Professional Bio

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 on the Isabel Allende 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

Her works in English and Spanish have been seen at venues across the US and abroad, among them San Diego Repertory Theatre, Gala Hispanic Theatre, Denver Center Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, 59E59, The Women’s Project, Repertorio Espanol, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Salvage Vanguard, Teatro Mori (Chile), Artheater-Cologne (Germany), Ilkhom Theater (Uzbekistan), and Edinburgh Fringe Festival/UK. In the 2014-2015 season: Her adaptation of Mario Vargas Llosa’s Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter premiered at Repertorio Espanol in New York City, her play Spark received world premiere at Theatre Alliance in Washington D.C. and PYGmalion Productions in Salt Lake City, her commissioned play The Orphan Sea premiered at University of Missouri-Columbia, her performance piece Jarman (all this maddening beauty) was presented at Kings College, London, Unity Theatre in Liverpool, England at the Homotopia Festival, OUTsider Fest in Austin, TX, Queer NY International Arts Festival and OUT in the Tropics festival in Miami; This Thing of Ours was seen at the 2015 Ignite Festival of New Work at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Archipelago received reading at Arizona Theatre Company, Upon the Fragile Shore received multiple readings globally during October-November 2014 and premiered at as CorpOLuz production at the SummerWorks festival in Toronto, The Hour of All Things premiered at Ensemble Studio Theatre in NYC, and her translation of Victor Rascon Banda’s Absence was seen at Borderlands Theater in Tucson, AZ. 

As founder of theatre alliance & press NoPassport (www.nopassport.org) her work has 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 continued engagement with representations of the “fragile shores” in our lives. She is currently co-organizer and curator of Climate Change Theatre Action with The Arctic Cycle and Theatre Without Borders.

Among her key works are 12 Ophelias, Any Place But Here, Alchemy of Desire/Dead-Man’s Blues, and Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (a rave fable). Seven of her plays are published in Instructions for Breathing and Other Plays (Seagull Books and University of Chicago Press, 2014). Five of her plays radically re-imagining ancient Greek tragedies are published in Blasted Heavens (Eyecorner Press, University of Denmark, 2012). Her works are also published by TCG, Broadway Play Publishing, Manchester University Press, Playscripts, Arte Publico Press, Smith & Kraus, Alexander Street Press, StageReads and more. Among her awards/recognitions are: Harvard University Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship TCG/Pew Charitable Trusts National Theater Artist Residency at INTAR, NEA/TCG Playwriting Residency at the Mark Taper Theatre Forum Latino Theatre Initiative. 

She has edited several book on theatre including Innovation in Five Acts (published by TCG in 2015), Out of Silence: Censorship in Theatre & Performance and Trans-Global Readings: Crossing Theatrical Boundaries. 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 alumna playwright of New Dramatists, Drama Editor of Asymptote literary journal, associate editor of Contemporary Theatre Review (Routledge,UK), contributing editor of TheatreForum, She is on the advisory board for the US-Mexico Exchange at the Lark Play Development Center in New York City.