Mariana Viegas Bennett

Production Placement

  • LocationUnited Kingdom

About me


Dual British and Portuguese nationality. Full driver’s licence. Languages: English (native), Portuguese (native), French (fluent), Russian (advanced), Spanish (basic). IT Skills: Experienced user in Mac, MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and intermediate Photoshop, iMovie, audacity. Experienced user of Isadora. Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest.



  • Events
  • Marketing PR
  • Theatre
  • Design
  • Directing
  • Project Management
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Production Assistant
  • Excel
  • Office
  • Photoshop
  • Powerpoint
  • Word
  • People and Team Management
  • Team Collaboration

Work history


Event Staff

High Society

Oct 2014
  • Casual event/waiting staff for a range of events around London.


Production Placement

London International Festival of Theatre

Sep 2014 - Dec 2014
  • Working directly with Mark Ball and Beki Bateson. Arranging and going to meetings with heads of arts organisations including: Jonathan Reekie at Somerset House, Edward Kemp at RADA, Caroline Jenkinson at Camden Arts Council, and Ursula Woolley at Pushkin House. Liaising with artists such as Luke Jerram and Victoria Melody. Creating detailed spreadsheets for programming the next festival whilst looking closely at LIFT’s equality plan. Detailed and thorough research of arts organisations and history of the Bloomsbury area, cultural vision papers and travel arrangements. Production support for LIFT’s Christmas event with Mark Rylance, Juliet Stevenson, Dame Diana Rigg and Charles Dance. Helping with the drafting of proposals for the GLA, minuting meetings, general admin duties and box office duty (spektrix).


Assistant Marketing Manager


Jul 2014 - Aug 2014
  • Led detailed research of the use of social media in marketing strategies of law firms abroad and in Russia. Presentation to CSG senior partners about social media and proposal of a social media marketing strategy. Proofreading and translation of the English version of CSG’s website.


Director, Designer and Producer


Feb 2014 - Jun 2014
  • Directed, designed and produced Aurora Boreal, an adaptation of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood called Aurora Boreal. Worked with 4 professional actors, sourced props, designed lighting and sound. Publicity and marketing work: designed poster and programme. Front of house, backstage and stage management.


Conference Assistance

Socius/iseg Lisbon, Portugal

May 2012 - Nov 2013
  • Conference assistance for various conferences: meeting and greeting professors and general members of the public, runner duties, taking photographs of the event.


Marketing Intern

UK Jewish Film Ltd

Jul 2013 - Sep 2013
  • Researched and compiled a database of language and cultural targeted societies and organisations, updated and maintain the website, twitter, Facebook and Pinterest accounts. Proofread and organised the distribution of fundraising appeal letters, led the delivery of marketing materials around London Synagogues and cultural centres, general administration.


Volunteer Ambassador Team Leader


May 2013 - Jun 2013
  • Main point of contact and support for my 20 strong team of volunteers, liaising with the Volunteer Coordinator (Aisha Amarfio), providing information to visitors and artists, assisting with the preparation of event paperwork and artist packs, supporting the projects administrator and the Production Managers on site, coordinating distribution of publicity material, stewarding.


Artist Liaison

Greenwich Docklands International Festival 2013 Lugar ?? Dança 2012 World Music Festival: FMM Sines 2012

Jun 2012 - Jun 2013
  • Personal assistance and support to visiting artists: meeting, greeting and interpreting from Spanish, English and Russian into Portuguese, main point of contact for the artists, acting as liaison to the production team. Working with discretion, I assured that schedules were kept to and accompanied artists to the performance venues. Administration and distribution of artist per diems. Worked with: Fatoumata Diawara, Socalled, Astillero, Fatalia, Fet à Ma, Aardlek.



Theatre Directing

Lisbon Theatre and Film Conservatory

Sep 2013 - Jun 2014
  • Diploma in Theatre


French Russian

University College London

Aug 2009 - Jun 2013
  • BA Modern Languages



UCLU Arts Commendation Award

  • Won an Arts Commendation Award as part of the drama society for directing and co-producing two short Russian plays: 'The Bear' by A. Chekhov and 'Love' by L. Petrushevskaya.