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Florentina Mocanu-Schendel

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Florentina Mocanu-Schendel was born and raised in Romania. She studied at the People's School of Art in Bucharest and University of Theater Arts in Targu Mures graduating with Diploma in Acting/MFA for theatre and film. She performed for the National Theatre, Comedy Theatre of Bucharest, Romania Film and won several awards for her work. Since moving to the United States, she has worked in theatre and film while completing her education with an MA in Drama from San Francisco State University and a PhD in Drama/Theatre and Performance Studies from Stanford University. She taught acting, directing, dramaturgy, improvisation, and writing for performance at SFSU and Stanford University. Currently she teaches Classical Dramatic Literature at University of San Francisco, while freelancing as an actor, writer, director, choreographer, curator, scholar, and producer. She is co-founder of theatre company Collected Works, and has several projects in development with the independent film company Blue Collar Films. She is a member of the SAG-AFTRA union.


  • MFA for Theatre and Film, University of Theater Arts in Targu Mures
  • Diploma in Acting, People's School of Art in Bucharest
  • MA in Drama, San Francisco State University
  • PhD in Drama/Theatre and Performance Studies, Stanford University

Prior Experience

  • Performer, National Theatre
  • Performer, Comedy Theatre of Bucharest
  • Performer, Romania Film
  • Teacher, San Francisco State University
  • Teacher, Stanford University
  • Co-Founder, Collective Works (theatre company)