Collection CHC5161 - Caridad Svich Papers

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Caridad Svich Papers


  • 1980-2013 (Creation)


9 Boxes

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Caridad Svich was born in the United States of Cuban-Argentine-Spanish-Croatian parents. She is an award winning playwright, songwriter/lyricist, translator, and editor. A member of New Dramatists, she earned her BFA at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and her MFA at the University of California at San Diego. She has written over forty full-length plays and fifteen translations as well as other short works. Svich has been a guest artist at the Traverse Theater in Edinburgh, and the Royal Court Theater, and has taught playwriting workshops at Paine’s Plough Theater in London and the US-Cuba Writer’s Conference in Havana. She has been a guest lecturer at the Yale School of Drama, and visiting faculty at Bennington College in Vermont.

As a translator, her chief work is the English-language translation of plays and poems by Federico García Lorca published in Federico García Lorca: impossible theater: five plays and thirteen poems; in new translations by Caridad Svich(Smith & Kraus, 2000), Lorca Major Plays Volume I, and Lorca: Major Plays Volume II (NoPassport Press). Other translations and adaptations include works by Calderon de la Barca, Lope de Vega, Antonio Buero Vallejo and contemporary dramatists Veronica Musalem, Abilio Estevez, and Silvia Pelaez.

Awards and fellowships include NEA/TCG Playwriting Residency at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre, TCG/PEW National Theatre Artist Residency at INTAR, Rosenthal New Play Prize at Cincinnati Playhouse, 2007 Whitfield Cook Prize for New Writing at New Dramatists, 2003 National Latino Playwriting Award, Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University, Jonathan R. Reynolds Playwright in Residence at Denison University, and Thurber House Fellow at Ohio State University. She is the founder of the performance collective NoPassport, an international theatre alliance and press.

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The Caridad Svich Papers contain the personal and literary works of playwright Caridad Svich. This collection is organized into two series. Series 1 consists of original theater works as well as translations by Caridad Svich; materials related to the productions, such as playbills, advertisements, clippings and reviews; and articles about the playwrights. Series 2 consists of audiovisual material such as Mini DVs, CDs and tapes containing conferences presented by Caridad Svich and performance soundtracks. Series 3 contains magazines featuring Svich's writing.

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This collection is arranged into two series. Series 1 contains materials relating to Svich's work as a playwright organized alphabetically. Series 2 contains audiovisual material of Caridad Svich's conferences and performance soundtracks. Series 3 contains magazines featuring Svich's writing.

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This collection is open for research.

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  • English
  • Spanish

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Various donations from Lillian Manzor. Magazines donated by Caridad Svich, February 2018.

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