THRU AN IMMIGRANT I, a reading by Saviana Stanescu

25th May 2009

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On Monday 25 May 2009, US-based Romanian playwright and poet Saviana Stanescu held a presentation at the Ratiu Foundation, as a special guest in the Culture Power series of talks and seminars.


Saviana talked about her US experience and read fragments from her works. The event was hosted by Dr Mike Phillips OBE, British novelist, historian and curator.

Saviana Stanescu was born in Bucharest, Romania, on a cold February morning during Ceausescu’s dictatorship, and was ‘reborn’ in New York in the hot days of 2001. Her plays have been widely presented internationally and in the US, in stage productions, readings, and workshops, gathering rave reviews and awards. Saviana won the 2007 Marulic Prize for Best European Radio-drama for ‘Bucharest Underground’ – this play was presented in January this year in a reading lecture at the Edric Hall Theatre of the London South Bank University, supported by the Ratiu Foundation / Romanian Cultural Centre in London. Besides plays included in various anthologies, Saviana has also published six books of poetry and drama including ‘Google me!’ (poetry), ‘Black Milk’ (four plays) and ‘The Inflatable Apocalypse’ (Best Romanian Play of the Year UNITER Award in 2000). Saviana also co-edited the anthologies of plays “Global Foreigners” (with NYU professor Carol Martin) and ‘roMANIA after 2000’ (with CUNY professor Daniel Gerould). Saviana is currently a NYSCA playwright-in-residence with Women’s Project and writer-in-residence for East Coast Artists. She holds an MA in Performance Studies (Fulbright fellow) and an MFA in Dramatic Writing (John Golden Award for excellence in playwriting) from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, where she now teaches in the Drama Department. For more details please visit her website.

Photo credits: Gabriel Haidau