Saviana Stanescu

Saviana Stanescu is a Romanian-born award-winning playwright. Recent New York productions include Aliens with extraordinary skills at Womens Project, “Waxing West” (2007 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Full-length Script) and “YokastaS Redux’ at La MaMa Theatre, Polanski Polanski at HERE and PS122, The E-Dating Project at Strasberg Institute for Theatre and Film, and the site-specific “I want what you have” at the World Financial Center. Aliens with extraordinary skills (Inmigrantes con Habilidades Extraordinarias) and Final Countdown (Cuenta Regresiva) ran for 8 months in Mexico City at Teatro La Capilla and Teatro El Milagro. Bucharest Underground won the 2007 Marulic Prize for Best European Radio-Drama. In Stockholm, Sweden, White Embers (Samuel French OOB winner) was produced by Dramalabbet.Saviana is a member of EST and a Usual Suspect with New York Theatre Workshop. She was a 2005-2007 TCG fellow with the Lark Play Development Center, where her plays Waxing West and Lenins Shoe had barebones productions. She also was a 2007-2008 NYSCA playwright-in-residence with Womens Project and writer-in-residence for Richard Schechners East Coast Artists. She holds an MA in Performance Studies (Fulbright fellow) and an MFA in Dramatic Writing (John Golden Award for playwriting) from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, where she is on faculty in the Drama Department. Ms Stanescu is the Director of Eastern European Exchange for The Lark Play Development Center, the curator of playgroundzero for undergroundzero festival, and the founder/president of Immigrant Artists and Scholars in New York (www.IASNY.us).