Ion-Cosmin Chivu has been recognized as an outstanding vital force in the theatre world and has received multiple awards for his work. He is a New York based theater director born in Romania and has directed over fifty professional and university productions in America, Austria, England, Germany, Greece, Italy, Romania, and Thailand. One of his recent projects 'The Mutilated' by Tennessee Williams was nominated for the 2014 Drama League Awards in the Best Revival category and was the New York Times and Time Out critic's pick. Other projects include ‘Beautiful Province’ by Clarence Coo, winner of the 2012 Yale New Drama Series, presented at Lincoln Center Theater 3, Irwin Shaw's 'Bury the Dead' at HERE Arts Center and at the 2014 Sibiu International Festival, and 'Something Cloudy, Something Clear' by Tennessee Williams produced by the Provincetown TW Festival. In America Cosmin directed over 30 plays in New York City (Lincoln Center, Cherry Lane, The Actors Studio, HERE Arts Center, UBU Rep, The Players), Massachusetts (The Provincetown T. Williams Festival, KO Festival), California, and New Jersey. He is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio and a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. Cosmin has completed Artist Residency programs with the Drama League, SDC, and the Jack O’Brien fellowship at the Old Globe, San Diego. He is the founder of InterArt Theatre Group.
Ion-Cosmin Chivu is currently the Head of BA Acting and Directing, International Performance Ensemble at Pace University Performing Arts, NYC. In addition to the Theater courses he teaches at Pace, in recent months Cosmin also taught Master Classes on Acting, Improvisation, Directing styles, and European Drama at the Actors Studio Drama School, London's Central School of Speech and Drama, Tisch School at NYU, the University of Hawaii, Theatre of Changes - Athens, Greece, and Chulalongkorn University- Bangkok, Thailand. He is actively involved in developing new work and in translating contemporary European plays for an American audience. For four years he has been developing new plays in the Actors Studio’s Playwriting Directing workshop.
Since 2012 Chivu has been the host of The Masters Series at Schimmel Center for the Arts, a public conversation with well-established, outstanding artists.
He holds a Masters in Theatre Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School, New School, NYC and a BFA in Acting from the G. Enescu Art Academy, Romania.