Meet Bucharest Inside The Beltway
Cristina Bejan (Founding Executive Director) is a theatre artist, scholar and writer based in Denver, Colorado. Currently teaching at Metropolitan State University of Denver, she has taught at multiple US universities, worked in research and worked internationally in the domains of consulting, emergency humanitarian relief and women’s empowerment. Her creative work has been produced in the US, UK, Romania and Vanuatu. Bejan has authored fifteen plays, one book and numerous essays and poems. Her play DISTRICTLAND sold-out at the DC Capital Fringe Festival 2014 and is currently being turned into a TV series. Another script by Bejan, Colombo Calling – a play from Sri Lanka, appeared in Bucharest in 2008 starring Maia Morgenstern and featuring Ana Popescu. This initiative first brought Bejan together with BiB’s Rucsandra Pop and Roxana Nicolaescu. She was the creative consultant for Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest directed by Lila Neugebauer at the 2014 Williamstown Theatre Festival. Bejan is also a spoken word artist who frequently presents her work at open mics throughout the District. For a full bio, please visit cristinaabejan.com. For more on her professional life, please check out her LinkedIn profile. "As soon as I give up despair, I feel the urge, the overwhelming desire to create." - Eugène Ionesco ... "Begin where you are." -Krishnamurti
Amanda L. Andrei (Radiance Playwrights Residency Director) With roots in the Philippines and Romania, Amanda L. Andrei hails from Virginia/Washington D.C. and currently resides in Los Angeles. Her plays are epic, irreverent, and medicinal. Full-length plays include Lena Passes By (Quarterfinalist 2020 Screencraft Stage Play Competition), Black Sky (Winner of Parity Productions 2020 Commission; Madison New Works Lab; Semifinalist 2019 Screencraft Stage Play Competition; Finalist 2020 New American Voices Festival), and Every Night I Die (Winner 2010 International Bottle Tree Award). Her work has been developed by Pasadena Playhouse, Playwrights Arena, La MaMa, Artists at Play, Son of Semele, In Full Color, Relative Theatrics, Bucharest Inside the Beltway, La-Ti-Do, and others. She is a member of the Echo Young Playwrights group, The Vagrancy Writers Group, Playground LA’s Writers Pool, and Dramatists Guild of America. She is a proud alum of VONA, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and was recently named a Sylvia Clare Brown fellow at Ragdale. She is a teaching artist with Fringe Benefits and producer at Aguas Arts Ink. College of William & Mary (BA), Georgetown University (MA), University of Southern California (MFA).
Rucsandra Pop (Founding Artistic Director) writes prose, poetry and drama and she is very active in a number of independent cultural projects. Three of her plays were staged at lorgean theater, and the fourth one will have the premiere this summer. Rucsandra is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology and Folklore at Bucharest University. She graduated with an MA in Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology and Folklore at Bucharest University and a BA in Romanian and English Philology at Transylvania University (Brasov, Romania). She also attended graduate programs in Journalism at Academia Istropolitana Nova (Bratislava, Slovakia) and in Sociology at the Central European University (Warsaw, Poland). In 2011-2012, Rucsandra was a Fulbright visiting scholar at Indiana University. During her year in the United States, she documented her journeys. The result of her intellectual exploration of the American continent was the photo exhibition Random America – People & Places. Signs & Artifacts and the poem called America – a Poetic Tourist Guide. Rucsandra is a contributor to various academic and cultural publications. Photo Credit: Iulian Dumitru
Roxana Nicolaescu (PR/Marketing) is a theatre goer and a theatre lover from Bucharest, Romania. She is licensed in Cultural Studies and has a master degree in Advertising and Communication. Her daily life is divided between her job as an event manager in Romanian central bank and working for independent projects. She started her own cultural association www.gingergroup.ro , a web platform that helps young artists to express themselves as freely as possible. She first met Cristina Bejan back in 2008 when she worked PR for her play “Colombo Calling. A play from Sri Lanka.” That was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.