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Saviana Stănescu (Condeescu) is a Romanian-American playwright, poet and ARTivist, with Roma and Balkan roots, based in New York City/Ithaca, New York. Hailed as one of the most exciting voices to have emerged in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Iron Curtain, Stănescu has received numerous accolades for her work, including the New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Script (Waxing West) and the Best Romanian Play of the Year UNITER Award (Inflatable Apocalypse). She has been inducted into the Indie Theater Hall of Fame and was named the Indie Theater Person of the Year in 2010. After protesting in the streets as a student at the Romanian Revolution in 1989, Stănescu worked in the newly created free press as a cultural journalist at the daily newspaper Adevărul, a contributor for Radio Free Europe and a talk-show host for TVR International (Necessary Polemics). Her revolutionary spirit inspires all of her theatrical and literary work.