Oana Maria Cajal


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Oana Maria Cajal
About the author

Oana Maria Cajal is an award winning playwright, screenwriter, visual artist and poet. She was born in Bucharest, Romania, and immigrated to the US in 1980. Cajal got an MFA in playwriting from University of California, San Diego. She wrote several plays that were produced in cities across America. (La Jolla,Ca, New York, Providence RI, Hartford CT, Madison WI, Chicago) Among them, "East European Tetralogy", "Berlin/Berlin", "Exchange at Cafe Mimosa", "The enduring legend of Marinka Pinka and Tommy Atomic", "The Almond Seller", "Love in the shadow of the umbrella bamboo, "The inconvenience of being alive," "Waiting for Godot to leave", "The Last Pact". "The Last Pact" was voted by UNITER (Romanian Theatre Union) The Best Play of 2011. The award is sponsored by The Royal House of Romania. Oana is an Alumna of New Dramatists, a former Fulbright and NEA fellow, member of Dramatists Guild of America Inc., Playwrights Guild of Canada, Playwrights Workshop Montreal, UNITER, and UCIN. Publications: "Ten Plays and a Screenplay", "Solenodon", "The Last Pact", "Posters for Unwritten Plays", "Just imagine". Her screenplay for the feature film "THE WHITE GATE" was nominated for “Best screenplay” at the Gopo Awards (the Romanian Oscar) in 2015. Oana returned to graphic arts in 2007 with her volume of Picto poems, “Solenodon”. Solo exhibitions: "SOLENODON", Graphics - 2007, at Cinéma du Parc, Montréal, “POSTERS FOR UNWRITTEN PLAYS", Paintings – 2011, “COHEN UPSTAIRS", Graphics – 2013, "WORKING WITH FENNARIO, STOP AL WARS", Graphics - 2014, at Seagram Gallery-Centaur Theatre, Montreal, “POSTERS FOR UNWRITTEN PLAYS, Picto Impulses - 2015 at La MaMa Galleria, New York, "JUST IMAGINE", Paintings and Picto Impulses - 2015 at Senso Gallery, Bucharest. “SHAKESPEARE AD INFINITUM” SIMULTANEOUS EXHIBITIONS , INTERNATIONAL SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL , Craiova (MARIN SORESCU NATIONAL THEATRE) and Bucharest ( SENSO GALLERY) Oana lives in Montreal with her husband Stefan, their daughter Annya and their pets of different religions, Peticha, Josephine, Dr.Seuss.