Caridad Svich is an award-winning playwright, translator, screenwriter, editor, lyricist, educator and artivist. The author of over 100 plays. She has taught playwriting & creative writing at NYU, Yale School of Drama, Rutgers University, Bard College, Bennington College, Denison University, Barnard College, and more. She has been a Visiting Research Fellow at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and a Harvard/Radcliffe Institute Fellow. She has also adapted works by Isabel Allende, Mario Vargas Llosa, Julia Alvarez and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. She trained extensively with legendary playwright Maria Irene Fornes.
Her film FUGITIVE DREAMS (co-screenwriter, based on her play) received world premiere at the 2020 Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, and US premiere at the 2020 Austin Film Festival. She is recipient of the 2012 OBIE for Lifetime Achievement and 2018 Ellen Stewart Career Achievement Award in Professional Theatre from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. Her plays include 12 OPHELIAS, IPHIGENIA CRASH LAND FALLS..., RED BIKE and THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS (Based on Isabel Allende's novel). She has authored and/or edited several books on theatre published by Routledge, TCG, Methuen Drama, Manchester University Press, Backstage Books, Smith & Kraus and Eyecorner Press. Her plays are published by Intellect Books, Seagull Books and Broadway Play Publishing. She is founder of NoPassport theatre alliance & press, associate editor of Contemporary Theatre Review, Drama Editor of Asymptote Literary Translation Journal, and on the board of Global Performance Studies journal. She sustains parallel career as a theatrical translator and is chiefly known for her English language translations of the dramatic works of Federico Garcia Lorca. She holds an MFA from UCSD, and a BCA from UNCC. She has also taught at Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Ohio State University and the Einhorn School of Performing Arts in New York. She has received fellowships from TCG/NEA, TCG/Pew, the Tanne Foundation and the California Arts Council.