Born in Queens, NY in the U.S. on Munsee Lenape and Matinecock land, C. Meranda Flachs-Surmanek (they/them/theirs) is working toward a future where creativity and care are part of our social fabric. They are a civically-engaged artist, theater maker, urban planner, and skilled facilitator who utilizes creative and healing-centered strategies to spark dialogue, evaluation, or reflection. They specialize in documentary theater, facilitates community-based story projects, and holds space for healing-centered dialogue.
Their dual-degree master’s in Urban & Regional Planning and Theatre’s Directing & Public Dialogue programs is a first of its kind endeavor at Virginia Tech explores how theater and creative connection can help communities heal from the pandemic and the injustices and challenges it magnified. They acknowledge their Diasporic Ashkenazi Jewish lineage as a primary motivator of their aesthetic process and longings for liberation.
C. Meranda Flachs-Surmanek creates interactive installations and performances from scratch combining fact and fiction, and often incorporating real people's stories. Their facilitation style blends serious play, healing, liberatory frameworks, and big dreaming. They dream wild dreams with Streaks of Lavender, a queer collective of artists building ourstory.