Saviana Stanescu - Playwright and Director
Saviana Stanescu (www.saviana.com) is a Romanian-born award-winning playwright and ARTivist based in New York/Ithaca. Her produced US plays include Aliens with extraordinary skills, Ants (both published by Samuel French), Useless, Toys, For a Barbarian Woman, Bechnya, Polanski Polanski, Lenin’s Shoe, Waxing West (2007 NY Innovative Theatre Award), What Happens Next. Honors include: Fulbright, NYTW Usual Suspect, EST member, Indie Theater Hall of Fame, NYSCA playwright-in-residence - Women’s Project, TCG New Leaders, Women International Leadership, writer-in-residence for Richard Schechner, Audrey Residency - New Georges, Director of International Exchange – Lark, John Golden Award for Playwriting Goldberg Award Finalist, O’Neill Finalist, Yale Drama Series Runner-Up, MacLaine Artist-in-Residence, KulturKontakt Vienna Fellow, Best Romanian Play of the Year 2000 UNITER Award.
MA in Performance Studies, MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU, Tisch. Saviana teaches Playwriting & Contemporary Theatre at Ithaca College and is the founder of Immigrant Artists and Scholars in New York (IASNY).
Immigrant Artists and Scholars in New York
Romanian Writers Guild
Romanian Theatre Guild (UNITER)