Gianina Carbunariu (born 9.08.1977) - Director playwright, based in Bucharest. Manager of Teatrul Tineretului and curator of the Theatre Festival in Piatra Neamț, Romania, since 2017. She works in the Romanian independent scene and also collaborates with state theatre such as National Theatre in Sibiu, Mic Theatre or Odeon Theatre in Bucharest. As a director and playwright she also collaborated with Centro Dramatico Nacional Madrid, Kammerspiele Theatre in Munich, Emilia Romagna Teatro from Bologna, Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, Royal Court London, Schaubuhne Berlin, Volkstheater Vienna. Her performances were presented in the official selection of Avignon Festival (2014, Solitaritate), Wiener Festwochen 2016, Biennale of New Plays from Wiesbaden, TransAmerique Festival from Montreal, International Theatre Festival from Liege, New Drama Festival in Moscow, Dialog in Wroclav, Kontakt Festival in Torun, Konfrontacje Festival in Lublin, New Drama in Budapest, LIFT festival in London, Mladi Levi Festival in Liubliana, Divadelna Nitra, HAU in Berlin, Trafo Budapest, National Theatre of Bruxelles etc. Her plays were translated and staged by other directors in Europe, SUA, Canada, Japan and published by Actes Sud in France, Oberon Books London (the play Kebab) , Martin E. Segal Theatre Publications, Theater der Zeit.
The performances of Gianina Cărbunariu start from research through interviews or in different archives and are developed together with the artistic team in the rehearsals. The fictional scenario and the performance are built in the same time in this meeting of different perspectives on the realities of nowadays or on topics concerning the recent past.