Antônio Araújo is the artistic director of the Teatro da Vertigem, whose first production, Paraíso Perdido by John Milton (1992), staged in a church, was awarded the São Paulo Art Critics Association Special Prize. The show which brought national and international recognition to the Teatro da Vertigem was O Livro de Jó (1995), based on the Old Testament story of the same name and staged in a hospital. This production received numerous awards from the Brazilian theatre world and Antônio Araújo himself won four national prizes for this show in the Best Director category. In 2000, he directed Apocalipse 1,11 in a disused prison and this received, amongst other awards, the Special Shell Prize for Theatre in 2001.
In 2006, he presented BR-3, a show set on the river Tietê, which won three awards for the Teatro da Vertigem, including the 2006 Shell Prize for Best Director. BR-3 also received the Gold Medal for Best Realization of a Production in the 2011 Prague Quadrennial. Most of his works have toured abroad, especially in Latin America and Europe.
In 2008, he directed the opera Dido and Aeneas, a site specific production commissioned by the Teatro Municipal de São Paulo.
Apart from opera and theatre productions, he created urban performances and interventions in public spaces, together with Teatro da Vertigem and collaborators from other fields, such as architects, urbanists, philosophers, etc.
Amongst other Antônio Araújo's other productions to be mentioned are Jean-Luc Largarce’s Histoire d’Amour; Marguerite Yourcenar’s Clytemnestre; Franz-Xaver Kroetz’s Oberösterreich; and Yukio Mishima's Aoi.
In 1996-1997, he held a scholarship from the Fellowship of the Americas from the Kennedy Center Washington DC.
In July and August 1998, he was an artist-in-residence at the Royal Court Theatre in London.
Currently he teaches theatre directing at the University of São Paulo and works as a guest artist and a visiting professor at the Giessen Universität, University of Amsterdam, the Rits Arts School and the Université Paris 8.
Production of Festival d'Avignon and Théâtre National/Bruxelles, in collaboration with Teatro da Vertigem.