Cristina Bejan

Cristina Bejan

Historian. Theatre Artist. Writer.

Cristina Bejan is an academic, artist and author based in Raleigh, NC. Her theatre work has been produced in the USA, the UK, Romania and Vanuatu. She is the author of the hit show DISTRICTLAND which sold out at CAPITALFringe '14 and was being made into a TV series, featured in the Washington Post.

Bejan's newest play LADY GODIVA appeared as a Work in Progress at Source Theatre as part of the Mead Theatre Lab Program in Washington DC on February 8, 2016 at 7.30pm to a SOLD-OUT house. 

Bejan's play "Finally Quiet In My Head" had an extremely successful US premiere at the DC Black Theatre Festival, June 20 and 21, 2015 at the Anacostia Arts Center in Washington DC. The play was invited to appear at the Kennedy Center on September 5, 2015 as part of the #Page2Stage Festival. Bejan and her work have just been featured in the Northwestern University Weinberg College Magazine

In December 2013 Bejan and Rucsandra Pop founded Bucharest Inside the Beltway, DC's new culture and arts collective. BiB's work has already been featured in the   Huffington Post, Washington Post, American Prospect, Dilema VecheHotNews.RO and Radio Romania Actualitati

You can reach Cristina Bejan and Bucharest Inside the Beltway at bucharestinsidethebeltway at


Cristina Bejan is an historian, theatre artist, and writer based in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she works in education and theatre. She is the Founding Executive Director of Bucharest Inside the Beltway. Currently a lecturer at Duke University, Bejan has also had professional appointments at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Woodrow Wilson Center, Georgetown University, UNC-Greensboro and Wake Technical Community College. She has authored one book (Intellectuals and Fascism in Interwar Bucharest: The Criterion Association published by Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) 64 articles and the African continent introduction foor USHMM's Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos Vol III published by Indiana University Press, 2017), 14 plays and numerous essays and poems. For a photo montage of her theatre work over the past ten years, please scroll below. Selected play titles by Bejan include: Districtland, Colombo Calling – a play from Sri Lanka, To Those Who Haven’t Stopped Thinking and In Search of Couches. Two of her plays (Finally Quiet in My Head and Etrangere) were selected as finalists in the Oxford University Dramatic Society New Writing Festival and Buchenwald has been published in Romania. As a historian, she has published and organized and/or participated in conferences on topics such as totalitarianism, fascism, communism, Roma rights, the Holocaust, European History, US Civil Rights and Theatre. Bejan is a Rhodes Scholar, Fulbright Scholar and Oxford DPhil (PhD). A dual citizen of Romania and the USA, she grew up in North Carolina and after a decade of wandering the globe now considers NC home. Bejan is an advocate for NAMI DC, a member of the DC RAINN Speakers’ Bureau and a volunteer for Activate Good. She is a very active member of the Romanian community in Washington DC and North Carolina, has produced many successful cultural events at the Romanian Embassy to the United States and is honored to serve on the Advisory Board of Alianta The Romanian-American Alliance. Bejan has also directed for the theatre and film in the US, UK, Romania and Vanuatu: DC credits include Zalmoxis (Georgetown), The Journals of Mihail Sebastian (WWC) and Dirty Laundry (Ticket to Bollywood). Bejan served as the creative consultant for Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest directed by Lila Neugebauer at the 2014 Williamstown Theatre Festival.  As an actress, she has trained at Interlochen, Northwestern University and DC's Studio Theatre. She has worked at Burning Coal Theatre and performed in countless productions since childhood. A Krishnamurti enthusiast Bejan is a certified Yoga Instructor and integrates yoga, movement, dance and meditation into her rehearsals. She also is passionate about sound design and dramaturgy. In addition to the press listed above, Bejan's theatre work has been featured in Evenimentul Zilei and Observator Cultural. In her creative career, Bejan is honored to have worked with such distinguished theatre artists as Maia Morgenstern, Isabela Neamtu, Lou Stein, Henry Goodman and Rosamund Pike. She has also had the pleasure of producing plays to sponsor such causes as the LiteracyLab DC, International Medical Corps, Ovidiu Rom and UNIFEM. From 2005-2008 She was the Aristic Director of Théâtre Fille de Chambre, a 'feminine' theatre company in Oxford, UK. Bejan also developed and directed Ol Woman Naoia, a collaborative production with female artists in the South Pacific archipelago Vanuatu about women’s rights and empowerment. Out of the success of that project she was approached by the World Bank to write plays for development for the northern islands of Vanuatu. Instead she chose the rat-race over island fever and returned to the northern hemisphere to teach at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service.

“As soon as I give up despair, I feel the urge, the overwhelming desire to create.” 

– Eugène Ionesco

"Begin where you are."




Cristina Bejan's acting headshot in 2004, as a Theatre and Philosophy undergraduate at Northwestern University, Illinois, USA.


Henry Goodman and Rosamund Pike in Brian Friel's "Performances" directed by Lou Stein. Assistant directed by Cristina Bejan. July 2006, Wilton's Music Hall, London.


Cristina Bejan as a Fulbright scholar in Sibiu, Romania in 2007 the year the Transylvanian city was the European Capital of Culture


Maia Morgenstern performing the role of Varthini Balakrishnan and Pavel Barsan as Karthi Tissainayagam in "Colombo Calling - a play from Sri Lanka" written by Cristina Bejan, directed by Alexandru Miahil, Museo Cafe and Teatrul Foarte Mic, July 2008, Bucharest, Romania.


Josie Jackson as Leipakoa in "Ol Woman Naoia: tri blong hanred plis" a play about and written by women in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Directed by Cristina Bejan. Performed at Club Vanuatu and Vanuatu Amateur Theatrical Society (VATS). April and May 2010, the South Pacific.


Spring 2011, Cristina Bejan with Adrian Tudorache of the Romanian Embassy to the United States after the success of the first of many cultural events produced by Cristina at the Romanian Embassy, Washington DC.


Anika Harden as Zalmoxis in Lucian Blaga's "Zalmoxis" Devine Studio Theatre, Georgetown University, May 2011. Directed by Cristina Bejan, Washington DC.


Dan Istrate as Sebastian in "The Journals of Mihail Sebastian" by David Auburn, directed by Cristina Bejan, Woodrow Wilson Center, September 2011, Washington DC.


Aaren Keith as Maria, Andrew Quilpa as Frank and Russell Simon as Afghani Cabbie in DISTRICTLAND written by Cristina Bejan, performed at Redrum Theatre, Capital Fringe Festival 2014, July 2014, Washington DC.


Cristina Bejan (creative consultant) and the cast of Caryl Chuchill's "Mad Forest" directed by Lila Neuberger, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, Summer 2014.


Bucharest Inside the Beltway's codirectors Rucsandra Pop and Cristina Bejan read the community poem at the BiB DC-inspired slam poetry event "In Poetry We Trust" in Bucharest, Romania, August 2, 2014.


Miles Folley, Andrew Quilpa and Kathleen Mason in Saviana Stanescu's "For a Barbarian Woman" directed by Cristina Bejan, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Inaugural Alianta Awards Gala October 2, 2014. Washington DC.


Cristina Bejan in her 'Ie' (Romanian blouse) performing her original spoken word poetry in English and Romanian at Pure Lounge, 14th St. #PurePoetry, Washington DC.


Muslima Musawwir (Morgan) and Christopher Akinbuwa (Gerard) in "Finally Quiet In My Head" by Cristina Bejan, Anacostia Arts Center, June 20-21, 2015. US Premiere in the DC Black Theatre Festival. Bejan one of 8 featured playwrights in DCBTF.


Bejan's newest play LADY GODIVA had its world premiere February 8, 2016 at Source Theatre on 14th St. in DC as a "Work in Progress" in Mead Theatre Lab's 2015-2016 Season. Directed by Star Johnson, Performed by Muslima Musawwir. 


DARKSIDE by Tom Stoppard at Burning Coal Theatre in Raleigh, NC, October 2017 sound designed by Bejan


ECLIPSED by Danai Gurira produced by Cristina Bejan and directed by Michele Okoh, performed at the Durham Fruit and Produce Company, July and August 2018 as part of the Women's Theatre Festival.



To read more about Bejan's plays, please visit New Play Exchange