Vagner João Benício de Almeida
Date of Birth:
May 31, 1957
Avenida Nossa Senhora de Copacabana 13, Apt. 1101
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
300 West 109th Street, Apt. 2JK
New York, NY 10025
Current Position Title:
Department of Sociomedical Sciences
Mailman School of Public Health
722 West 168th Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10032
Catholic University of Petrópolis, Brazil
Field of Study: Social Studies and Education
New York University, New York, USA
Field of Study: Film and Vídeo Direction Certificate
2002- present: Staff Associate, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.
Responsibilities in current position:
2003: Facilitator, Training Course for Health Care Providers, Beira, Mozambique, MTCT-Plus Program to Prevent Mother-to-Child-Transmission of HIV Infection, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.
2002 – present: Staff of SPW – Sexuality Policy Watch
2002-present: Program Coordinator for Studies on HIV/AIDS in Brazil, Center for Gender, Sexuality and Health, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.
2002- present: Director of Liaisons with Community-Based Organizations, Center for Gender, Sexuality and Health, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.
2002: International consultant, communication for Voluntary Counseling and HIV testing, government of Mozambique, Ministry of Health, National AIDS Program (Funding by the United Nations Development Program), Maputo, Mozambique.
1999 – 2002: Research Associate, Social Movements and HIV/AIDS in Brazil, Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association (ABIA) (Funding provided by the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, with funds from the National Science Foundation), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
1997 - 2002: Project Coordinator, HIV Prevention Program for Young Men, funded by the Brazilian Ministry of Health's National STD/AIDS Program, with funds provided by the World Bank), Brazilian Interdisciplinary Association (ABIA), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
1997: International Consultant and Communications Specialist, Population Service International (PSI), training in the use of theater techniques in Prevention of AIDS and production of educational videos and bulletins, Washington, D.C. United States, and Maputo, Mozambique.
1993 - 1997: Project Coordinator, Theater Workshop (funding provided by the United States Agency for International Development - USAID), Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association (ABIA), Rio de Janeiro.
1990 - 1996: Theater Critic for the Newspaper Papo Teatral, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
1989 – 2000: Researcher at the Center for Studies and Research in Collective Health at the Institute of Social Medicine (CEPESC) of the Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ), Brazil.
1990 - 1996: Professor at the META School of Theater and Arts, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
1996 – 1997: Professor and Coordinator of the Workshop in Expressionist Theater of the GPTLE Theater Company, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association (ABIA), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
"11* Citizenship Award in Respect for Diversity, Documentary Film category – 2011 Edition" Association of GLBT Pride, June –2011
"Award – Astra Rio - Against Homophobia" - CEDIM - Rio de Janeiro, 2009
"Award - Praise and Congratulations - A Day For Diversity and Against Discrimination-ALERJ - Rio de Janeiro, 2006
"6 * Citizenship Award in Respect for Diversity - 2006 Edition" Association of GLBT Pride - New York, June – 2006
“Borbeletas da Vida, The Butterflies, Best Documentary - New York Brazilian Filme Festival – NYBFF – Award” – New York, September – 2005
“GLTT Award” – Turma OK, Rio de Janeiro, 2003
“Site Club Award” – Nova Iguaçú, Rio de Janeiro, 2003
“I Troféu HSH 2002” – ABIA, Associação Brasileira Interdisciplinar de AIDS, Auditoria da FIRJAN, Rio de Janeiro, 2002
“The SATERD RJ (the Rio de Janeiro Syndicate of Entertainment Artists and Technicians) Prize" for Prevention Cabaret, at the Alaska Theater, Rio de Janeiro, October 1995.
President, Director and Member
Founder and Director of the GPTPALB (Freedom of Expression Group of Theatrical Research and Artistic Productions), created to research the scenic arts, productions of theater spectacles, poetry, ballet, operettas and videos with social themes such as domestic violence, discrimination, stigma and citizenship, Rio de Janeiro, 1993.
President and Director of the Somos Dois Produções Artísticas agency, Rio de Janeiro, 1989-1993.
Founder and Director of the Pó de Protesto Theater Group, Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, 1971-1984.
“Afonso Pena Poetry Festival Prize” for Best Interpreter, Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, 1980
“Alliance Française Award” at the Tijuca Theater Festival, Rio de Janeiro, 1979
B. Selected Publications
García, J, Muñoz-Laboy, M, Almeida, V, Parker, R - Local Impacts of Religious Discourses on Rights to Express Same-Sex Sexual Desires in Peri-Urban Rio de Janeiro - Sexuality Research & Social Policy, September 2009 Vol. 6, No. 3, USA
Rios, L, F. , Almeida, V, , Pimenta, C., Terto, V. , Parker, R. (eds) Homossexualidade: Produção Cultural, Cidadania e Saúde, Rio de Janeiro, ABIA, 2004.
Munõz-Laboy, M., Almeida, V., Rios, L, F., Parker, R., “Promoting Sexual Health Trough Action Research Among Young Male Sex Workers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil”, Practicing Anthropology – A Career-Oriented Publication of the Society for Applied Antropology – Vol 26, No.2 Spring 2004, USA.
Almeida, V., Rios, L, F. Barros, A. , Extra G, Editor-in-Chief, Rio de Janeiro, ABIA, 2003 – 2005.
Rios, L. F. , Almeida, V. and Parker, R. (eds) Juventude e homosexualidade: o que os pais precisam saber, Rio de Janeiro, ABIA, 2002.
Almeida, V., Rios, L. F. and Parker, R. (orgs) Ritos e ditos de jovens gays, Rio de Janeiro, ABIA, 2002.
Rios, L. F. and Almeida, V. , “Diversidade sexual e o trabalho do sexo: os jovens michês no Rio de Janeiro”, Rio de Janeiro, Boletim ABIA, 2002.
Almeida, V., “Relatorio da missao para avaliacao de materiais de IEC e criação da demanda para os GATVs, Hospital de dia e cuidados ao domicilio”, Rio de Janeiro, ABIA, 2002.
Almeida, V., “Vulnerability and Strategies for Action before the HIV/AIDS Epidemic,” ABIA, July 2001.
Almeida, V., Creation of the monthly newsletter “Youth and Sexual Diversity,” Rio de Janeiro, ABIA, June 2001.
Almeida, V., “Structural Violence, Social Inequality and Vulnerability before HIV/AIDS”, Rio de Janeiro, ABIA, 2000.
Almeida, V., “Prevenção Cabaret,” in Among Men, Parker, R. and Terto Jr. V. (org), Rio de Janeiro: ABIA, 1998.
Almeida, V., “ASF - Family Health Association: Book on the Evaluation of AIDS in the Sphere of the AIDSCAP Project, São Paulo, AIDSCAP, 1998.
Almeida, V., Terto Jr. V. and Parker, R., “Manual do Facilitador”. Oficinas de Prevencao a HIV/AIDS, Rio de Janeiro, ABIA, 1997.
Almeida, V., “The Importance of Theater (Derived Arts) in the Prevention of HIV/AIDS in Mozambique,” PSI– Population Service International, Maputo, Mozambique, 1997.
Terto Jr. V., Parker, R. and Almeida, V., “Manual of Prevention for Workshops: ABIA, 1996”, Rio de Janeiro, ABIA, 1996.
Almeida, V., “Expressionist Theater, Sexuality and AIDS,” ABIA Bulletin, Rio de Janeiro, ABIA, 1994.
Almeida, V., “Expressionist Theater Workshop for Men who have Sex with Men,” Rio de Janeiro, ABIA Bulletin, n. 25, July/August 1994.
My Major Video Productions:
"Cabaret Prevenção" [Prevention Cabaret] (1996),
"PSI - Population Service International" direction (04) videos for educational and prevention of HIV / AIDS-themed for Teens, Women, Men, Truckers, with the Group Theater and Verbela Mutumbela Gogo, Maputo, Mozambique, May,(1996),
New York University "Live Show", "Catch The Rain", "Gay Marriage", "Voodu Culture - National History Museum, NY ", "Where You Are, Don't Forget Me!" (1998),
"Ritos e Ditos de Jovens Gays" [Rites and Saying of Gay Youth] (2001/02),
"Troféu HSH-Oficina de Ritos" (2002),"
"BLSC - Going Beaneth the Equator"- The trip that the group of students from Columbia University took in Rio de Janeiro visiting NGOs , Favelas and hospitals between December and January - Brazil - USA(2003/04),
“Larry Remmers – Love Songs for the Wary” – Danny’s Skylight Room Cabaret – New York, May, 2004
"Key Francis The oldest Transvestite in Brazil"- She died on April 13th, 2005 (2002/2003),
"Borboletas da Vida" [The Butterflies] (2004/05),
"Basta Um Dia" [Living Day by Day] (2006),
"Escola Sem Homofobia" (2006),
"Richard Parker: Kinsey Presentation” (2007),
"Michael Marmot in Mailmann School of Public Health Columbia University", (2007),
“The Politics of Public Health on a Global Stage – Celebrating 40 years of Confronting Inequalities -1968-2008” – (2009)
"Richard Parker: VII Congresso Brasileiro de Prevençãodas DST e AIDS” (2008),
"Dando a Volta por Cima' (2008)
“Sexuality and Hate Crimes” (2008),
"I Encontro Nacional Jovens Gays e Outros HSH" (2010),
"Janaína Dutra: Uma Dama de Ferro" (2011),
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