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translator , writer , theater director

Virlana Maria Tkacz, American theater director, writer, translator. Fellow, Fulbright Foundation, 2002, National Education Association, 2005; International Creative Collaborations grant, Meet the Composer/Ford Foundation, 1997-1999. Member of Actors' Equity Association, American Literature Translators Association.


Tkacz, Virlana Maria was born on June 23, 1952 in Newark.


Bachelor, Bennington College, 1974. Master of Fine Arts, Columbia University, 1983.


Associate producer Fox television State of the Arts, New York City, 1979—1980. Teaching assistant Columbia University School of the Arts, 1980—1983. Assistant director, production manager La MaMa Experimental Theatre, 1982—1989.

Director, dramaturg, assistant director, since 1983. Associate director, production manager Ping Chong & Company, 1989—1996. Resident director La MaMa Experimental Theatre, since 1989.

Artistic director and founder Yara Arts Group, since 1990.


  • Other Work

    • Author: (book) Shanar: Dedicaiton Ritual of a Buryat Shaman in Siberia (Benjamin Franklin Award best book on religion, 2002). Translator: (poem) May (Translate Prize from Agni Reveiw, 1992), (play) Forest Song (National Theatre Translate Fund Award, 1993), (poem) Ukrainian and Buryat Poetry (New York State Council on the Arts Literature). Director and creator: (16 original theatre pieces) Koliada: Twelve Dishes.

      The Warrior's Sister, Swan, Howling, Obo: Our Shamanism, Song Tree, Circle, Flight of the White Bird, Virtual Souls, Wayward Wind, Waterfall/Refelctions, Yara's Forest Song, Blind Sight, Explosions, A Light From the East.


Member of Actors' Equity Association, American Literature Translators Association.