Caridad Svich is a US Latina playwright, translator, lyricist and editor whose works have been presented across the US and abroad at diverse venues, including Denver Center Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Repertorio Espanol, 59E59, McCarren Park Pool, 7 Stages, Salvage Vanguard Theatre, Teatro Mori (Santiago, Chile), ARTheater (Cologne), and Edinburgh Fringe Festival/UK. She received a 2012 OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement in the theatre, and the 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize for her play The House of the Spirits, based on the novel by Isabel Allende. She has been short-listed for the PEN Award in Drama three times, including in the year 2010 for her play Instructions for Breathing. Among her key works: 12 Ophelias, Alchemy of Desire/Dead-Man’s Blues, Any Place But Here, Iphigenia…a rave fable, Fugitive Pieces, The Way of Water and the multimedia collaboration The Booth Variations.
Upcoming Productions in the 2012-13 season:
- GUAPA receives a rolling world premiere courtesy of NNPN at Borderlands Theater in Arizona, Miracle Theatre in Oregon and Phoenix Theater in Indiana
- Love in the Time of Cholera, based on the novel by Garcia Marquez, will premiere at Repertorio Espanol in NYC
- The Tropic of X will receive its English-language premiere at Single Carrot Theatre in Baltimore
- Mixed Blood in Minneapolis presents the regional premiere of In the Time of the Butterflies (based on the novel by Julia Alvarez)
- The House of the Spirits receives a regional premiere at Gala Hispanic Theatre in Washington D.C.
- Her fantasia on 1963, Pop culture and the Kennedy assassination, The Archaeology of Dreams, receives its academic premiere at the University of Nebraska — Omaha
Svich has been profiled in American Theatre and The Huffington Post, among others. She has edited several books on theatre including Out of Silence: Censorship in Theatre & Performance (Eyecorner Press), Trans-Global Readings and Theatre in Crisis? (both for Manchester University Press) and Divine Fire (BackStage Books). She has translated nearly all of Federico Garcia Lorca’s plays and also dramatic works by Julio Cortazar, Lope de Vega, Calderon de la Barca, Antonio Buero Vallejo and contemporary plays from Mexico, Cuba and Catalonia. Svich is alumna playwright of New Dramatists, founder of NoPassport theatre alliance & press (http://www.nopassport.org), Drama Editor of Asymptote journal of literary translation, associate editor of Routledge/UK’s Contemporary Theatre Review and contributing editor of TheatreForum. She holds an MFA in Theatre-Playwriting from UCSD, and has taught creative writing and playwriting at Bard College, Barnard College, Bennington College, Ohio State University, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, and Yale School of Drama. She is an entry in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Latino Literature.
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