Caridad Svich - Playwright


Caridad Svich received a 2012 OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement in the theatre, and the 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize for her play The House of the Spirits, based on the novel by Isabel Allende. She has been short-listed for the PEN Award in Drama four times, including in the year 2012 for her play Magnificent Waste. In the 2012-13 season: 2012 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award round two recipient GUAPA receives a rolling world premiere courtesy of NNPN at Borderlands Theater in Arizona, Miracle Theatre in Oregon and Phoenix Theater in Indiana; her 4-actor play Love in the Time of Cholera, based on the novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, will premiere at Repertorio Espanol in NYC; and The Tropic of X will receive its English-language premiere at Single Carrot Theatre in Baltimore. There will also be regional premieres of In the Time of the Butterflies (based on the novel by Julia Alvarez) at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis, The House of the Spirits at Gala Hispanic Theatre in Washington D.C, Fugitive Pieces with Ex-Pats Theatre in Chicago, and academic premiere of her fantasia on 1963, Pop culture and the Kennedy assassination The Archaeology of Dreams at University of Nebraska-Omaha. Her new play Spark receives multiple readings across the US, including a reading at the Cherry Lane Theatre produced by TEL and Mannatee Films under Scott Schwartz’ direction, and a special reading at Cummins Theatre in Western Australia in November 2012 to honor war veterans (


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, The Way of Water, and the multimedia collaboration The Booth Variations. Five of her plays radically re-imagining ancient Greek tragedies are published in the September 2012 collection Blasted Heavens (Eyecorner Press, University of Denmark). Her works are also published by TCG, Broadway Play Publishing, Playscripts, Arte Publico Press, Smith & Kraus, Alexander Street Press, Inditheaternow, and more. Among her awards/recognitions are: Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship at Harvard University, TCG/Pew Charitable Trusts National Theater Artist Residency at INTAR, NEA/TCG Playwriting Residency at the Mark Taper Theatre Forum Latino Theatre Initiative and a California Arts Council Fellowship. She has edited several books on theatre including Out of Silence: Censorship in Theatre & Performance (Eyecorner Press), Trans-Global Readings and Theatre in Crisis? (both for Manchester University Press) Divine Fire (BackStage Books), and Out of the Fringe: Contemporary Latina/o Theatre & Performance (TCG), and Conducting a Life: Reflections on the Theatre of Maria Irene Fornes (Smith & Kraus). Her translations of Federico Garcia Lorca’s plays are collected in Lorca: Six Major Plays (NoPassport Press) and Impossible Theatre (Smith & Kraus). She has translated nearly all of Federico Garcia Lorca’s plays and also dramatic works by Julio Cortazar, Lope de Vega, Calderon de la Barca, Antonio Buero Vallejo and contemporary plays from Mexico, Cuba, Serbia and Catalonia. She is alumna playwright of New Dramatists, founder of NoPassport theatre alliance & press (, Drama Editor of Asymptote journal of literary translation, associate editor of Routledge/UK’s Contemporary Theatre Review and contributing editor of TheatreForum. She is affiliated artist of the Lark Play Development Center, Woodshed Collective, New Georges, and a Lifetime member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. She holds an MFA in Theatre from UCSD, and she trained for four consecutive years with Maria Irene Fornes in the INTAR Hispanic Playwrights in Residence Laboratory. She has taught playwriting and creative writing at Bard College, Barnard College, Bennington College, Denison University, Einhorn School of the Arts at Primary Stages, Ohio State University, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, ScriptWorks, UCSD, and Yale School of Drama. She is an entry in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Latino Literature