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.
I like to explore the space between p and q ad infinitum. Language alone limits our thoughts. I look for a relationship between context and the way the text looks on a page. Intuitively, I cannot write without drawing, It is the same to me. Both tell stories. And locating those in-between places that can tell a story better is my aim. Explorations and evaporations of the written word. Mad monologues which allow the mind to wander. Hallucinatory worlds that translate in flesh. Just as the audience is one with the art they are witnessing, I believe that the text is one with the story it is telling. So why not let the text swell with pride, burn with color and freeze with temperature?
LINKS TO PROJECTS
A play about the life and Times of Howard Zinn (London Production, 2019)
#LondonBianca - A project dedicated to iPhone art
London Gallery Representation: Hansford & Sons
"London Under Water" Originals on Saatchi Site for Sale
Producing film scripts with a focus on literary works
A Halloween children's book with a relevant message