian Kathakali theater.
Founder of the Teatro Ritual Group in 1996 in Brazil and the Sonhus Space in Goiânia, a small theater dedicated to contemporary physical and experimental theater and projects involving the Art and Education of young people. He has published the book The Art of Actor in Group - The Training of Actor as Collective Culture and several academic articles on the actor's creative work. 

Fernan has performed with great directors such as Eugenio Barba, Julia Varley, and Iben Nagel Rasmussen of the Odin Teatret from Denmark in various exchanges and artistic residencies in Brazil. He also has worked with Japanese masters such as Tadashi Endo, who guided the creative process of the show Travessia Part II in residence of 40 days in Germany in 2008 and with Yoshito Ohno and Natsu Nakajima in Yokohama and Tokyo in Japan in 2010. Worked with the Italian-Argentinean Gustavo Colini in Buenos Aires in Argentina and Brazil when he directed and choreographed the show Travessia - Part III in Brazil. In the devised theater spectacle "A Força da Terra" (The Power of Earth) of Grupo Teatro Ritual, the late Uruguayan director Hugo Rodas directed him in 2013 in Brazil. He also worked with Hugo Rodas in 2002 in the immersive show "Memória Roubada" (Memory Stolen) with Shakespeare excerpts and in 2002, and in the creative process of the performance using poetry by Federico Garcia Lorca, titled "First Desire" in 2006. 

As a mime, he trained with Brazilian masters such as Luis Louis, Denise Stoklos, and Victor de Seixas, Disciples of Jacques-Lecoq and Desmond Jones, especially using techniques derived from the work of Ettiénne Decroux. In addition to Miqueias Paz and Alberto Gaus, authentic Brazilian mimes develop a mythical and Brazilian language. In addition to working on the actor's physicality, he works with other Brazilian theatrical groups, such as the Lume Theatre. It was created by the late master Luis Otávio Burnier, the apprentice of Ettiene Decroux, who also absorbs many of these same principles in their practice inspired by similar techniques. Fernan Rock had the immense privilege and satisfaction of receiving, in his city, Goiânia in Brazil, the mythical mime Ives Lebreton in the Encounter of Creators Actors, which was promoted in 2013.
Click here to learn more about the Sonhus Ritual Theater created by Fernando Rocha in 1996 in Brazil.

Based in Seattle since 2018, he has performed in the alternative scene, first performing in the Tiny Nutcracker at JazzBones in Tacoma. Then, producing his show Lost in Translation at Kirkland Performance Center. In 2019, he started to perform and conduct training with the Seattle Daipan Butoh Dance Collective until 2022, having performed in three editions of the Seattle Butoh Festival and in various performances in different venues in Seattle. Fernan was a resident artist in the Spectrum Dance Theater in 2019 and at Freehold Theater between 2021 and 2023. He trained with Jet City Improv in 2023, taught a workshop about Theater of the Oppressed and performed singing in 2019, acted in a stand-up comedy showcase at the Brazil Fest at Seattle Center in 2023, and had adventures on video and stand-up comedy in comedy clubs in Seattle. He also performed as a lead in the role of Pink in Pink Floyd's The Wall, a theatrical staged live concert performance of the iconic opera-rock in 2024. His dedication to Acting is now focusing on film and live performing arts.
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