Winner of the first Middle East America Distinguished 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, since its world premiere at The Kirk Douglas Theatre, produced by Michael Ritchie and Diane Rodriguez/Center Theatre Group. Taking Flight, was awarded a 2007 San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award and the audio CD, recorded live for public radio by LA Theatre Works, was a finalist for the 2008 Audie Award for Best Solo Narrative.
As a playwright, Sevan has created, developed, and/or performed her work at the Sundance Theatre Lab, South Coast Repertory, The Mark Taper Forum, The Lark Play Development Center, Silk Road Theatre Project, Golden Thread, INTAR, and Dixon Place. Taking Flight has continued to have sold out runs at San Diego Rep, The Fountain Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, and Stages Repertory. Sevan will perform the play at Teatro Vision, in San Jose, in January 2010. She has guest taught Playwriting and Performance at CalArts, University of California at Santa Barbara, and The Goodman Theatre. 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.
Sevan is currently completing a nine month playwriting residency, led by Pier Carlo Talenti, at The Mark Taper Forum, and preparing for her research trip to Armenia and Turkey, for her new play, Night Over Erzinga, commissioned by the Lark, Silk Road, and Golden Thread theatres of the MEA award. Taking Flight is currently being published by Samuel French. Sevan continues to lead monthly transformational workshops, for at risk adolescent girls, using creative writing, improvisation, and personal myth-making, to inspire them to discover, and express, their vibrant, vital, and unique voices.