Theatre Artist. Historian. Writer.
Cristina Bejan is an artist and author based in Washington DC. Her theatre work has been produced in the USA, the UK, Romania and Vanuatu, and upcoming in Papua New Guinea in 2016. She is the author of the hit show DISTRICTLAND which sold out at CAPITALFringe '14 and is currently being made into a TV series, recently featured in the Washington Post.
Her next play LADY GODIVA will appear as a Work in Progress at Source Theatre as part of the Mead Theatre Lab Program on February 8, 2016 at 7.30pm. Previews have begun at open mics across the District, specifically: OpenStage, Pure Lounge, Spit That, Busboys & Poets and Bloombars.
"Don't talk or they'll hear you." The inherited trauma of communist Romania. So Cristina Bejan was silent for ten years. LADY GODIVA is her story of rape. Proudly promoting RAINN: the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network. Directed by Star Johnson. Assistant Directed by the playwright. Performed by Muslima Musawwir.
Bejan's play "Finally Quiet In My Head" had an extremely successful US premiere at the DC Black Theatre Festival, June 20 and 21, 2015 at the Anacostia Arts Center in Washington DC. The play was invited to appear at the Kennedy Center on September 5, 2015 as part of the #Page2Stage Festival. Bejan and her work have just been featured in the Northwestern University Weinberg College Magazine
In December 2013 Bejan and Rucsandra Pop founded Bucharest Inside the Beltway, DC's new culture and arts collective. BiB's work has already been featured in the Huffington Post, Washington Post, American Prospect, Dilema Veche, HotNews.RO and Radio România Actualităţi.
You can reach Cristina Bejan and Bucharest Inside the Beltway at bucharestinsidethebeltway at gmail.com
Cristina Bejan (Founding Executive Director of Bucharest Inside the Beltway) is a theatre artist and historian based in Washington DC. Currently a researcher at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Bejan has also had professional appointments at the Wilson Center, Duke University, Georgetown University and UNC-Greensboro. She has authored 15 plays, one book (The Icarus of Interwar Bucharest: The Criterion Association's Descent into Fascism) and numerous essays and poems. For a photo montage of her theatre work over the past ten years, please scroll below. 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. From 2005-2008 She was the Aristic Director of Théâtre Fille de Chambre, a 'feminine' theatre company in Oxford, UK. 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 historian, 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 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. Bejan is a very active member of the Romanian community in Washington DC and has produced many successful cultural events at the Romanian Embassy to the United States and is honored to serve on the Advisory Board of Alianta The Romanian-American Alliance. Her current play in development is Lady Godiva (based on Bejan’s recent Open Stage performance of Deconstructing the Elephant).
“As soon as I give up despair, I feel the urge, the overwhelming desire to create.”
– Eugène Ionesco
INTERNATIONAL THEATRE ARTIST CHRONOLOGICAL PHOTO MONTAGE....
Cristina Bejan's acting headshot in 2004, as a Theatre and Philosophy undergraduate at Northwestern University, Illinois, USA.
Henry Goodman and Rosamund Pike in Brian Friel's
"Performances" directed by Lou Stein.
Assistant directed by Cristina Bejan.
July 2006, Wilton's Music Hall, London.
Theatre Fille de Chambre rehearsal of Paula Vogel's "Desdemona: a play about a hankerchief,"
directed by Christina Ciocca and featuring Cristina Bejan (as Desdemona),
Danielle Orchard and Lakshmi Krishnan. Performed in Corpus Christi Music Room.
Oxford, UK, 2007
Cristina Bejan in Sibiu, Romania in 2007 the year the Transylvanian city was the European Capital of Culture
Maia Morgenstern performing the role of Varthini Balakrishnan and Pavel Barsan as Karthi
Tissainayagam in "Colombo Calling - a play from Sri Lanka" written by Cristina Bejan,
directed by Alexandru Miahil, Museo Cafe and Teatrul Foarte Mic,
July 2008, Bucharest, Romania.
Josie Jackson as Leipakoa in "Ol Woman Naoia: tri blong hanred plis"
a play about and written by women in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Directed by Cristina Bejan.
Performed at Club Vanuatu and Vanuatu Amateur Theatrical Society (VATS).
April and May 2010, the South Pacific.
Spring 2011, Cristina Bejan with Adrian Tudorache of the Romanian Embassy
to the United States after the success of the first of many cultural events
produced by Cristina at the Romanian Embassy, Washington DC.
Anika Harden as Zalmoxis in Lucian Blaga's "Zalmoxis" Devine Studio Theatre,
Georgetown University, May 2011.
Directed by Cristina Bejan, Washington DC.
Dan Istrate as Sebastian in "The Journals of Mihail Sebastian" by David Auburn,
directed by Cristina Bejan, Woodrow Wilson Center, September 2011, Washington DC.
Aaren Keith as Maria, Andrew Quilpa as Frank and Russell Simon as Afghani Cabbie in DISTRICTLAND written by Cristina Bejan,
performed at Redrum Theatre, Capital Fringe Festival 2014, July 2014, Washington DC.
Cristina Bejan (creative consultant) and the cast of Caryl Chuchill's "Mad Forest"
directed by Lila Neuberger,
Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, Summer 2014.
Bucharest Inside the Beltway's codirectors Rucsandra Pop and Cristina Bejan
read the community poem at the BiB DC-inspired slam poetry event
"In Poetry We Trust" in Bucharest, Romania, August 2, 2014.
Miles Folley, Andrew Quilpa and Kathleen Mason in Saviana Stanescu's
"For a Barbarian Woman" directed by Cristina Bejan,
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Inaugural Alianta Awards Gala October 2, 2014. Washington DC.
Cristina Bejan in her 'Ie' (Romanian blouse) performing her original spoken word poetry in English and Romanian at Pure Lounge, 14th St. #PurePoetry, Washington DC.
Muslima Musawwir (Morgan) and Christopher Akinbuwa (Gerard) in "Finally Quiet In My Head" by Cristina Bejan, Anacostia Arts Center, June 20-21, 2015. US Premiere in the DC Black Theatre Festival. Bejan one of 8 featured playwrights in DCBTF.
Bejan's newest play LADY GODIVA will have its world premiere February 8, 2016 at Source Theatre on 14th St. in DC as a "Work in Progress" in Mead Theatre Lab's 2015-2016 Season. Directed by Star Johnson, Performed by Muslima Musawwir.
Cristina Bejan on any given day in her writing studio in Petworth, Washington DC.
For full details on Cristina Bejan's plays and approach to playwriting, please visit her profile on the New Play Exchange