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4/18/13 Caridad Svich

2013 Bat of Minerva Interview with Caridad Svich

Caridad Svich is a playwright, songwriter, editor and translator living between many cultures, including inherited ones, having been born to Cuban-Argentine-Spanish-Croatian parents and growing up in several states across the United States.  Her play Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That was Once Her Heart (a rave fable) recently received its world premiere at 7 Stages in Atlanta. She has held an NEA/TCG Residency at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre, a TCG/Pew residency at INTAR Theatre, and has been a Radcliffe Institute fellow at Harvard University.  Among her many works are Twelve Ophelias (a play with broken songs), The Booth Variations, a multimedia collaboration (with Nick Philippou & Todd Cerveris), and a play, Magnificent Waste, which was the recipient of the 2003 National Latino Playwriting Award, and selected for the 2004 Tribeca Film Institute All Access Open Stage program.  Ms. Svich is also editor of Trans-global Readings: Crossing Theatrical Boundaries (2004).  Her translations of five plays and thirteen poems by Federico Garcia Lorca are published in Impossible Theater (Smith & Kraus, 2000) and has several plays published by Playscripts Inc. She has also recently translated Garcia Lorca’s Yerma, Blood Wedding, The House of Bernarda Alba, The Shoemaker’s Prodigious Wife, and Dona Rosita. She holds an MFA from the University of California, San Diego, is founder of the performance collective NoPassport and has taught playwriting at Paines Plough Theatre in London, Yale School of Drama, Ohio State University, University of Iowa, and the US-Cuba Writers’ Conference in Havana.

In this interview, she discusses how she came to writing plays and highlights a range of projects.


This interview is also available for download as audio (.mp3, 54.4MB) or video (.m4v, 303.0MB).

Svich also participated in a discussion at the IAS, Best Practices in the Collection of Life Stories for Scholarly and Creative Work.

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