Cristina Bejan (Founding Executive Director of Bucharest Inside the Beltway, bucharestinsidethebeltway.com) is a theatre artist and scholar based in Washington DC. Currently a researcher at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Bejan has also had professional appointments at the Wilson Center, Duke University, Georgetown University and UNC-Greensboro. She has authored 15 plays, one book (The Icarus of...
Cristina Bejan (Founding Executive Director of Bucharest Inside the Beltway, bucharestinsidethebeltway.com) is a theatre artist and scholar based in Washington DC. Currently a researcher at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Bejan has also had professional appointments at the Wilson Center, Duke University, Georgetown University and UNC-Greensboro. She has authored 15 plays, one book (The Icarus of Interwar Bucharest: The Criterion Association's Descent into Fascism) and numerous essays and poems. For a photo montage of her theatre work over the past ten years, please scroll below. Selected play titles by Bejan include: Districtland, Colombo Calling – a play from Sri Lanka, To Those Who Haven’t Stopped Thinking and In Search of Couches. Two of her plays (Finally Quiet in My Head and Etrangere) were selected as finalists in the Oxford University Dramatic Society New Writing Festival and Buchenwald has been published in Romania. Bejan has also directed for the theatre and film in the US, UK, Romania and Vanuatu: recent DC credits include Zalmoxis (Georgetown), The Journals of Mihail Sebastian (WWC) and Dirty Laundry (Ticket to Bollywood). Most recently Bejan was the creative consultant for Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest directed by Lila Neugebauer at the 2014 Williamstown Theatre Festival. As an actress, she has trained at Interlochen, Northwestern University and DC's Studio Theatre and performed in countless productions since childhood. Bejan is a certified Yoga Instructor and integrates yoga, movement, dance and meditation into her rehearsals. She also is passionate about sound design and dramaturgy. In addition to the press listed above, Bejan's theatre work has been featured in Evenimentul Zilei and Observator Cultural. In her creative career, Bejan is honored to have worked with such distinguished theatre artists as Maia Morgenstern, Isabela Neamtu, Lou Stein, Henry Goodman and Rosamund Pike. She has also had the pleasure of producing plays to sponsor such causes as the LiteracyLab DC, International Medical Corps, Ovidiu Rom and UNIFEM. From 2005-2008 She was the Aristic Director of Théâtre Fille de Chambre, a 'feminine' theatre company in Oxford, UK. Bejan’s most favorite project of all time was directing and developing Ol Woman Naoia, a collaborative production with female artists in the South Pacific archipelago Vanuatu about women’s rights and empowerment. Out of the success of that project Bejan was approached by the World Bank to write plays for development for the northern islands of Vanuatu. Instead she chose the rat-race over island fever and returned to the northern hemisphere to teach at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. As a scholar, she has published and organized and/or participated in conferences on topics such as totalitarianism, fascism, communism, Roma rights, the Holocaust, European History, US Civil Rights and Theatre. In addition to being a yogini and Krishnamurti addict, Bejan is a Rhodes Scholar, Fulbright Scholar and Oxford DPhil (PhD). A dual citizen of Romania and the USA, she grew up in North Carolina and after a decade of wandering the globe now considers DC home. Bejan is an advocate for NAMI DC and a member of the DC RAINN Speakers’ Bureau. Her current play in development is Lady Godiva (based on Bejan’s recent Open Stage performance of Deconstructing the Elephant).