Inês Mota was born in Porto in 1995. She is a scenographer whose interests include puppetry, light design, performance arts and visual arts.
She is currently attending École Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Technologies du Théâtre (ENSATT), Lyon, France, for her Master's in Scenography. Her studies are being supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation through the 2019 grant "Specialization and Professional Appreciation in Arts Abroad".
Between May 2018 and April 2019, Inês completed an internship at the Department of Props and Sets of Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espetáculo (ESMAE), Porto, Portugal, where she was responsible for organising the workshops, classrooms and storage spaces, watching over the props, tools, materials and equipment, as well as supporting and supervising the construction of set elements. In June 2018, as part of this internship, Inês was also assistant set designer to Marta Silva in the comic opera "La Donna di Génio Volubile", written by Marcos de Portugal, a co-production between ESMAE's postgraduate course in opera and Teatro Nacional São João, staged by António Durães.
Inês also nurtures a curiosity for other countries and cultures, leading her to collaborate in 2017 with the Red Ladder Theatre Company in Leeds, United Kingdom, as an intern for six months. During this period, she was the assistant set designer in Red Ladder's production "The Shed Crew", based in Bernard Hare's book and staged by Rod Dixon in a found alternative space - a warehouse in the outskirts of Leeds. In 2016, Inês attended Libera Accademia di Belle Arti (LABA) in Brescia, Italy, as an Erasmus+ student during the final semester of her Bachelor’s degree in Scenography, granted that same year by ESMAE.
Professionally, she has collaborated with GAD – Giselle Academia de Dança, Teatro e Marionetas de Mandrágora, Funâmbula_Grupo Criativo, Público Reservado, Emílio Gomes e Renata Portas, Clube de Teatro da Escola Básica da Gafanha da Encarnação, coordinated by Madalena Melo. And had the opportunity to see her work presented in Sala de Bolso da ASSéDIO Teatro, Teatro Municipal do Porto - Campo Alegre, Teatro Carlos Alberto, Fábrica das Ideias da Gafanha da Nazaré, Casa da Cultura de Ílhavo, Serralves em Festa (2013, 2019), Prague Quadrennial (2015, 2019).