Dina Vovsi

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"The Inspiration Project"
Pronouns: she / her
Artistic Discipline: TheaterStorytelling
Category: SU-CASA
Grant Year: 2023
Location: Coney Island

Dina Vovsi (she/her/hers) is a New York-based director and theatermaker. Recent projects include EXITS, an audio-theatrical journey through Fort Greene, supported by New Georges and the Brooklyn Arts Council, and Love is… [Kocham Cię], a 2022 Brooklyn Arts Council SU-CASA collaboration with Pete McGuinness Senior Center in Greenpoint. She has directed and developed new work with The Civilians, New Georges, Working Theater, Cape Cod Theatre Project, Dartmouth VoxFest, and more. Dina is a member of the 2022-2024 WP Theater Directors’ Lab, the 2022-2023 Roundabout Directors Group, and The New Georges Jam. With Liba Vaynberg, she is a Working Theater 5 Boroughs 1 City Initiative commission recipient, co-creating a play about the intersection of the Russian-speaking and Pakistani immigrant communities in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. A New Georges Affiliated Artist, Dina was a 2022 Brooklyn Arts Council SU-CASA Grantee, a 2021 Brooklyn Arts Council Grantee, a Robert Moss Directing Fellow at Playwrights Horizons, a member of The Civilians’ R&D Group, the recipient of an SDC Foundation Observership, a member of the Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab, an O’Neill National Directors Fellowship finalist, and a Mass MoCA Assets for Artists Grantee. As an associate/assistant director, Dina has worked on Broadway, off-Broadway, and regionally with Roundabout, Playwrights Horizons, Spoleto Festival USA, WP Theater, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Ma-Yi, and more. Dina is a frequent guest director at universities, working with students at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Long Island University. She currently teaches at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. www.dinavovsi.com

What inspires us? A poem? A song? A painting? A love story? A little girl helping her grandmother? Using works of art and prompts about what inspires us in our lives as human beings, "The Inspiration Project" will create a play through story circles to reflect participants' life experiences and celebrate the joyful and moving moments in our lives.