Ana Maria Belo is one of Australia’s most versatile performers. She is the first of her Portuguese family to be born in Australia. She began performing at a very young age and has continued to perform on most of our stages and screens – small, large, independent and mainstream.
She is a gifted writer, and has directed and produced her short films that have gone on to film festivals around the world. Her short film, Things To Do won her a TROPFEST award.
Ana Maria is deaf, and a proud Ambassador for the Shepherd Centre, a world leading charity that supports deaf children.
She began losing her hearing at the age of 7. By the time she was 14, hearing in her right ear was almost completely gone. She trained at NIDA through her deafness and entered the industry without anyone suspecting a thing. Later in 2012, she lost more hearing in her left ear and began wearing hearing aids and learning Auslan (Australian Sign Language). Ana Maria is an advocate for accessibility and is excited about the future of the Industry.