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Caridad Svich

Caridad Svich

Caridad Svich is a playwright-songwriter-translator and editor. Her play Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That was Once Her Heart (a rave fable) recently received its world premiere at 7 Stages in Atlanta. She has held an NEA/TCG Residency at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre, a TCG/Pew residency at INTAR Theatre, and has been a Radcliffe Institute fellow at Harvard University. Twelve Ophelias (a play with broken songs) was presented at Baruch Performing Arts Center in New York in March 2004, and her multimedia collaboration (with Nick Philippou & Todd Cerveris) The Booth Variations at 59 East 59th Street Theatre in August 2004. Her play Magnificent Waste was the recipient of the 2003 National Latino Playwriting Award, and selected for the 2004 Tribeca Film Institute All Access Open Stage program.

Ms. Svich is editor of Trans-global Readings: Crossing Theatrical Boundaries (Manchester University Press, UK, 2004). She is co-editor of Conducting a Life: Reflections on the Theatre of Maria Irene Fornes (Smith & Kraus, 1999), Out of the Fringe: Contemporary Latina/o Theatre and Performance (TCG, 2000), and Theatre in Crisis? Performance Manifestos for a New Century (Manchester University Press, 2002). Her translations of five plays and thirteen poems by Federico Garcia Lorca are published in Impossible Theater (Smith & Kraus, 2000) and has several plays published by Playscripts Inc. She has also recently translated Garcia Lorca's Yerma, Blood Wedding, The House of Bernarda Alba, The Shoemaker's Prodigious Wife, and Dona Rosita. She is on the advisory committee of Contemporary Theatre Review (Routledge, UK). She holds an MFA from the University of California, San Diego, is founder of the performance collective NoPassport, and is a resident playwright of New Dramatists. She has been selected for inclusion in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Latino History.

Ms. Svich has been a guest artist at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, the Royal Court Theatre in London, and the Ministry of Culture of Bogota, Colombia and the Bi-National Center of Medellin. She has taught playwriting at Paines Plough Theatre in London, Yale School of Drama, Ohio State University, University of Iowa, and the US-Cuba Writers' Conference in Havana. Other awards: EST/Sloan Project commission, California Arts Council Fellowship, Thurber House fellowship, Inge Center Playwriting Residency, Reynolds Playwright in Residence at Denison University, and finalist for PEN USA West Award in Drama (2001) and the Prism International Residency Prize (2003). She was the 2002-2003 Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities Scholar in residence at Perishable Theatre in Providence.