Playwright Saviana Stanescu

Photo by Jody Christopherson
Photo by Jody Christopherson

An excerpt from Google Me by Saviana Stanescu. Read by Saviana Stanescu. Sound design by Natalie Johnsonius Neubert.

Saviana Stanescu ( www.saviana.com) is a Romanian-born award-winning playwright widely produced internationally and in the US.

Recent productions include: Useless at IRT, Ants at NJ Rep,  Aliens With Extraordinary Skills (Women’s Project, Ego Actus – NYC; B Street Theatre – California; Teatro La Capilla – Mexico City, Odeon Theatre – Bucharest; published by Samuel French), Waxing West (La MaMa Theatre, 2007 NY Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Full-length Script), For a Barbarian Woman (Fordham/EST), Polanski Polanski (HERE, PS122, Chain Theatre), Organic (National Theatre, Bucharest, Romania).

Her plays have been developed/presented at the Lark Play Development Center, New York Theatre Workshop, New York Stage & Film, Long Wharf Theatre, EST, New Group, PS122, HERE, New Georges, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Playwrights’ Foundation, Traveling Jewish Theatre, Immigrants Theatre Project, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Origin Theatre Company, etc.

Honors include: Indie Theater Hall of Fame, Indie Theater Person of the Year 2010, 2007-2008 NYSCA playwright-in-residence with Women’s Project, writer-in-residence for Richard Schechner’s East Coast Artists, inaugural Audrey residency with New Georges. Ms Stanescu has been the Director of Eastern European Exchange for The Lark Play Development Center, the curator of playgroundzero and New York with an Accent, and the founder of Immigrant/International Artists and Scholars in New York (IASNY). She holds an MA in Performance Studies (Fulbright) and an MFA in Dramatic Writing, both from  NYU, Tisch School of the Arts, and a PhD in Theatre from National University for Theatre&Film in Bucharest, Romania. Saviana has taught at NYU-Tisch, Strasberg Institute for Theatre&Film, ESPA-Primary Stages, Instituto Cultural Helénico in Mexico City, Transylvania Playwriting Camp, etc. Currently she teaches Playwriting & Theatre Studies at Ithaca College.

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