Cláudia Varejão was born in Porto, Portugal and studied film in the Artistic Creativity and Creation Program offered by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, alongside the German Film und Fernsehakademie Berlin, and in São Paulo’s International Film Academy. She also studied photography at AR.CO, in Lisbon.
She directed the documentary short film Wanting and the fictional short film trilogy Weekend, Cold Day, and Morning Light.
In the Darkness of the Theater I Take off My Shoes is her first feature film. Her most recent film, Ama-San , is set to premiere in 2016. Besides working as a director, she has carved a path in photography.