'I interviewed Alina at the Barvalipe Summer Camp in Budapest in summer 2011. Her voice is a confirmation of the existence of a new generation of engaged young Romani women claiming space for their identity. The message of her career achievements and the values she brings from her community give belief to many hopeless Romani women'. - Katalin Barsony, Managing Director, Romedia Foundation
Alina was born to a family of Roma/Gypsies in Romania and overcame tremendous hardships to achieve her current status, as a 2009 graduate of the Drama School in The National University for Performing Arts in Bucharest, Romania. In the 2009 spring semester Alina studied at The Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. The American experience was for Alina a real eye-opener to methods and information unavailable in Romanian drama schools. In summer 2010, she played Marina in UK's Parabbola production of "Pericles, Prince of Tyre," for the Gdansk Shakespeare Festival, in Poland, under the direction of Philip Parr.
In spring 2011, Alina premiered her one-woman show based on her life story as a Roma child facing poverty and discrimination in Romania, and received positive coverage from AFP, AP and domestic media. In the fall of 2011 she will go study at postgraduate level at the Royal Academy for Dramatic Art, in London.