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Andrei Șerban

Andrei Șerban (born June 21, 1943) is a Romanian-born American theater director. A major name in twentieth-century theater, he is renowned for his innovative and iconoclastic interpretations and stagings. Since 1992, he has been Professor of Theater at the Columbia University School of the Arts.

Biography

Early life

Born in Bucharest, he is the son of Gheorghe Șerban, a photographer, and Elpis Șerban, a teacher. As a child, he was presenting puppet shows at home and staging mock battles with his friends in Bucharest's Grădina Icoanei. From 1961 to 1968, he studied at the Theatrical and Cinematographic Art Institute in Bucharest. As a student, he directed Julius Caesar, which he now calls his "most daring production ever". Set in the Japanese Kabuki style, with a flower bridge built over the audience, and with Caesar's death performed in slow motion created an enormous scandal. After that, it became very hard for him to find a job in Romania.

In 1969, Șerban emigrated to the United States, with the help of Ellen Stewart, and a grant from the Ford Foundation. In 1970, he went to Paris to study at Peter Brook's International Centre for Theatre Research. In 1971, he staged Medea at La MaMa, E.T.C., the experimental theater club in New York City. Three years later, he directed Fragments of a Greek Trilogy (Medea, The Trojan Women, and Electra), also at La MaMa.

Career

In 1977, he directed Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The production, starring Irene Worth as Ranevskaya and Meryl Streep as Dunyasha, was nominated for a Tony Award. More recently, Șerban has directed Sarah Kane's Cleansed in Romania; Lucia di Lammermoor at the Opéra Bastille in Paris; and a popular production of Hamlet, starring Liev Schreiber in the title role, at the Public Theater in New York.

For more than two decades, Șerban has been associated with the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts. At the A.R.T., he has directed Lysistrata, The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew, The King Stag, Sganarelle, Three Sisters, The Juniper Tree, The Miser, Twelfth Night, Sweet Table at the Richelieu, and Pericles.

As a director, Șerban has also worked at the Circle in the Square Theatre, the Yale Repertory Theater, the American Conservatory Theatre, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City, Seattle and Los Angeles Operas, at the Paris, Geneva, Vienna, and Bologna Opera Houses, the Welsh National Opera, Covent Garden, Théâtre de la Ville, the Comédie Française, Helsinki's Lilla Teatern, and with the Shiki Theatre Company in Tokyo. From 1990 to 1993, he headed the National Theatre Bucharest.

While at Columbia, he has directed the Oscar Hammerstein II Center for Theater Studies, and the M.F.A. Acting program. He has also taught at Yale University, Harvard University, Carnegie Mellon University, Sarah Lawrence College, University of California, San Diego, the Paris Conservatoire d'Art Dramatique and the American Repertory Theater's Institute for Advanced Theater Training.

In 2006, he published his autobiography, written in Romanian.

Honors and awards

Andrei Șerban is the recipient of the 1974-75 Obie Award for Trilogy. In 1999, he received from the Boston Theater Critics Association the Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence. The same year, he received from the Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers the prestigious George Abbott Award, honoring artists who have made a major impact on theatre in the twentieth-century. Also in 1999, the Romanian National Foundation for Arts and Sciences, together with the Romanian Academy, awarded him the newly founded Prize for Excellence in Romanian Culture.

He has received grants from the Ford, Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations.

Bibliography

  • Eugène Ionesco, Le travail d'Andreï Serban: Medea-Elektra, Gallimard, Paris, 1973. [1]
  • Arthur Bartow, The Director's Voice: Twenty-One Interviews, Theatre Communications Group, New York, 1988 ISBN 0-930452-74-7
  • Ed Menta, The Magic World Behind the Curtain: Andrei Serban in the American Theatre, Peter Lang, New York, 1995 ISBN 0-8204-2640-7
  • Andrei Șerban, O biografie, Polirom, Iaşi, 2006. ISBN 973-46-0153-9

References

External links

  • Andrei Șerban at the Internet Movie Database
  • "A Shrew for All Seasons", an interview with Gideon Lester, the A.R.T.'s Resident Dramaturg, January 23, 1998
  • Faculty page at Columbia's School of the Arts
  • Page at the American Repertory Theatre
  • Page at the Opéra National de Paris
  • The 17th Elliot Norton Awards, 1999
  • George Abbott Award announcement
  • Short biography at Romaniaonline
  • (Romanian) into Romanian by Maria Dinescu and Andrei ŞerbanThe SeagullTranslation of Chekhov's , by Cristina Bazavan, at Editura LiterNet (with a "Diary of the Rehearsal", includes photos from the show directed by Şerban in Sibiu)

Andrei Serban - cariera, premii si distinctii

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