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Today’s Memory – Andrei Șerban

Andrei Șerban

born 21 June 1943, Bucharest


Andrei Șerban is a Romanian-born American theater and opera director. A major name in twentieth-century theater, he is renowned for his innovative and iconoclastic interpretations and stagings. Since 1992, he has been Professor of Theater at the Columbia University School of the Arts.

He studied at the Theatrical and Cinematographic Art Institute in Bucharest. As a student, he directed Julius Caesar, which he now calls his „most daring production ever„. Set in the Japanese Kabuki style, with a flower bridge built over the audience, and with Caesar’s death performed in slow motion created an enormous scandal. After that, it became very hard for him to find a job in Romania…

In 1969, Șerban emigrated to the United States, with the help of Ellen Stewart, and a grant from the Ford Foundation. In 1970, he went to Paris to study at Peter Brook’s International Centre for Theatre Research. He staged Medea at La MaMa, E.T.C., the experimental theater club in New York City. Three years later, he directed Fragments of a Greek Trilogy (Medea, The Trojan Women, and Electra), also at La MaMa.

Screener for the film Andre Serban: The Greek Trilogy Screener – Artfilms

Andrei Șerban directed Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, starring Irene Worth and Meryl Streep, nominated for a Tony Award. He directed also: Sarah Kane’s Cleansed, Lucia di Lammermoor at the Opéra Bastille in Paris, Hamlet, starring Liev Schreiber in the title role, at the Public Theater in New York.

Gaetano Donizetti – Lucia di Lammermoor. Air de la folie Opéra Bastille Paris, Pretty Yende

For more than two decades, Șerban has been associated with the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts. At the A.R.T., he has directed Lysistrata, The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew, The King Stag, Sganarelle, Three Sisters, The Juniper Tree, The Miser, Twelfth Night, Sweet Table at the Richelieu, and Pericles.

As a director, Șerban has also worked at the Circle in the Square Theatre, the Yale Repertory Theater, the American Conservatory Theatre, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City, Seattle and Los Angeles Operas, at the Paris, Geneva, Vienna, and Bologna Opera Houses, the Welsh National Opera, Covent Garden, Théâtre de la Ville, the Comédie Française, Helsinki’s Lilla Teatern, and with the Shiki Theatre Company in Tokyo. From 1990 to 1993, he headed the National Theatre Bucharest.

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