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Ion Chivu

Associate Professor

Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Performing Arts

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Ion-Cosmin Chivu has been recognized as an outstanding vital force in the theatre world and has received multiple awards for his work, including a nomination for the 2014 Drama League Awards in the Best Revival category and the New York Times and Time Out critic's pick for 'The Mutilated' by Tennessee Williams. Chivu is a New York based theater director born in Romania and has directed over fifty professional and university productions in America, Austria, England, Germany, Greece, Italy, Romania, and Thailand. Recent projects include 'The Mutilated' by Tennessee Williams (Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, 2015), 'More Stars Than There Are in Heaven' by John Guare (Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival, 2015), 'Our Class' (Skirball Center/ Temple Emanu-el, NYC, 2015). Other projects include 'Beautiful Province' by Clarence Coo, winner of the 2012 Yale New Drama Series, presented at Lincoln Center Theater 3, Irwin Shaw's 'Bury the Dead' at HERE Arts Center and at the 2014 Sibiu International Festival, and 'Something Cloudy, Something Clear' by Tennessee Williams produced by the Provincetown TW Festival. In America Cosmin directed over 30 plays in New York City (Lincoln Center, Cherry Lane, The Actors Studio, HERE Arts Center, UBU Rep, The Players), Massachusetts (The Provincetown T. Williams Festival, KO Festival), California, and New Jersey. He is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio and a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. Cosmin has completed Artist Residency programs with the Drama League, SDC, and the Jack O'Brien fellowship at the Old Globe, San Diego. He is the founder of InterArt Theatre Group. Ion-Cosmin Chivu is currently the Head of BA Acting and Directing, International Performance Ensemble at Pace University Performing Arts, NYC. In addition to the Theater courses he teaches at Pace, in recent months Cosmin also taught Master Classes on Acting, Improvisation, Directing styles, and European Drama at the Actors Studio Drama School, London's Central School of Speech and Drama, Tisch School at NYU, the University of Hawaii, Theatre of Changes - Athens, Greece, and Chulalongkorn University- Bangkok, Thailand. He is actively involved in developing new work and in translating contemporary European plays for an American audience. For four years he has been developing new plays in the Actors Studio's Playwriting Directing workshop. ‚Äč Since 2012 Chivu has been the host of The Masters Series at Schimmel Center for the Arts, a public conversation with well-established, outstanding artists. He holds a Masters in Theatre Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School, New School, NYC and a BFA in Acting from the G. Enescu Art Academy, Romania.


MFA , Actors Studio Drama School, The New School University , New York , 2003

BFA , The National Theater and Arts Academy , Iasi, Romania , 1996

Awards and Honors

  • Pace International, May 6, 2015 - Pace International Outstanding Faculty Award
  • The Drama League Awards, May 6, 2014 - 2014 Drama League Nomination for Best Revival of a Broadway or an Off Broadway play
  • Pace University, April 10, 2013 - 2013 Pace University Distinguished Service Team Award.
  • Pace University, May 2, 2012 - Division of Enrollment Management Recognition


Systems of Acting, Directing Styles, Improvisation.


THE MUTILATED by Tennessee Williams
[Theatre - Direct play] Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans,, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

[Theatre - Direct play] Playhouse Creatures ,, Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival, Provincetown, MA

OUR CLASS by Tadeusz Slobodzianek
[Theatre - Direct play] Skirball Center, Temple Emanu-el ,, Polish Cultural Institute and Skirball Center, New York City

Bury the Dead by Irwin Shaw
[Theatre - Direct play] BA International Performance Ensemble,, HERE ARTS Center, New York City, NY

Our Class by Tadeusz Slobodzianek
[Theatre - Direct play] InterArt Group,, The Drama League, New York, NY

The Mutilated by Tennessee Williams
[Theatre - Direct play] The New Ohio Theater,, Beth Bartley Productions, New York, NY

The Altruists by Nicky Silver
[Theatre - Direct play] Pace Performing Arts,, Schaeberle Studio, New York, NY

The Free Women of Lanka by Bua Parida Manomaiphibul
[Theatre - Direct play] Chulalongkorn University,, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

Beautiful Province by Clarence Coo
[Theatre - Direct play] Lincoln Center Theater III,, Yale University Drama Series, New York, NY

The Family Continues by Lanford Wilson
[Theatre - Direct play] Pace Performing Arts,, La Mama Theater, New York City, NY

Something Cloudy, Something Clear by Tennessee Williams
[Theatre - Direct play] InterArt Group,, Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival, Provincetown, MA

The Remarkable Rooming House of Mme Le Monde by Tennessee Williams
[Theatre - Direct play] Pace Performing Arts,, La Mama Theater, New York City, NY

'Serenade' by Slavomir Mrozek
[Theatre - Direct play] Pace Performing Arts,, La Mama Theater, New York City, NY

A Night in the Kremlin by Bernard Besserglik
[Theatre - Direct play] InterArt Group,, The Abingdon Theater, New York City, NY

He's Having a Baby by Andrew Kaplan
[Theatre - Direct play] InterArt Group,, 29th Street Rep, New York City, NY


  • NPR- WWNO [Radio], November 20 2015
  • Berkshire Fine Arts Review [Internet], September 20 2015
  • http://www.stageandcinema.com [Internet], April 15 2015
    'Our Class' Review http://www.stageandcinema.com/2015/04/15/our-class-skirball/
  • The New York Times/ Theater Revivew [Newspaper], November 14 2013
    Charles Isherwood's review on "The Mutilated: 'My fears that this would prove to be an unprofitable bit of stunt casting quickly evaporated once the director Cosmin Chivu's production roared into life'. full review here; http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/12/theater/reviews/the-mutilated-by-tennessee-williams-at-new-ohio-theater.html?pagewanted=all
  • The Huffington Post/ Theater Review [Internet], November 13 2013
  • PerezHilton.com/ Theater Review [Internet], November 12 2013
    Perez Hilton on The Mutilated: 'Director Cosmin Chivu conceived a sensational production that feels like a mix tween Cabaret and Once.' full review here: http://perezhilton.com/2013-11-22-the-mutilated-tennessee-williams-off-broadway-perez-hilton-review#.VCTZpEtH1FI
  • Time Out New York/ Theater Review [Magazine], November 12 2013
  • Talkin Broadway/ Theater Review [Internet], November 11 2013
  • This Week in New York/ Theater Review [Internet], November 10 2013
  • Curtain Up/ Theater Review [Internet], November 10 2013
  • TheaterMania/ Theater Review [Internet], November 10 2013


  • Council on Undergraduate Research [member] , January 1 , 2015
    The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and its affiliated colleges, universities, and individuals share a focus on providing undergraduate research opportunities for faculty and students at all institutions serving undergraduate students.
  • Network of Ensemble Theaters [member] , January 1 , 2014
    A national coalition of ensembles created by and for artists, the Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET) exists to propel ensemble theater practice to the forefront of American culture and society.
  • Lincoln Center Directors Lab [member] , June 1 , 2004
    The LCT Directors Lab is a developmental program for nurturing stage directors from around the country and around the world. It is a series of workshops, readings, rehearsals, investigations, roundtable discussions, and studio productions to provide young directors with an intensive study of their craft while fostering collaborative relationships among a peer community of artists.
  • The Actors Studio [Lifetime Membership] , March 2004
    The Actors Studio is a non-profit organization for professional actors, directors, and playwrights founded in 1947 in New York City by Elia Kazan, Cheryl Crawford, and Robert Lewis. The Actors Studio was formed to provide a place where professional actors could work together between jobs or during long runs to continue to develop their craft and to experiment with new forms in creative theatre work.
  • Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation [Member] , June 2003
    Founded in 1965, Stage Directors and Choreographers Workshop Foundation exists to develop and promote the creativity and craft of stage directors and choreographers across America.
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