Saviana Stanescu Condeescu

Saviana Stanescu Condeescu

Associate Professor, Department of Theatre Arts
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences
Faculty, Women's and Gender Studies

Specialty:Playwriting, Contemporary Theatre and Performance, Script Analysis, Re-Imagining the Classics, Devised Theatre
Phone:(607) 274-7073
Office:029 Dillingham Center
Ithaca, NY 14850

MA in Performance Studies - New York University

MFA in Dramatic Writing - New York University

PhD in Theatre Studies - National University of Theatre&Film, Bucharest, Romania


Saviana Stanescu ( is a Romanian-born award-winning playwright and scholar.  Her creative work has been widely presented internationally and in the US. 

Recent productions include “For a Barbarian Woman” at Fordham/EST in NYC, “Aliens with extraordinary skills” at Women’s Project, “Bechnya” at Hudson Theatre in LA, "Waxing West" at La MaMa Theatre, "Suspendida" and “Vicious Dogs on Premises” (with Witness Relocation) at Ontological 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. Saviana's plays have received readings and workshops at The Lark, Long Wharf Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, New York Stage&Film, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Playwrights' Foundation, Traveling Jewish Theatre, Immigrants Theatre Project, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Origin Theatre Company, PS122, HERE, etc. “Aliens with extraordinary skills” (Inmigrantes con Habilidades Extraordinarias) and “Final Countdown” (Cuenta Regresiva) had a long run in Mexico City at Teatro La Capilla, Teatro El Milagro and Foro La Gruta in 2010-2012. “Bucharest Underground” won the 2007 Marulic Prize for Best European Radio-Drama. In Stockholm, Sweden, Saviana’s play “White Embers”, a Samuel French OOB festival winner, was in the TOP 3 of Best Plays in 2008.

Ms Stanescu's published books of poetry and drama include: “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", "The Inflatable Apocalypse” (Best Play of the Year UNITER Award in 2000). She co-edited the anthology of plays “Global Foreigners” (with NYU professor Carol Martin) and “roMANIA after 2000” (with CUNY professor Daniel Gerould).

Saviana is a member of EST (Ensemble Studio Theatre) and a Usual Suspect with New York Theatre Workshop. She was a 2007-2008 NYSCA playwright-in-residence with Women’s Project and writer-in-residence for Richard Schechner’s East Coast Artists. As a 2005-2007 TCG fellow with the Lark Play Development Center, Saviana's plays “Waxing West” and “Lenin’s Shoe” had barebones productions. She is the Director of Eastern European Exchange for the Lark, the curator of playgroundzero (the new play readings series of the experimental theatre festival undergroundzero in NYC), the founder of "Immigrant Artists and Scholars in New York" (IASNY) and "New York with an Accent".

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. She completed her PhD in Theatre Studies with the National University of Theatre&Film, Bucharest, Romania. Dr Stanescu has taught/lectured at NYU's Tisch, in the Drama Department (2004-2012), Strasberg Theatre&Film Institute, NYU's English Department, Fordham University, Columbia University, Arizona State University, Penn State University, Hofstra University, Pittsburgh University, University of Connecticut, Smith College, London's Central School of Speech and Drama, Mexico City's Hellenic Cultural Center, Transylvania Tg Mures University, Vienna's KulturKontakt, Chicago's Renaissance Society, Einhorn School of Performing Arts - Primary Stages NYC, etc.

She has taught a wide range of Dramatic Writing and Theatre/Performance Studies courses including: Playwriting, Script Analysis, Contemporary Developments in Theatre&Performance, Re-Imagining the Classics, Experimental Theatre, Contemporary European Drama&Performance, Introduction to Theatre Studies, Contemporary Women Playwrights, Theatre&Feminism, Theatre of the Absurd, Writing/Performing the Immigrant Experience, Performing Autobiography, Performative Writing, etc. 

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