( 1963- )
Caridad Svich, who was born in Philadelphia, is of Cuban, Croatian, Argentine, and Spanish descent. She earned a BFA in theatre-performance from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte ( 1985) and an MFA in theatre-playwriting from the University of California at San Diego ( 1988).
She studied playwriting under Maria Irene Fornes for four years at the INTAR Hispanic American Arts Center in New York. Svich has held a residency in dramaturgy at the La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, California, and has participated in the South Coast Repertory's Hispanic Playwrights Project in Costa Mesa, California, and the Playwrights' Center's Midwest PlayLabs in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Women's Project and Productions in New York, the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, and PEN Center USA.
Caridad Svich is a translator as well as a playwright. Her translations include Victor Manuel Leites Dona Ramona (partially funded by a Theatre Communications Group Hispanic translation project commissioning grant), Antonio Buero - Vallejo The Story of a Staircase (commissioned by the Classic Stage Company's National Theater Translation Fund), and Federico García Lorca Chimera and his Love of Don Perlimplin.
In addition to her theatre work, Svich has taught writing at the University of California at San Diego and playwriting at Yale University. Caridad Svich currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
Caridad Svich's work is a combination of realism and mysticism; a unique poeticism of language captures the deep, almost inexpressible dynamics of need