Winner of the first Middle East America Playwright Award in 2008, native New Yorker Adriana Sevan is an actress and playwright. Her critically acclaimed one woman show, Taking Flight, has been thrilling audiences across the country. It was recently awarded a 2007 San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award and is a finalist for a 2008 Audie Award for Best Solo Narrative. As a playwright, she has created, developed, and performed her work at the Sundance Theatre Lab, South Coast Repertory, The Mark Taper Forum, The Lark Play Development Center, INTAR, and Dixon Place. In 2006, Taking Flight, had its world premiere at The Kirk Douglas Theatre , produced by Michael Ritchie and Diane Rodriguez/Center Theatre Group. The play was then recorded live with LA Theatre Works for a nationwide broadcast, on Public Radio, for the series, “The Play’s The Thing.” Taking Flight has continued to have sold out runs at San Diego Rep, The Fountain Theatre, and the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.
Sevan is about to begin a nine month playwriting residency, led by Pier Carlo Talenti, at The Mark Taper Forum. As an actress, she has just completed a film called Harvest, opposite Barbara Barrie and Robert Loggia. She has appeared in multiple guest-starring roles on TV, including “The Unit,” “Law & Order,” “Sex & the City,” “Deadline,” “Dellaventura,” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” Onstage, her theatre credits include work at South Coast Repertory, Yale Rep, Coconut Grove Playhouse, LA Theatre Works, The Public Theater, Classic Stage Company, Shakespeare & Company, ACT, and HERE. She currently guest teaches at CAL ARTS, and leads transformational workshops for at risk adolescent girls using creative writing, improvisation, and personal myth-making as tools for girls to discover and express their vibrant, vital, and unique voices.
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