Fátima Ribeiro was born in Gáfete, Crato, Portalegre. She has a Law degree from the Universidade de Coimbra, another in Cinema from the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema, and a post-graduate degree in Performing Arts. She currently teaches screenplay-writing for cinema at ESTC. She began her career in Cinema in 1990 as a continuity supervisor and assistant; and in Theatre in 1993, with the staging of “Menina Júlia” at Casa Conveniente, in Lisbon. Her work in Theatre would end up being sporadic, with Cinema taking over her professional life. She works with, among others, the directors Fernando Lopes, João César Monteiro, António da Cunha Telles, Catherine Breillat and Fernando Trueba. It was also during shooting that she met the contemporary artist that most influences her: Pina Bausch. However, she had a decisive encounter with playwright José Sanchis Sinisterra, leading her, in 2007, to start writing for the stage. In 2018, she was awarded the Inatel Grand Prize for New Theatre Texts. Between 1997 and 2011, she wrote and directed four films.
1997 – Palavra de Honra
1998 – A Testemunha
1998 – Vida Breve em 3 Fotografias
2001 – Mais Tarde
2011 – A Divisão Social do Trabalho Segundo Adam Smith