writer / director / ARTivist
photo by Jody Christopherson
SAVIANA STANESCU is one of the most impressive writers who emerged from Eastern Europe (Romania) after the fall of the Iron Curtain.
She spent her formative years during Ceausescu's dictatorship, fought in the streets at the Romanian Revolution in 1989, and worked as a journalist in the free press of the 90s.
An award-winning playwright (Best Play of the Year 1999 UNITER Award) and host of a live TVRi talk-show called Necessary Polemics, Saviana arrived in NYC two weeks before 9/11, with a Fulbright Fellowship, to study at New York University and reset her life/career.
Her American plays are explorations of the in-betweenness that defines the immigrant experience.
Saviana has never lost her revolutionary spirit and continues to be an ARTivist for the rights of the underrepresented, a playwright of the oppressed, a voice for THE OTHERS.
Her plays have been widely presented internationally and in the US. Recent New York productions include:
FOR A BARBARIAN WOMAN directed by Niegel Smith, a co-production Fordham/EST
ALIENS WITH EXTRAORDINARY SKILLS directed by Tea Alagic, at Women's Project (published by Samuel French) BUY THE BOOK HERE
WAXING WEST (2007 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Full-length Script), directed by Benjamin Mosse, at La MaMa Theatre
YOKASTAS REDUX directed/co-authored by Richard Schechner, at La MaMa Theatre
POLANSKI POLANSKI directed by Tamilla Woodard, starring Grant Neale, at HERE and Chain Theatre.
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Inaugural New Georges' Audrey Residency, Indie Theatre Hall of Fame, Indie Theatre Person of the Year, NY Innovative Theatre for Outstanding Full-Length Script, Marulic Prize for Best European Radiodrama, NYSCA playwright in residence with Women's Project, TCG, Fulbright, Goldberg, MacLaine, Antoine Vitez, Best Romanian Play of the Year 2000 UNITER Award.
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Saviana has taught and lectured at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Columbia University, Fordham University, Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) - Primary Stages, NY Strasberg Theatre&Film Institute, Mexico's Instituto Cultural Helénico etc.
Currently Saviana works as a tenure-track assistant professor of Playwriting & Performance Studies at Ithaca College, Theatre Arts.
Read Saviana's nytheatre.com INTERVIEW about her teaching at Einhorn School for Performing Arts (ESPA) - Primary Stages.