The Andrei Şerban Traveling Academy is a unique initiative providing young Romanian actors with open space to experiment, learn, and explore their creative capacities both in Romania and abroad. The Traveling Academy endeavors to bring the artistic energies of writers, actors, and directors together within a laboratory-like setting, under the innovative guidance of prominent director and inspiring teacher Andrei Şerban.
The Andrei Serban Traveling Academy was launched in 2007 at the initiative of Corina Şuteu, the director of the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York. It has become a framework program of the Romanian Cultural Institute, gathering for each edition a diverse range of partners in Romania and the U.S. The Academy has been conceived as a laboratory for young actors in Romania, allowing them to "evade from what one already knows and reinvent oneself from scratch," as one of the participating actors referred to his work in the Academy’s workshops.
Conceived and launched under Romanian-American auspices, the Andrei Şerban Traveling Academy debuted in July 2007 in Romania, with a workshop developed around Deadly Confession, a nonfiction novel written by Tatiana Niculescu Bran. Gathered in the remote Transylvanian village of Plopi near Cluj, a group of thirteen actors have been working together with Andrei Şerban and Tatiana Niculescu Bran in developing Deadly Confession into a theatre piece. Their creative journey took them later from that reclusive setting to the bustle of New York, where, for a three-week workshop hosted by La MaMa E.T.C. The American journey culminated on October 1, 2007 with a public performance of the resulting work-in-progress at La MaMa Theatre, and subsequent tours of the production in Romania, Poland and France.
New generations of the Academy gathered in 2009 and 2011 in Romania and the U.S.
1st edition: 2007: Plopi, Romania & New York City Actors Csilla Albert, Richard Balint, Ionuţ Caraş, Ramona Dumitrean, Cristian Grosu, Cătălin Herlo, Cristina Holtzli, Silvius Iorga, Nora Labancz, Mara Opriş, Florentina Ţilea, and Andrea Tokai
2nd edition: 2009: New York Actors Ioana Barbu, Andreea Bibiri, Lia Bugnar, Boris Gaza, Radu Iacoban, Marius Manole, Maria Obretin, Liliana Pana, Ioana Pavelescu, and Matei Rotaru, and visual artist Matei Branea
3rd edition: 2011: Ipoteşti, Romania Actors Cosmin Andrei Bighei, Alexandru Bumbas, Dan Codreanu, Ana Covalciuc, Eugeniu Cozma, Alexandru Eugen Cristea, Irina Drăgănescu, Oana Dragnea, Iulia Feraru, Cezar Grumăzescu, Ilinca Hărnuț, Dorin Eugen Ionescu, Ioana Manciu, Rodica Munteanu, Silvana Negruțiu, Eliza Păuna, Rozana Radu, Gabriel Sandu, Renate Marisenta Annemone Storch, Horia Sergiu Săvescu, Bogdan Paul Toader, Ana Turos, Pavel Ulici, Elena Vasilache, Valentina Zaharia, Mădălina Anea, Adriana Raluca Bordeanu, Ioana Calotă, Mara Căruțașu, Andrada Corlat, George Albert Costea, Brândușa Draghici, Anca Florescu, Oana Letiția Grigore, Anca Ioana Iliese, Ovidiu Ivan, Raluca Lupan, Ion Radu Lupu, Axel Moustache, Vlad Musteață, Mirela Nistor, Ana Adelaida Perjoiu, Ingrid Elena Robu, Dragoș Spahiu, Ninel Surdu, Ana Tkacenko, Corneliu Ulici, Dan Ursu, Silvian Vâlcu, Dragoș Andronie, Ioana Anastasia Anton, Aida Avieritei, Balazs Bodolai, Victor Bucur, Răsvana Cernat, Dan Clucinschi, Iulia Colan, Diana Croitoru, Deborah Irene Feldman, Andreea Gaica, Claudia Glodeanu, Mihaela Iancu, Laura Ilica, Ionuț Kivu, Nicoleta Lefter, Ana Ioana Macarie, Marius Manole, Raluca Mara, Mihaela Mihăescu, Ana Mihaela Nicolae, Maria Obretin, Răzvan Penescu, Simona Popescu, Silviu Ruști, Anda Saltelechi, Alexandru Sinca, Rareș Stoica, Istvan Teglas, Olga Diana Torok, Irina Ungureanu, and visual artist Mircea Cantor.
4th edition: 2012: Mogoşoaia, Romania First session (July 8 - 14): Monica Andronescu, Ioana Anastasia Anton, Victor Bucur, Adriana Bordeanu, Mara Căruţaşu, Răzvana Cernat, Dan Codreanu, Ana Covalciuc, Alexandra Fasolă, Alexandra Felseghi, Alex Gherman, Corina Grămoşteanu, Eniko Gyorgyjakab, Andrei Huţuleac, Ana Ioana Macaria, Marius Manole, Camelia Maxim, Alexandru Mâzgăreanu, Axel Moustache, Silvana Negruţiu, Mihai Niţă, Maria Obretin, Iany Panait, Rozana Radu, Iris Spiridon, Eugenia Şarvari, Alexandru Ştefănescu, Istvan Teglas, Corneliu Ulici, Pavel Ulici, Valentina Zaharia. Second session (July 15 - 21): Emilia Bebu, Cosmin Andrei Bighei, Răzvan Penescu, Balasz Bodolai, Iulia Colan, Andrada Corlat, Anca Constantin, George Albert Costea, Eugen Cozma, Vlad Cristache, Dragoş Dumitru, Cristina Giurgea, Cezar Grumăzescu, Mihaela Iancu, Ioan Andrei Ionescu, Raluca Lupan, Sandra Mavhima, Ioana Manciu, Mihaela Mihăescu, Irina Moscu, Liliana Pană, Eliza Păuna, Bobi Pricop, Ingrid Elena Robu, Anda Saltelechi, Alex. Sincă, Florin Rareş Stoica, Cosmina Stratan, Ana Tkacenko, Dan Ursu, Silvian Vâlcu, Cătălin Vieru, Laura Maria Vlădoiu.