Caridad Svich with Gabriela Saker
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
United States & Cuba
New York City & San Juan, Puerto Rico
PEACE BUILDER BIOGRAPHY
Caridad Svich is a playwright. She received the 2012 OBIE for Lifetime Achievement and the ATCA Primus Prize. Her plays RED BIKE and GUAPA received NNPN rolling world premieres. She is a former Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University, and Visiting Research Fellow at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She is published by TCG, Methuen Drama, Routledge, Intellect Books, Smith & Kraus, and more. She is founder of NoPassport Press.
Gabriela Saker is an actress, producer, writer and journalist, originally from Cuba, and currently based in New York and Puerto Rico. Founder and Artistic Director of Teatro Público, a theater company seeking to strengthen excellence, diversity, innovation and social transformation in the Puerto Rican theatrical landscape. Former journalist of Puerto Rico’s top newspaper, El Nuevo Día, covering politics, education and social justice. She was a member of Generation 25, created by The Peace Studio and Mashirika for the Ubumuntu Arts Festival in Kigali, Rwanda, and has also performed in Madrid, Barcelona and Santiago de Compostela, Spain. She is currently an MFA Drama student at The Juilliard School.
DAILY PEACE ACTION
In the face of difficult conversations, there are two guiding principles that I always seek to activate in my soul, in an effort to counter the polarizing society we live in: The Ubuntu philosophy (“I am because you are, you are because I am, we are human together”) and the daily practice of listening (“True listening involves the possibility of being changed,” in the words of acting mentor Richard Feldman).
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