Participant Profile

Cristian Ban


A director interested in documentary theater, Ban often begins his process by interviewing community members on topics that provoke the past and look ahead to the future. His recent work, My Parents Were Awesome, was inspired by Romanians born in the 80’s and their parents’ struggles to live and raise children during those difficult times. Ban’s directorial work has been staged at leading theaters in Romania, Spain, Germany, Hungary, Moldova and Turkey and has been awarded numerous prizes.

Ban is very interested in issues of immigration and family dynamics and wanted to work on a project with artists and communities in the U.S. to better understand the role that theater can play.