CARIDAD SVICH RECEIVES THE ELLEN STEWART AWARD

by

Kapil Vasudev

 

On August 3, 2018, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) announced the recipients of its 2018 awards at the ATHE 2018 annual conference in Boston. The 10 awards recognize excellence in education and professional theatre, and are determined by committees comprised of professionals in the field of theatre education. Among the honorees was Caridad Svich, an award-winning playwright, songwriter, editor, and translator, who received the Ellen Stewart Award for Career Achievement in Professional Theatre.

Caridad Svich

Caridad Svich

Svich has produced over 25 plays exploring issues of identity, dislocation, biculturalism and bilingualism, and migration both physical and spiritual. She has won numerous awards for her work as a playwright, including the 2012 OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement. In addition to her artistic work, Svich is the founder of NoPassport, a grassroots theatre alliance and press that is devoted to Pan-American performance, theory, action, advocacy, and publication. Svich also works as a theatrical translator, primarily of the dramatic work of Federico Garcia Lorca.

Caridad Svich has a strong connection to the Ohio State University. As the 2001 James Thurber Playwright-In-Residence, she taught a course on playwriting for the Theatre Department. She also delivered the keynote address at the 2014 OSU Graduate Theatre Symposium. The Theatre Research Institute holds the Caridad Svich Collection, which includes playscripts, correspondence, essays, and interviews. The collection is the gift of Caridad Svich.