Gianina Cărbunariu (born 1977) is a director and a playwright, initiator of the dramAcum project in 2001, an independent project for developing and producing Romanian contemporary drama.
She has been invited with her own independent productions to different theatre festivals such as the London International Festival of Theatre, Dialog Festival in Wroclaw, Festival TransAmeriques (Montreal), Nitra Festival, Mladi Levi (Ljubljana), Biennale New Plays (Wiesbaden) and New Drama (Moscow).
Her scenarios were translated and produced by the Royal Court Theatre in London, the Schaubühne Berlin and the Münchener Kammerspiele. They have also been performed in different theatres in France, Poland, Turkey, Belgium, Greece, Japan, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Denmark, Germany, Hungary and Austria. For the last 4 years, her performances have been based on topics from the Romanian recent history. While her productions are not documentary theatre, she often uses interviews to document certain things or information found in archives. In 2010, she directed the performance "Sold Out" at Münchener Kammerspiele, a play about the selling of Romanian citizens with German roots to West Germany by the communist regime.