Romanian theatre designer. Between 1951 and 1986, Mioara Buescu designed more than seventy shows produced by Țăndarică Puppet Theatre (today, Teatrul de animaţie Ţăndărică). Among these are: Elefănțelul curios (The Curious Little Elephant, 1963) by Nina Cassian, directed by Ștefan Lenkisch, in which the objects that make up the set play an ironic counterpoint to the main character; Cele trei neveste ale lui Don Cristobal (The Three Wives of Don Cristobal) by Valentin Silvestru after Federico García Lorca, directed by Margareta Niculescu, for which Buescu created a transformable set; Cabarettissimo (1969), directed by Margareta Niculescu and Ștefan Lenkisch, in which Buescu experimented with new forms of puppets and puppet manipulation; Don Quixote (1979), directed by Ștefan Lenkisch, with expressionist puppets; and for the innovative productions of Irina Niculescu, Frumoasele Pasiuni Electrice (Electric Passions, 1980), Petrouchka (Petrushka), and Renard (1982), Buescu designed very small rod marionettes.

She created theatre designs for director Irina Niculescu in Belgium, Canada, Poland, Norway, and Switzerland, where her talent was highly appreciated. She also designed shows produced in Egypt, Germany, and Denmark.

Mioara Buescu’s work as a set designer was spectacular and richly inventive. There was humour in her work, and an ironic distance was evoked that was invariably very tender. In her puppet designs she created unforgettable portraits that expressed a deep humanity.

(See Romania.)