Caridad Svich received a 2012 OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement in the theatre, a 2012 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award and NNPN rolling world premiere for Guapa, and the 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize for her play The House of the Spirits, based Isabel Allende’s novel. She has won the National Latino Playwriting Award (sponsored by Arizona Theatre Company) twice, including in the year 2013 for her play Spark. She has been short-listed for the PEN Award in Drama four times, including in the year 2012 for her play Magnificent Waste. In 2018-2019, her play RED BIKE receives an NNPN rolling world premiere at theatres across the US.
Her works in English and Spanish have been seen at venues across the US and abroad, among them Arena Stage’s Kogod Cradle Series, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Gala Hispanic Theatre, Denver Center Theatre, 59E59, The Women’s Project, Halcyon Theatre, Woodshed Collective @ McCarren Park Pool, Repertorio Espanol, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Lighthouse Poole UK, Teatro Mori (Chile), Artheater-Cologne (Germany), Ilkhom Theater (Uzbekistan), Teatro Espressivo (Costa Rica), Welsh Fargo Stage (Wales), Homotopia Festival UK, SummerWorks festival in Toronto, CEAD Festival in Montreal and Edinburgh Fringe Festival/UK.. She is currently under commission from American Conservatory Theatre, Cleveland Opera Theater, and the University of Alabama-Birmingham, and she is a 2017-2018 visiting research fellow at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
Key works in her repertoire include 12 Ophelias, Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart, The Booth Variations, Alchemy of Desire/Dead-Man’s Blues, Any Place But Here, Archipelago, The Way of Water and In the Time of the Butterflies (based on Julia Alvarez’ novel). She has radically reconfigured works from Wedekind, Euripides, Sophocles, and Shakespeare and adapted works by Mario Vargas Llosa and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Her plays have been directed by Annie Castledine, Maria Irene Fornes, Lisa Peterson, Neel Keller, William Carden, Nick Philippou, Annie Dorsen, Katie Pearl, Stephen Wrentmore, Daniella Topol, Jose Zayas, and David Lozano, among many others. In her theatre work she has collaborated with composers Adam Sultan, Graham Reynolds, O-Lan Jones, Michael Roth, the Jones Street Boys, Jane Shaw, Mike Croswell, and Tom Hagerman of the Grammy-winning band DeVotchKa.
Her work has also intersected with communities of multiple diversities with works responding to the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the US Gulf region, veterans and their families, survivors of trauma and those committed to artistic expression of precarity, advocacy for US Latin@ writing voices, and engagement with representations of the “fragile shores” in our lives. She is co-organizer and curator of After Orlando theatre action in response to the 2016 Pulse nightclub massacre with Missing Bolts Productions at DR2 Theatre in New York City, Finborough Theatre in London and over sixty venues across the US; and Climate Change Theatre Action with The Arctic Cycle and Theatre Without Borders. She has also published over twenty titles with NoPassport Press by authors as diverse as Todd London, John Jesurun, David Greenspan, Carson Kreitzer, Rinde Eckert, Lenora Champagne and Octavio Solis.
Her works are published by TCG, Smith & Kraus, Playscripts, Broadway Play Publishing and more. Four collections of her works for live performance are published as follows: The Hour of All Things and other plays (Intellect, 2017), JARMAN (all this maddening beauty) and other plays (Intellect UK, 2016); Instructions for Breathing and other plays (Seagull Books UK, 2014); Blasted Heavens (Eyecorner Press, Denmark, 2012). She has edited several books on theatre including Audience Revolution: Dispatches from the Field (TCG, 2016), Innovation in Five Acts (TCG, 2015), Out of Silence: Censorship in Theatre & Performance and Trans-Global Readings: Crossing Theatrical Boundaries and Theatre in Crisis? (the latter two for Manchester University Press, UK). She is co-author of Fifty Playwrights on Their Craft, which is published by Methuen Bloomsbury Drama in 2017.
She sustains a parallel career as a theatrical translator, chiefly of the dramatic work of Federico Garcia Lorca as well as works by Calderon de la Barca, Lope de Vega, Julio Cortazar, Victor Rascon Banda, Antonio Buero Vallejo and contemporary works from Mexico, Cuba and Spain. She is associate editor of Contemporary Theatre Review for Routledge, UK, contributing editor of TheatreForum, and drama editor of Asymptote literary translation journal. She is alumna playwright of New Dramatists, and affiliated artist with the Lark and New Georges, and lifetime member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. She has received fellowships from Harvard/Radcliffe, NEA/TCG, PEW Charitable Trust, and California Arts Council. As an arts journalist, she has written for American Theatre, Howlround, PAJ, The Dramatist, and Hotreview. She holds an MFA in Theatre-Playwriting from UCSD, and she also trained for four consecutive years with Maria Irene Fornes in INTAR’s legendary HPRL Lab. She teaches creative writing and playwriting at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Primary Stages’ Einhorn School of Performing Arts. She has taught playwriting at Bard, Barnard, Bennington, Denison, Ohio State, ScriptWorks, and Yale School of Drama. caridadsvich.com