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Individual: Andrei Serban

Biography
Andrei Serban (born June 21, 1943), is an acclaimed Romanian-born theatre director. He studied at the Theatrical and Cinematographic Art Institute in Bucharest. As a student, he directed a Kabuki-style production of Julius Caesar; its avant garde approach scandalized Romanian audiences. Ellen Stewart was introduced to Serban's work at theatre festivals in Europe. In 1969 she arranged for him to travel to the United States, with money from a Ford Foundation grant. According to scholar Stephen Bottoms, Serban’s work “came to epitomize [Stewart’s] dream of a truly international theatre dependent on sound, spectacle, and music rather than the English language” (Playing Underground, p. 338). Serban soon became resident director of the La Mama Repertory Company. His first work at La Mama was a double bill in the spring of 1970, the Elizabethan tragedy “Arden of Faversham” and Alfred Jarry’s “Ubu”. Serban’s approach to theatre involved “using classic texts as malleable raw material for creating his own theatrical visions…sensory and essentially antiliterary theater” (Bottoms, 338). In October 1974, Serban directed Fragments of a Greek Trilogy (his combination of previous productions of Medea, The Trojan Women, and Electra, all heavily adapted from the original text) to universal acclaim. The production won Serban the Obie award in 1974-75. Since then, Serban has directed productions the world over; among his many credits, includes directing the National Theatre in Bucharest from 1990 – 1993. He has an ongoing association with the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has received Guggenheim and Rockefeller grants and has taught at Yale, Harvard, the University of California, Sarah Lawrence and many other colleges and universities; he has been a Professor of Theater at Columbia University since 1992.
Source: Bottoms, Stephen J. Playing Underground; a critical history of the 1960s off-off-Broadway movement. The University of Michigan Press, 2006.
Related Productions
"Ubu" and "Arden of Faversham" (1970)
Arden Of Faversham; an Elisabethan domestic tragedy (1970)
Medea (1972a)
Crow (1974)
Fragments Of A Trilogy (1974)
Trilogy (1974)
Good Woman of Setzuan, The (1975)
Fragments Of A Trilogy: "The Trojan Women" and "Electra" (1975/76)
Good Woman of Setzuan, The (1976)
Fragments of a Trilogy (1976/77)
Fragments Of A Trilogy: "The Trojan Women" And "Electra" (1978)
Good Woman of Setzuan, The (1978)
Fragments Of A Trilogy (1979)
As You Like It (1980)
Uncle Vanya (1983)
"Ubu" and "Arden Of Faversham" in Munich, Germany (1970)
"Ubu", "Arden Of Faversham", "Heimskringla", "A Rat's Mass" and "Cinque" in Holland (1970)
"Ubu", "Arden Of Faversham", "A Rat's Mass" and "Cinque" in London, England (1970)
"Arden of Faversham" in Italy (1970)
"Arden Of Faversham" In Belgrade, Yugoslavia (1970)
"Medea" in Germany: Great Jones Repertory Tour (1972)
"Medea" In Holland: Great Jones Repertory Tour (1972a)
"Medea" In Holland: Great Jones Repertory Tour (1972b)
"Medea" In Spoleto, Italy: Great Jones Repertory Tour (1972)
"Medea" at the Baalbeck Festival in Lebanon: Great Jones Repertory Tour (1972)
"Medea" In Avignon, France: Great Jones Repertory Tour (1972)
"Medea" In Paris, France: Great Jones Repertory Tour (1972a)
"Medea" In Paris, France: Great Jones Repertory Tour (1972b)
"Electra" In Bordeaux, France: Great Jones Repertory Tour (1973)
"Electra" In Paris, France: Great Jones Repertory Tour (1973)
"Fragments Of A Trilogy: 'Electra' And 'The Trojan Women'" at Sarah Lawrence College (1974)
"The Trojan Women" And "Medea" In Vienna: Great Jones Repertory Tour (1975)
"Medea" in Copenhagen, Denmark: Great Jones Repertory Tour (1972)
"Trilogy" In Holland: Great Jones Repertory Tour (1975)
"Trilogy" In Venice, Italy: Great Jones Repertory Tour (1975)
"Trilogy" In Belgrade, Yugoslavia: Great Jones Repertory Tour (1975)
"The Trojan Women" In France: Great Jones Repertory Tour (1975)
"The Trojan Women" In Torino, Italy: Great Jones Repertory Tour (1975)
"Trilogy" In Athens, Greece: Great Jones Repertory Tour (1975)
"Trilogy" And "The Good Woman Of Setzuan" In Paris, France: Great Jones Repertory Tour (1976)
"The Trojan Women" In Taormina, Italy: Great Jones Repertory Tour (1976)
"Trilogy" At The Festival D'Anjou, France: Great Jones Repertory Tour (1976)
"As You Like It": Great Jones Repertory Tour (La Rochelle, France, 1976)
"The Good Woman Of Setzuan" In La Rochelle, France: Great Jones Repertory Tour (1976)
"Trilogy" And "As You Like It" In Saintes, France: Great Jones Repertory Tour (1976)
"The Good Woman Of Setzuan" In Rotterdam, Holland: Great Jones Repertory Tour (1976)
"Trilogy" And "The Good Woman Of Setzuan" In Edinburgh, Scotland: Great Jones Repertory Tour (1976)
"As You Like It" In Taormina, Italy: Great Jones Repertory Tour (1977)
"Trilogy" In Taormina, Italy: Great Jones Repertory Tour (1977)
"As You Like It" At The 11th Festival Of Arts Shiraz Persepolis: Great Jones Repertory Tour (1977)
"Three Greek Plays" ("Trilogy") Broadcast By CBS TV's "Camera Three" (1977)
"Trilogy" At The Jerusalem Spring Festival: Great Jones Repertory Tour (1979)
"As You Like It" In Stuttgart, Germany: Great Jones Repertory Tour (1980)
"Medea" At The Haworth Summer Festival: Great Jones Repertory Company (1987)
"Trilogy" In Spoleto, Italy: Great Jones Repertory Tour (1987)
Fragments of a Trilogy (1986)
He Wants Shih! (1973)
Fragments of a Greek Trilogy (1999)
"The Trojan Women" in Taipei, Taiwan (1998)
"Trojan Women" in Korea (1997)
"The Trojan Women" in St. Cybardeaux, France (1976)