Saviana stanescu (condeescu)

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1268 Amsterdam Ave, #3A, New York, NY 10027

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Faculty, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Drama Department,

Lee Strasberg Theatre&Film Institute

Artistic Advisor – Lark Play Development Center, New York

Artistic Director of New Drama Program – Romanian Cultural Institute in New York

Writer-in-residence - East Coast Artists (director: Richard Schechner)
As playwright/poet:

2009 Aliens With Extraordinary Skills – “Samuel French”, New York

2008 Waxing West – “United Stages”, 2007 New York Innovative Theater Award for

Outstanding Original Full-Length Script

2007 roMANIA after 2000 – an anthology of plays, TCG/CUNY

2006 Google me! – poetry, “Vinea” International Press, Bucharest-New York

2003 Diary of a Clone – poetry, “Spuyten Duyvil” , New York

2002 Compte a Rebours (Final Countdown) – a play, Antoine Vitez Center Award,

“L'Espace d'un instant” , Paris, France

2001 Black Milk – four plays (English-Romanian), Museum of Literature

2000 The Inflatable Apocalypse (BEST ROMANIAN PLAY OF THE YEAR 1999,


1997 Proscrisa/Outcast, (dramatic poem), “Cartea Romaneasca” Publishing House,


1996 Advice for housewives and muses (dramatic poems, prose), “Eminescu” Press

1994 Love on the barbed wire (poems), “Phoenix” Publishing House

2008 Voices from Undergroundzero, an anthology of American plays in German

translation, Fisher Verlag, Germany

2006 Aurolac Blues in Plays and Playwrights 2006, New York Theatre Experience

and in Best Plays of 2005, Smith & Kraus

Lenin’s Shoe in Sibiu International Theatre Festival’s New Drama anthology

2005 excerpts from Waxing West and Lenin’s Shoe in

The Playwrights’ Center - Monologues for WOMEN, Heinemann Drama,

2004 Jelly-Love and Peanut-Butter in ESTROGENIUS, PlaySource Press

1998 Outcast (an adapted text) in New Romanian Plays, Dramafest ’98 and

After the censorship (French-English), Unitext Publishing House.

1997 Poems in 29 Romanian women-poets (Romanian-Polish), Univers Press

As editor/translator:
2007 Global Foreigners (five plays) co-edited with Dr Carol Martin, Seagull Press

roMANIA after 2000 (five Romanian plays) co-edited with Dr Daniel Gerould,

TCG / Martin Segal Graduate Center Press, CUNY

2006 The Actor and the Target by Declan Donellan (Romanian translation), Unitext

2000 Viele…file (Romanian-German), editor, Romanian poetry and drama, Arcus Press



NY THRU AN IMMIGRANT I – performative lecture, London (Camden’s Roundhouse, Accidental Festival, Central School of Speech&Drama), Bucharest (Pavilion), New York (Lincoln Center Performing Arts Library), Penn State University

DOG LUV – a video installation of the play, Venice Biennale, Berlin Plan B Gallery


ALIENS WITH EXTRAORDINARY SKILLS, directed by Tea Alagic, Julia Miles Theatre (Women’s Project), New York

E-DATING PROJECT, directed by Gia Forakis, Lee Strasberg Theatre&Film Institute

VICIOUS DOGS ON PREMISES, directed by Dan Safer, Ontological Theatre

WHITE EMBERS, directed by Dag Thalander, Dramalabbet, Stockholm, Sweden


WAXING WEST, directed by Benjamin Mosse, La MaMa Theatre, New York

MYTH AMERICA (co-author with Arthur Kopit, Israel Horowitz, Theresa Rebeck, etc), TBG Arts Center, New York

I WANT WHAT YOU HAVE (GIRLS WANNA HAVE FUNDS), directed by Gia Forakis, site-specific project, World Financial Center, New York

BUCHAREST UNDERGROUND, radio-drama directed by Toma Enache, Romanian-British co-production, Grand Prix Marulic


LENIN’S SHOE, directed by Daniella Topol, The Lark Theatre, New York

LENIN’S SHOE, directed by Lauren Rosen, Hartt School, Hartford University

TIMBUKTU (a dramatization of Paul Auster’s novel), directed by Richard Schechner, Baryshnikov Arts Center (with Paul Auster, Frank Wood, John Ventimiglia)


A LICKPENNY LOVER, THE FURNISHED ROOM (dramatizations of two short stories by O’Henry), directed by Blair Brown, Women’s Project Benefit

AUROLAC BLUES, directed by Nina Hein, Here Arts Center (published in PLAYS AND PLAYWIGHTS 2006 anthology, edited by Martin Denton)

SUSPENDIDA, dance-theatre piece, concept/text, Ontological Theatre

YOKASTAS REDUX, directed by Richard Schechner, La MaMa Theatre

MERMAIDSHIP, short musical, RIMT #16 at Here Arts Center


LENIN’S SHOE, directed by Jean Wagner,Voice&Vision retreat, Bard College

JELLY-LOVE AND PEANUT-BUTTER, directed by Pam Pepper, NYU,

Goldberg Theater, Festival of New Works; directed by Shoshona Currier,

ESTROGENIUS Festival, Manhattan Theatre Source

WAXING WEST, International House New York (staged reading)

WHITE EMBERS, directed by Cosmin Chivu, Actors Studio (staged reading)

I-DEALS, docu-drama directed/conceived by S. Stanescu, International House


WAXING WEST, directed by Michael Johnson-Chase, The Lark Theatre, NY

YokastaS, directed by Richard Schechner, La MaMa Theater, New York

BALKAN BLUES, directed by Cosmin Chivu, New York Fringe Festival

FINAL COUNTDOWN, directed by Any Pandit, Manhattan Theatre Source


FINAL COUNTDOWN (French), Balkanisation Generale, PARIS, France

DEADLINE (visArtist) – performance, Kontext Europa, Vienna, Austria

BODY MAPS, New York Fringe Festival (text, concept, co-directing)

SCRIPTease, video-poetry performance, WOMEN CENTER STAGE festival,

Culture Project, 45 Bleecker Theater, New York; Romanian Cultural Center New York; New York University, Tuesday Series.

FLESH BACK, directed by Aristita Albacan, Producers Club, Manhattan.

SILICON VALLEY, Menschenbuene, Vienna, Austria


STORAGE ROOM 636 – an installation co-authored with Rodrigo Tisi, Jaime Conde and Desha Daemgen – NYU.

SILICON VALLEY – one-woman-show with Mihaela Radescu, directed by Aristita Albacan, ‘gendeRhapsody’ project run by Saviana Stanescu&Aristita Albacan, MRL/MAD/ICCA Bucharest, Sibiu International Festival, ATELIER Festival etc

OUTCAST - directed by Vasile Nedelcu, ‘Le Grande Maguy’ pub

OCEAN CAFE– directed by Radu Afrim, Piatra Neamtz Youth Theatre


THE INFLATABLE APOCALYPSE – directed by Gavril Pinte, Radio Romania

FINAL COUNTDOWN – directed by Teo Herghelegiu, ACT Theatre, Bucharest

BLACK MILK – directed by Radu Afrim, Transit Foundation Cluj, ‘Nameless’ Synagogue, altFest Festival

INFANTA. USERS’ GUIDE – directed by Radu Afrim, ARIEL UNDERGROUND Theatre, Tg Mures, Piatra Neamtz International Theatre Festival, touring in Europe

PUZZLE POINT ZERO – multi-media event, poetry-performance together with Ioana Ieronim, directed by Calvin Mc Clinton, Museum of Romanian Literature


International Theatre Academy RUHR, Germany (playwriting), co-author for “THE YEARNING FOR LIFE”, site specific project in ZOLLVEREIN mine, directed by Orit Azaz (London)

performance “THE INFANTAS” – (Bucharest and Munich, Germany) in the context of the painting&text exhibition: Maria Lie-Steiner/Saviana Stanescu

THE SHOP WINDOW – directed by Teo Herghelegiu


OUTCAST – directed by Vasile Nedelcu, Dramatic Theatre Galatzi

LA PROSCRITE – directed by Anita Picchiarini, PARIS, Theatre “Gerard Philipe” de Saint-Denis (“Du monde entiere” program)
poetry readings/performances in UK (London, Salisbury, Swansea, Bath Literature Festival, Cambridge), Vienna (Austria), Philadelphia (Penn State University), New York (NYU, International House, Bowery Poetry Club, Cornelia Café, Russian Samovar, Romanian Cultural Institute), Romanian Embassy in Washington DC, Smith College, etc

2008 New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA) fellowship

2007 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Original Full-length Play

La Guardia Performing Arts Center commission/residency

Visiting Artist for the 2006-2007 McLaine East/Central European Program

Grand Prix MARULIC for Radio-Drama “Bucharest Underground”

2005-2007 Theatre Communications Groups (TCG) New Generations fellowship

2004 John Golden Award for Excellence in Playwriting

2003-2004 Women International Leadership fellowship (International House, New York)

2002-2003 McLaine fellowship, International House New York

2002 Antoine Vitez Center Award for “Final Countdown” (published in French), Paris

Fulbright scholar – NYU, Tisch School of the Arts, Performance Studies

2001 Writer-in-residence of KulturKontakt in Vienna. Austria

2000 Fellow of the British Council CAMBRIDGE SEMINAR, Cambridge University

Representative of Romania at International Poetry Festival Struga, Macedonia

2000 Best Play of the Year UNITER National Award

1999 Poesis Award for Theatre-Poem

1998 Bucharest Writers Association Poetry Award Nomination

1992 Lucian Blaga Festival Poetry Award

2009 Playwriting Workshop Teacher – Helenico Institut, Mexico City (Mexico),

Dramalabbet, Stockholm (Sweden)

2008 Performance Technique Professor, Lee Strasberg Theatre&Film Institute

Guest professor - playwriting, Fordham University, New York

Panelist, Hofstra University (“Humor in Romance languages” Conference )

After the Curtain: Dark humor in New Romanian Drama

Guest Speaker, Columbia University (Romanian Conference) – New Romanian

Drama&Film – A mirror of the society or a hammer to shape it?

2007 Panelist/moderator, NoPassport Conference, CUNY Grad Center, New York

Playwright Mentor, Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, New York

2006 Invited Instructor, ECUMEST two-day Workshop The Artist and the Community,

National Center of Dance; 10-day workshop Reconfiguring the Classics –

ANTIGONE, Desant Theatre, Bucharest, Romania

2005 Invited Speaker, The World Bank, Washington DC –

Eastern Europe - The role of theatre in fostering Social Change,

Invited Panelist, After the Wall - Eastern European Performance,

Brown University, Performance Studies International Conference

2004 Invited Panelist, “Arts and Politics in a Global Society”, New York University

Panelist for New York Foundation of the Arts (NYFA) playwriting/screenwriting

2003 Guest Lecturer/Writer, Penn State University, English Department

2002 Guest Lecturer, Romanian Theatre and its Ghosts, Smith College

New York Fringe International Festival faculty member, leading

Performing Yourself / Discovering Yourself workshop

Guest Lecturer, Catskill Festival for New Theatre (NaCl)

Curator and guest-artist, Performing Arts Festival Kontext EUROPA

(focus: Balkans), Theater des Augenblicks, Vienna, Austria

2001 Theatre Panel Chair, Romanian Cultural Center New York

Panelist, “Memory Matters” Symposium, New York University

Invited speaker, Kultur Kontakt & ORF seminar, Vienna, Austria

Guest Lecturer, Women artists in Eastern Europe, University College of London,

School of Slavonic and East European Studies


Co-curator of “British and Romanian Contemporary Writing” Seminar,

Oradea, Romania - a British Council initiative

Initiator and co-coordinator of gendeRhapsody project, ProHelvetia

Board member of the International Center for Contemporary Art, Bucharest
2006 Profile “Kristin Marting: Here and Now”, in American Theatre, December issue

Interview, “Doug Wright: We love to see the power subverted”, in

The Drama Review (TDR) Essay, “Theatre in New York”, in Observator Cultural,

2006-2003 Reviewer for,

arts/theatre contributor for Observator Cultural, Gandul

2005 Essay, “Mapping narratives – an e-motional geography” in Secolul 21

“Storiestore” in Secolul 21 (21 Century)

“YokastaS Redux” (co-authored with Richard Schechner) in Dialog 5-6

2004 “Antigone in New York” in Brooklyn Rail, October issue

2000-1993 weekly theatre/arts reviews in ADEVARUL LITERAR SI ARTISTIC

arts/theatre contributor for SCENA, Radio Free Europe, OKEAN, ultimaT

1999 Editor special issue of MANUSCRIPTUM: Writers and Diplomats

1998 Editor special issue of MANUSCRIPTUM: Cristian Popescu, poet and dramatist

poems in Poetry London, Metamorphoses, Exquisite Corps, Pen Club magazine, The Temple, Watchword, Absinthe, The Saint Ann’s Review, Talisman

Dramatists Guild, NoPassport, Theatre Without Borders,

League of Professional Theatre Women, Performance Studies International

Actors Studio (Playwright/Director Unit) New York

International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC);

Romanian Theatre Union (UNITER), Romanian Writers Union

Dramatic Writing

Introduction to Theatre Studies

Contemporary European Drama & Performance

Reconfiguring the Classics, Performing the Classics

Feminism & Theatre, Women Playwrights

Major Playwrights: Ionesco & Genet, Beckett, Churchill

Downtown Theatre, Experimental Theatre

Performance Technique, Performing Autobiography

Playwriting, Creative Writing

2003-present Faculty, NYU, Tisch School of the Arts, Drama Department

2007-2008 Visiting Professor, Lee Strasberg Theatre&Film Institute

2007-present Artistic Advisor, Lark Play Development Center, New York

2005-2007 Director of Playwright Exchange, Lark Play Development Center

2006-present Director of New Drama, Romanian Cultural Institute in New York

1994 – 2001 Artistic Program Director, Museum of Literature, Bucharest

Instructor of Creative Writing, Dramatic Literature, Theatre

2000 - 2001 TVRi (Romanian Public Television – International Channel),

host of the one-hour cultural talk-show ‘Polemics’

1997 -2000 senior-editor with MANUSCRIPTUM (literary/drama history journal)

1992 - 2000 editor/theatre critic with the arts supplement of ADEVARUL Daily:


    1. editor with ADEVARUL Daily, Culture Department

2002-2004 MFA in Dramatic Writing, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts

(John Golden Award for Excellence in Playwriting)

2001-2002 MA in Performance Studies, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts -

(FULBRIGHT fellow; Odom Memorial Award for Distinguished Masters Student)

1999 International Theatre Academy Ruhr, Germany – Playwriting

1997 International Association of Theatre Critics, Czech Republic

1993-1994 UNITER postgraduate course in Theatre Criticism

1992-1993 Postgraduate courses in Cultural Journalism (English/Romanian) - Journalism and Communication University - Bucharest

1986-1990 BS in Computer Science and Media Technology – Univ. of Bucharest

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