Department of Theatre alumna Caridad Svich recently received the 2018 Ellen Stewart Award for Career Achievement in Professional Theatre by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). The honor is given annually to recognize superlative contributions to the field of theatre.
Since graduating from UNC Charlotte in 1985, Svich has written more than 40 full-length plays, a variety of short works and 15 translations. She received a 2012 OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement in the theatre, a 2012 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award and the 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize for her play “The House of the Spirits,” based on the Isabel Allende novel. She has won the National Latino Playwriting Award (sponsored by Arizona Theatre Company) twice and has been short-listed for the PEN Award in Drama four times. Her works in English and Spanish have been seen at venues across the United States and abroad.
In September, the Department of Theatre will present Svich's play, “Archipelago,” performed by theatre faculty CarlosAlexis Cruz and Kaja Dunn and directed by Monica Ndounou.
Svich was the College of Arts + Architecture's 2016 Distinguished Alumna in Theatre.