Milena Berestko will participate in the Encounters

Milena Berestko, Lafayette College, will participate in the Encounters – an international festival of theater schools organized by JAMU, Brno.

Milena Berestko, Lafayette College

Milena Berestko, Lafayette College (Major in Theatre and Psychology), is one of two winners of the 2022 Contest for the Best Mini-Drama with her play entitled Do Immigrants Dream of Designer Babies? The play is a dystopian poetic image of a near future when parenthood is under state control. In its dark shadows, there is a desire to maintain values, a desire to keep life going.

Milena will participate in the Encounters, an international festival of theater schools organized by the Janacek Academy of Performing Arts in Brno in the Spring of 2023. The uniqueness of this festival with more than twenty-five years of tradition lies in the fact that the main organizers are students themselves.

Milena Berestko graduated from Lafayette College with a B.A. in psychology and theatre, and a minor concentration in women, gender and sexuality studies. Berestko strives toward social change and abolishing racial legacies through psychological research, art politics, writing, and direct action. Her organizing efforts in college led her to co-create the Dear Lafayette Coalition, which advocates for equity for BIPOC communities in the Lehigh Valley, and UndocuFund, a scholarship for undocumented students and DACA recipients who cannot depend on federal aid. Her other plays include Kintsugi (2018) and good kid, m.A.A.d city (2022). Berestko is currently working on a dystopian novel speculating on the societal impact of mass-employing CRISPR-gene editing and implementing a parental license law.

You can learn more about her work at

You can read Milena Berestko’s winning play Do Immigrants Dream of Designer Babies? here.

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