Romanian emigre playwright Saviana Stanescu wins 2010 nytheatre.com’s People of the Year Award
Every year at about this time, nytheatre.com announces our list of the 15 people and/or companies who have been particularly noteworthy in making the past year an interesting and exciting one for the NYC indie theater scene. These are theatre artists who have been prolific, versatile, and generous with their talents, and we are happy to celebrate their achievements!
The winners of the People of the Year for 2010 are: Eric Bland, Matt Brogan, The Bushwick Starr, Becky Byers, Frank Cwiklik, Kevin R. Free, David Fuller & Judith Jarosz; Godlight Theatre Company, Javierantonio Gonzalez, David Hilder, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, Kristin Marting, Catherine Porter, Saviana Stanescu, and Kristen Vaughan.
This is what nytheatre.com writes about Saviana Stanescu:
What she does: Playwright, theatre reviewer and essayist; her unique sensibility as a Romanian emigre who arrived in NYC right before 9/11 permeates all of her remarkable, vivid work
What she did in 2010: Polanski Polanski; Romanian Film Festival; co-curator/presenter at undergroundzero festival
What’s coming up in 2011: “We’ll be doing a full run of Polanski Polanski in the spring – the venue is not clear yet, but we got some financial support and we’ll be doing it for sure, Feb/March. Also it’s pretty clear that we will be touring it to Romania and maybe Poland in the summer. My play Final Countdown / Cuenta Regresiva has a run at Teatro El Milagro in Mexico City and will move in January-March to Teatro La Capilla in Mexico City. I’m in various developmental stages with my plays Bechnya at NYTW (director: Tea Alagic), Useless at the Lark (director: May Adrales), and Ants at EST (director: Daniella Topol). Origin Theatre Company will produce my Lenin’s Shoe in NYC, dates and venue TBD. I’ll be working on the production Los Putrefactos, directed by Tompa Gabor, at National Theatre of Sibiu, Transylvania, at the end of the summer, opening in Oct. The short film The Party, directed by Israeli-American director Dorit Ritter, based on my short play natasha, will be shot in the spring (I co-wrote the script too). Besides NYU, in the spring I’ll be teaching a few playwriting courses at ESPA Primary Stages, including an online one, with a virtual classroom – exciting!”