scholar. writer. theatre artist.
Cristina Bejan is a playwright and researcher based in Washington DC. Her work has been produced in four countries. Bejan spends her days reading in French, she recently performed in Hungarian, she dreams in Romanian, her first poem was in German, she dances in Hindi, she prays in Bislama and she writes in English. In DC you can regularly hear her work at Open Stage, Busboys and Poets and also the CAPITALFringe Theatre Festival. She is the author of the hit show DISTRICTLAND which sold out at this past year's DC Fringe.
In December 2013 Bejan and Rucsandra Pop founded Bucharest Inside the Beltway, DC's new culture and arts collective. Within this past year their work has been featured in the
Huffington Post, Washington Post, American Prospect, Dilema Veche, HotNews.RO and Radio România Actualităţi.
Cristina Bejan (Founding Executive Director of Bucharest Inside the Beltway) is a theatre artist and scholar based in Washington DC. As of June 2014, Bejan has professional appointments at the Wilson Center, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Duke University. She has authored 14 plays, one book (The Icarus of Interwar Bucharest: The Criterion Association's Descent into Fascism) and numerous essays and poems. Selected play titles by Bejan include: Districtland, Colombo Calling – a play from Sri Lanka, To Those Who Haven’t Stopped Thinking and In Search of Couches. Two of her plays (Finally Quiet in My Head and Etrangere) were selected as finalists in the Oxford University Dramatic Society New Writing Festival and Buchenwald has been published in Romania. Bejan has also directed for the theatre and film in the US, UK, Romania and Vanuatu: recent DC credits include Zalmoxis (Georgetown), The Journals of Mihail Sebastian (WWC) and Dirty Laundry (Ticket to Bollywood). Most recently Bejan was the creative consultant for Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest directed by Lila Neugebauer at the 2014 Williamstown Theatre Festival. As an actress, she has trained at Interlochen, Northwestern University and DC's Studio Theatre and performed in countless productions since childhood. Bejan is a certified Yoga Instructor and integrates yoga, movement, dance and meditation into her rehearsals. She also is passionate about sound design and dramaturgy. In addition to the press listed above, Bejan's theatre work has been featured in Evenimentul Zilei and Observator Cultural. In her creative career, Bejan is honored to have worked with such distinguished theatre artists as Maia Morgenstern, Isabela Neamtu, Lou Stein, Henry Goodman and Rosamund Pike. She has also had the pleasure of producing plays to sponsor such causes as the LiteracyLab DC, International Medical Corps, Ovidiu Rom and UNIFEM. Bejan’s most favorite project of all time was directing and developing Ol Woman Naoia, a collaborative production with female artists in the South Pacific archipelago Vanuatu about women’s rights and empowerment. Out of the success of that project Bejan was approached by the World Bank to write plays for development for the northern islands of Vanuatu. Instead she chose the rat-race over island fever and returned to the northern hemisphere to teach at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. As a scholar, she has published and organized and/or participated in conferences on topics such as totalitarianism, fascism, communism, Roma rights, the Holocaust, European History, US Civil Rights and Theatre. In addition to being a yogini and Krishnamurti addict, Bejan is a Rhodes Scholar, Fulbright Scholar and Oxford DPhil (PhD). A dual citizen of Romania and the USA, she grew up in North Carolina and after a decade of wandering the globe now considers DC home. Bejan is an advocate for NAMI DC and a member of the DC RAINN Speakers’ Bureau. Her current plays in development are entitled #Tahrir (collaborating with Maria Dayton of Transterra Media in the UAE) and Lady Godiva (based on Bejan’s recent Open Stage performance of Deconstructing the Elephant).
If you would like to be in contact with Bejan to request a CV or a script, or you have another inquiry, please do not hesitate to contact her at cab83 at duke.edu. For more information about Bejan's research at Duke, please see this video.
“As soon as I give up despair, I feel the urge, the overwhelming desire to create.”
– Eugène Ionesco