‘Uncle Maroje’: A Play by Marin Drzic
Smaranda Branescu, Costume Designer
Helen Hayes Award nominee Smaranda Branescu has designed costumes for numerous theater productions in the United States and Romania. She has served as costume designer for productions of “Macbeth” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Shakespeare Theatre and Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. In the 1970s, she worked in Romania, designing costumes for performances of Chekhov, Ibsen and Molière at theaters in Iassy and Bucharest.
In 1989, Branescu was nominated twice for a Helen Hayes Award — the most prestigious theater prize in Washington, D.C. The nominations stemmed from her 1988 design work for “Macbeth” at the Shakespeare Theatre and for “Six Characters in Search of an Author” the same year at Arena Stage.
Born in Romania, she earned a master’s degree of fine arts at the George Enescu University of Arts in Romania. She also has taught costume design at Christopher Newport University in Virginia. In addition, Branescu is a painter, who has had art shows in New York City, Washington, D.C., Houston, Romania and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
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