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Saviana Stanescu was born in Bucharest, Romania, on a cold February morning during Ceausescu’s dictatorship, and “reborn” in New York in the hot days of 2001.
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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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.