Andre Serban is head Oscar Hammerstein 2nd Center for Theater studies at Columbia University. The former director of the Romanian National Theatre, he's been associated with La MaMa E.T.C., The American Repertory Theatre, The Yale Repertory Theatre, The Guthrie Theatre and many other companies. His international work as a director of theatre and opera has won many awards, including an Obie Award, and the Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence.

An excerpt from Steve Capra's interview with Mr. Serban
in Theater Voices

SC: You're known for being very eclectic in your work. How do you keep unity in a production if you're taking elements from different idioms?

AS: Theater should be, as Shakespeare says, the mirror of life - and life as we know it never has unity. It's always in conflict - from one moment to another, there's a paradox. Nothing follows in a predictable line - everything is in contradiction.