Artist in Residence in Theater Arts
Ms. Svich is an award-winning New York-based playwright who is teaching the university’s first course in Latino Theater. Among her key works: 12 Ophelias, Any Place But Here, Alchemy of Desire/Dead-Man’s Blues, Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (a rave fable), Instructions for Breathing, Magnificent Waste and the multimedia collaboration The Booth Variations. She has taught at Yale School of Drama, Bard College, Barnard College, Bennington College, Ohio State, Rutgers University, and UCSD. She is included in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Latino Literature.
“As a playwright, songwriter, editor and translator living between many cultures, including inherited ones, the idea of departure has always been not only an actual or metaphorical basis for writing the work, but also an idea made manifest through the enactment of writing, its performance, and my living of it. Born in the US of Cuban-Argentine-Spanish-Croatian parents, I have felt in a strange kind of exile even while growing up as an American…Explorations of wanderlust, dispossession, biculturalism, bilingualism, construction of identity, and the many different emotional terrains that can be inhabited onstage form the basis of my plays and other writing projects.”
University of California, San Diego, M.F.A.
University of North Carolina, Charlotte, B.F.A.
Awards and Honors
OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre (2012)
American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize for The House of the Spirits (2011)