Cleise Furtado Mendes is a playwright, poet, short story writer and permanent professor of the Graduate Program in Performing Arts. With Bachelor degrees in Linguistics and Literature (1972) and in Literary Studies (1974), both from UFBA, she holds an MA in Linguistics and Literature (1985) and a PhD in Linguistics and Literature (2001), from UFBA as well. She is currently an associate professor IV of the Federal University of Bahia, Member of the Bahia Academy of Letters, Adviser of the Bahia State Council of Culture, Editorial Board Member of the Teatro & Dança Repertório. She has experience in Arts, especially in Theater and is a researcher at CNPq, leading the research group Dramatis.