For me, optimism is like an “illness”; it is not serious, but I see it as such because I am optimistic without any reason or purpose.

Tania Popa

b. 19.01.1973, Căuşeni, Republica Moldova

Parts at NTB:       

  • Mrs Peachum - "The Threepenny Opera" by Bertolt Brecht, directed by Gelu Colceag, 2024
  • Elizabeth (Lizzy) Luke - "The Welkin" by Lucy Kirkwood, directed by Gelu Colceag, 2022
  • Olga"Matilda and the Grave-makers" by Stela Giurgeanu, directed by Mircea Rusu, 2020
  • "Extra" by Andreas Petrescu, directed by Tania Popa, 2019
  • Liubka - "The Titanic Orchestra" by Hristo Boicev, directed by Felix Alexa, 2018
  • "Magic National", concert - show, directed by Ion Caramitru, 2015
  • Passenger, First woman - "'Terrorism" by Presniakov Brothers, directed by Felix Alexa, 2015
  • "The Girl from the Rainbow" by Lia Bugnar, directed by Lia Bugnar, 2012
  • Margarita Ivanovna Peresvetova - "The Suicide" by Nikolai Erdman, directed by Felix Alexa, 2009
  • Dorina - "My Sexual Life" by Cornel George Popa, directed by Sorin Militaru, 2007
  • Rose -"Dancing at Lughnasa" by Brian Friel, directed by Lynne Parker, 2006
  • Katia - "The Fourth Sister" by Janusz Glowacki, directed by Alexandru Colpacci, 2006
  • Zina - "Heart of Dog" after Michail Bulgakov, directed by Yuriy Kordonskiy, 2005
  • Boske - "Love" by Barta Lajos, directed by Grigore Gonta, 2004
  • The Aggrieved Mother - "Stories from the Forbidden Area" by Svetlana Alexievici, directed by Tudor Tepeneag, 2004
  • Zoe - "A lost Letter" by I.L. Caragiale, directed by Grigore Gonta, 2003
  • Young Woman - "Five Women in Transition", written and directed by Rodica Popescu Bitanescu, 2003
  • Ohatsu - "The Love Suicides at Sonezaki" by Chikamatsu Monzaemon, directed by Alexandru Tocilescu, 2002
  • Didina Mazu - "Carnival Stories" by I.L. Caragiale, directed by Gelu Colceag, 2002
  • Dra Lilly - "Whims at the Union" after I.L. Caragiale, directed by Gelu Colceag, 2002
  • "Richard II" by William Shakespeare, directed by Mihai Maniutiu, 1999
  • Henriette - "The Learned Women" by J.B.P. Molière, directed by Lucian Giurchescu, 1998
  • Natasha - "Night Asylum" by Maxim Gorki, directed by Ion Cojar, 1998
  • Sânziana - "A Handkerchief in the Danube" by Dumitru Radu Popescu, directed by Ion Cojar, 1997
  • "The Man who has seen Death" by Victor Eftimiu, directed by Mihai Manolescu, 1997
  • "The Bacchantes" by Euripide, directed by Mihai Maniutiu, 1997
  • "The Fool Arrives on Time" by Fanus Neagu, directed by George Motoi, 1993
  • "Bucharest, nest of storms" directed by Felicia Dalu, 1993
  • Ondine - "Ondine" by Jean Giraudoux, directed by Horea Popescu, 1994 - debut


Other activities at NTB

Assistant director of the play "Three Sisters", by A.P. Chekov, directed by Yuri Krasovski, 2002                       

Activities outside the NTB 

Theatre parts


Elisabeta Theatre

"Boeing Boeing" by Marc Camoletti, directed by Serban Puiu, 2012

"Don’t Dress for Dinner" by Marc Camoletti, directed by Serban Puiu, 2016

"Guess Who's Calling" by Andreas Petrescu, directed by Tania Popa, 2019

"Anything to Declare?" after Maurice Hennequin and Pierre Veber, directed by Serban Puiu, 2019

Independent Productions

"The Desert Lion" by Mona Radu, directed by Radu Beligan , 2014

"I love you, but not you" by Andreas Petrescu, directed by Gerorge Buzoianu

"The Mistress" by AD Hertz, directed by Armand Calinovici

"Today, not tomorrow" by Andreas Petrescu, directed by Vlad Stanescu, 2019

"Another Kind of Cabaret", directed by Manuela Cara, 2016

"Love Lasts Three Years" by Frederic Beigbeder, directed by Chris Simion

"What we say when we do not talk", text and directed by Chris Simion

Metropolis Theatre
"The Cello Lesson" by Mona Radu, directed by Felix Alexa, 2013
"Pijama Tops" by Mawby Green and Ed Feilbert, directed by Emanuel Parvu, 2009 

Comedy Theatre
“God of Carnage" by Yasmina Reza, directed by Lucian Giurchescu, 2010 

Tandarica Theatre
"Shvejk Galaxy" after Jaroslav Hasek, directed by Alexander Hausvater, 2010 

Very Small Theatre
Her - "Skin and sky", by Dimitre Dinev, directed by Dan Stoica, 2008
"Children of a Lesser God", by Mark Medoff, directed by Cristian Teodor Popescu

George Ciprian Theatre, Buzau
Nevasta - "Stan Patitul", dramatic script after popular texts, directed by Vasile Toma, 2004

National Theatre Timisoara
"Full Monty", directed by Razvan Mazilu, 2011
"Athene Palace Hotel", text and direction by Alexander Hausvater, 2006
"Tanta and Costel", by Ion Baiesu

Constantin Nottara Theatre
"Be Sensible, Christofor" by Aurel Baranga, directed by Diana Lupescu, 2007
"Midnight pool", by Peter Karvas, directed by Grigore Gonta, "My theatre" Company's production.

Small Theatre:
Clarice, Buba, A Clown - "The Love of three Oranges", by Carlo Gozzi, directed by Nona Ciobanu, 1994

Ion Creanga Theatre
Miranda - "The Tempest" by William Shakespeare, directed by Cornel Todea, 1994

Lucia Sturdza Bulandra Theatre
Ismena - "Antigone", by Sophocles, directed by Alexandru Tocilescu, 1993 - debut


Parts in movies
"Beyond the Hills", directed by Cristian Mungiu, 2012
"Ana, mon amour", directed by Calin Peter Netzer, 2017
"America, Here We Come", directed by Razvan Savescu, 2014
"Child Miner", directed by Alexandra Gulea, 2013
"Child’s Pose", directed by Calin Peter Netzer, 2013
"Tales from the Golden Age", directed by Cristian Mungiu, 2009
"4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days", directed by Cristian Mungiu, 2007
Ileana - "Craftsmen", directed by Andrei Boncea, 2006 - 2007
Mrs Iorga - "Offset", directed by Didi Danquart, 2006
Ana - "The Detonator", directed by Po-Chih Leong, 2006
Valentina - "The Marksman", directed by Marcus Adams, 2005
"What a Happy World", directed by Malvina Ursianu, 2003
Mihaela - "Occident", directed by Cristian Mungiu, 2002
Emilia - "Bed of Procust", directed by Sergiu Prodan and Viorica Mesina, 2001
"Everyday God Kisses Us on the Mouth", directed by Sinisa Dragin, 2001
"A Long journey by train", directed by Sinişa Dragin, 1997
"Direct Broadcast from Paradise", directed by Cornel Diaconu, 1997
"Too Late", directed by Lucian Pintilie, 1996
"Terente - king of swamp", directed by Andrei Blaier, 1995
"Nobody lives here anymore", directed by Malvina Urşianu, 1995
"Scales", directed by Lucian Pintilie, 1992


"The Professionals", directed by Radu Grigore, 2006
"Aunt Florica", directed by Florin Calinescu, 2012
"Even Millionaires Weep", directed by Razvan Savescu, 2009
"Money to give, money to take back", directed by Alexandru Tocilescu, 2004
"Farewell, Europe", directed by Tudor Marascu


Short films 
"Fir cone", 2003



Academy of Theatrical and Cinematic Arts, Bucharest, class of 1994, coordinated by Grigore Gonta

Awards and nominalizations

  • The order of "Cultural Merit", 2nd grade, 2004
  • The award of the Filmmakers' Union, for best female part in "Nobody lives here anymore", 1996
  • The award "Silvia Popovici", for the Ondine part - "Ondine" by Jean Giraudoux, 1995
  • First Prize for the part of Tanta - "Tanta and Costel" - Young Actor's Gala, Costinesti, 1995
  • Award for best female part - "Hunchbacks' hoax", Cheerfulness' Festival, Bucharest, 1994
  • Award for best female part - "Hunchbacks' hoax", the International Festival of Theatre, Sibiu, 1993
  • Award for female interpretation - "Hunchbacks' hoax", Casablanca, Maroc, 1993
  • "The Flame" magazine's prize - Young hopes, Bucharest, 1991
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