Saviana Stanescu is a Romanian-born multi-award-winning playwright. Her work has been widely presented internationally and in the US.
Recent New York productions include Aliens with Extraordinary Skills at Women’s Project (published by Samuel French), Waxing West and YokastaS Redux at La MaMa Theatre, Polanski Polanski and Aurolac Blues at HERE Arts Center, The E-Dating Project at Strasberg Institute for Theatre&Film, and the site-specific I Want What You Have at the World Financial Center.
Aliens with Extraordinary Skills (Inmigrantes con Habilidades Extraordinarias) has been produced in Mexico City at Teatro La Capilla. Bucharest Underground won the 2007 Marulic Prize for Best European Radio-Drama. In Stockholm, Sweden, Saviana’s play White Embers produced by Dramalabbet made it in the TOP 3 of Best Plays in 2008, and in NYC is published by Samuel French as one of their 2010 OOB festival winners.
Saviana has published books of poetry and drama including The New York Plays, Aliens With Extraordinary Skills, Waxing West (2007 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Full-length Script), Google me!, Black Milk, and The Inflatable Apocalypse (Best Play of the Year UNITER Award in 2000).
She was a TCG fellow with Lark Play Development Center, a NYSCA playwright-in-residence with Women’s Project and writer-in-residence for Richard Schechner’s East Coast Artists.
Saviana 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 has been teaching in the Drama Department for the last 7 years.