Bianca Bagatourian is a graduate of The Art Center College of Design and also the Brooklyn College Playwriting MFA Program, under lifetime Obie winning playwright, Mac Wellman. She is an experimental playwright who likes to stretch the boundaries of theater and whose works revolve around human rights themes. Her current play, THE TIME OF OUR LIES, based on the works of noted historian, Howard Zinn, was co-produced by Viggo Mortensen, and support from Eddie Vedder, Tim Robbins, Diane Lane, Tom Shadyac and the Zinn Estate and ran at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it was nominated for the Amnesty International "Freedom of Expression" Award is now going to be on at The Park Theatre in London, July, 2019. Her play about the 1976 revolution in Iran focused on the injustice to the children of a revolution and had readings at both the Ohio Theater in NYC and The Pasadena Playhouse in Ca. In 2016, a reading of her new work was presented at The Lark Theatre in NYC as part of the Middle Eastern Convening of Playwrights. She is also working on a play about the Armenian genocide based on 800 hours of survivor stories with permission from the Armenian Library and Museum of America called THE LEFTOVER as well as OPERATION AJAX about the downfall of Mohammad Mossadegh, the first democratically elected prime minister in Iran in 1953. Bianca is the president of the Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance, a non-profit organization she founded in 2005 which administers the $10,000 Saroyan/Paul Human Rights Playwriting Award (www.armeniandrama.org). She also works in the film world and produced a feature film in 2015 and has another in production now as well as a genocide documentary being filmed in Africa.
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MORE ABOUT ME
My play about the life of radical historian, HOWARD ZINN, changed me. I never liked history growing up and didn't see the importance. Then I asked Howard what the most important message was about his life's work and he replied, "Know your history. Because if you don't know your history and your president says, go to war, you won't know the consequences of the last one and you're a blank page. You're a babe in the woods." I then knew theatre had led me down the right path in my life.
WHAT I'M WORKING ON
Currently commissioned to write a play about Wikileaks- The Story of Julian Assange. Also have just completed 2 comedy TV pilots.
Human Rights, Social Justice, History, Zoom Plays, Radio Plays,Climate, Biography, Musicals, Adaptations, Middle Eastern, Armenian , UK
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