What’s your job?
“I’m co-artistic-director of Transatlantic Love Affair, director, actor and teacher. I like to call myself a theater maker.”
Other than your job, what are your claims to fame?
“Besides being part of the Transatlantic Love Affair ensemble that sold out the Rarig Thrust with Ash Land for the Fringe? I’m pretty low-key. I guess…I can speak four different languages and I’m working on the fifth. And my wife says I’m a pretty good cook.”
What’s your relationship status?
“Married to the very beautiful, very talented, very special Isabel Nelson. We are a love powerhouse!”
Where are you most likely to be seen?
“Tracy’s on Tuesdays for wings night. We have this tradition since Ballad of the Pale Fisherman: all the ensemble gets together for wings, tater tots, beer and silliness. Blue Door in Saint Paul. Amazing burgers, the best bean burger I’ve ever had, killer happy hour, and it’s walking distance from home. Very dangerous. St. Paul Saints game. I’ve fallen in love with baseball since I arrived in the States, and the Saints know how to put on a good show. If you want to have a good time, a Saints game is your answer.”
Where are you most likely not to be seen?
“I’m still new in the Cities. There’s no place I wouldn’t go. I’m up for anything. I might not go again…”
With whom are you most likely to be seen?
“With my wife Isabel. With good friends I’ve made in the past couple of years.”
Where were you born?
“I was born in Espinho, Portugal. Espinho is a small town 30 minutes south of Porto. I grew up close to the sea, with the smell of fresh fish in the air and the sound of the waves as a backdrop. Very different from Minnesota…”
What neighborhood do you live in now?
“I live in St. Paul really close to Macalester College. I really like this neighborhood. Good neighbors, good vibe, and everything is walking distance. Lots of coffee shops, good food, and vintage stores. And Izzy’s Ice Cream is just around the corner. Living here with Isabel makes my neighborhood a little piece of Heaven.”
What’s your ride?
“I’m a car person…I can’t wait for the light rail. It will change how this town moves.”
What’s the best way for someone to start a conversation with you?
“Just say hello…be nice and smile.”
Photo courtesy Diogo Lopes