Rodrigo Filipe "Rod" Couto Beilfuss is a Brazilian-born Canadian actor-director based in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Rod trained at the University of Winnipeg and at England's London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA). He was a founding member of Theatre by the River (TBTR), for whom he's directed the Canadian premieres of Duncan Macmillan's Lungs and Mike Bartlett's Bull (Bull was staged in repertory with Bartlett's Olivier Award winning Cock).
Rod is currently working on developing a project very close to his heart, Bravura Theatre: a multilingual classical theatre company that will give him the chance to explore his split Brazilian-Canadian personality through the works of William Shakespeare. He has recently started rehearsals for Hamlet (opening April 29), and is also teaching a 22-week Shakespeare class at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People.
Additionally, through his work with Bravura Theatre, Rod will have the chance to explore Winnipeg’s culturally diverse community; contributing to the growth of our city’s global awareness and making classical works more accessible to patrons and students of all backgrounds.
Further to his acting, directing, producing, teaching, and writing, Rod functions as the Communications & Marketing Coordinator for ACI Manitoba (the Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba). He promotes programs and helps organize cultural and training events for local artists.