Caridad Svich is a playwright, screenwriter, lyricist, editor, translator, essayist and educator. Her first feature film, as co-screenwriter, FUGITIVE DREAMS, based on her play, receives world premiere at the 2020 Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, and US premiere at the 2020 Austin Film Festival. Three of her new plays were on the 2020 Kilroys List. Her signature works include ANY PLACE BUT HERE, 12 OPHELIAS...
Caridad Svich is a playwright, screenwriter, lyricist, editor, translator, essayist and educator. Her first feature film, as co-screenwriter, FUGITIVE DREAMS, based on her play, receives world premiere at the 2020 Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, and US premiere at the 2020 Austin Film Festival. Three of her new plays were on the 2020 Kilroys List. Her signature works include ANY PLACE BUT HERE, 12 OPHELIAS, IPHIGENIA CRASH LAND FALLS..., ALCHEMY OF DESIRE/DEAD-MAN'S BLUES, RED BIKE (NNPN Rolling World Premiere), GUAPA (NNPN Rolling World Premiere), and THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS, based on Isabel Allende's novel (ATCA Primus Prize). She is currently working on screenplay for an independent feature that goes into production late 2020/early 2021.
Upcoming theatre world premieres: USHUAIA BLUE at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival; THEATRE: A LOVE STORY at Know Theatre in Cincinnati; TOWN HALL at Red Tape Theatre in Chicago; EVA LUNA (based on Isabel Allende's novel) at Repertorio Espanol; THE HOUSE ON THE LAGOON (based on Rosario Ferre's novel) at GALA Hispanic Theatre.
She has received an OBIE for Lifetime Achievement, Tanne Foundation Award, as well as the Ellen Stewart Award for Career Achievement in Professional Theatre from ATHE. She has twice won the National Latino Playwriting Award, for her plays SPARK and MAGNIFICENT WASTE. She is also a theatrical translator, chiefly known for English-language translations of the plays of Federico Garcia Lorca. Her plays have been seen across the US and abroad at diverse venues, among them Denver Center Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, 59E59, The Women's Project, GALA Hispanic Theatre, Milagro Theatre Group, Borderlands, Cervantes Theatre (London), Imago Theatre (Montreal), Teatro Mori (Chile), Artheater (Cologne), Ilkhom Theatre (Uzbekistan), and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has adapted for the stage novels by Isabel Allende, Julia Alvarez, Mario Vargas Llosa, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Jose Leon Sanchez, and Rosario Ferre. She sustains a parallel career as a lyricist, editor, freelance arts journalist, educator and artivist. Her works are published by TCG, Smith & Kraus, Broadway Play Publishing, Intellect UK, Manchester University Press, Eyecorner Press, Seagull Books, StageReads and more. She has edited & authored several books on theatre and performance, among them FIFTY PLAYWRIGHTS ON THEIR CRAFT (Bloomsbury/Methuen Drama), Mitchell & Trask's HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (4th Wall Series , Routledge). She is alumna playwright of New Dramatists, Associate Editor of Contemporary Theatre Review for Routledge UK, Drama Editor of Asymptote literary journal, contributing editor of TheatreForum, founder of NoPassport theatre alliance and press, and serves on the advisory boards of the US-Mexico Exchange Program at the Lark Play Development Center, and Global Performance Studies journal. She holds an MFA from UCSD, and also trained for four consecutive years with Maria Irene Fornes at the legendary INTAR Hispanic Playwrights In Residence Laboratory. She is a former Harvard/Radcliffe Institute Fellow and TCG/PEW and TCG.NEA Fellow. Her archives are housed at the University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection in Florida, and partially at Ohio State University's Lawrence & Lee Theatre Collection.