Maria Litvan is a theatre-maker and scholar born in Uruguay. She grew up in Barcelona before moving to New York in 1997. She is the recipient of several awards, including the John Golden Award for Excellence in Playwriting, the John Gassner Award, and in Catalonia, the Premi Josep Robrenyo. Besides developing her own work, Maria has collaborated with international companies such as La Fura dels Baus, Brith Gof, Malqueridas, LorRojo, and The New Stage Theatre. She has an M.A. in Individualized Studies at Gallatin, NYU, with a concentration in perception, mysticism, and performing arts, and is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Theatre and Performance at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research focuses on questions of embodiment. The questions at heart are: why do we need a body to experience? How does embodied experience contribute to the development of individual consciousness and the construction of societies? Does embodiment transcend the physical body? How and when do new technologies and digital supports detract from or enhance embodied experiences? She is interested in ritual, and in particular in the link between ritual, the sacred, and the political in the indigenous cultures of the Americas. Her latest full-length theatre production, Prologue, is a tribute to French philosopher, mystic, and social activist Simone Weil, and was partly developed in a residency at the Jersey City Theater
Center in the summer of 2018. Maria’s writing can be found at BOMB (magazine), and soon in TDR: The Drama Review, and Performance Research.