Cezary Tomaszewski

Choreographer, director, and performer, Tomaszewski studied Theatre Studies at the Warsaw Academy of Theatre Arts and Choreography at the Brucknerkonservatorium Linz in Austria. A graduate of a music school, he honed his vocal skills with the Choir of the Wielki Theatre in Warsaw over 15 years. His works include a his own version of Franz Lehár’s Wesoła Wdówka / The Merry Widow (best young director and the best off production of 2009 in Vienna) and the acclaimed music productions by Capella Cracoviensis, including m.m.m. bar.okowa uczta with Monteverdi’s madrigals, Naturzyści / Naturists songs of Mendelssohn, Karaoke sakralne. Mozart Requiem / Sacred Karaoke. Mozart Requiem, Piosenki miłości i śmierci / Songs of Love and Death Brahms’s German Requiem, as well as operas, including Gluck’s Orfeo and Eurydice, Haendel’s Amadigi di Gaula, and Moniuszko’s Halka. He has also worked in theatre drama on Wesele według Wesela / Wedding based on Wedding (for the Jan Kochanowski Theatre in Opole), Żołnierz królowej Madagaskaru / Soldier of the Queen of Madagascar (for the Wojciech Bogusławski Theatre in Kalisz), Kto nas odwiedzi / Who will Visit Us (for the OCH-Teatr in Warsaw), Jan Peszek. Podwójne solo / Jan Peszek. Double Solo (for the National Stary Theatre in Kraków), Gdyby Pina nie paliła to by żyła / If Pina Hadn’t Smoked, She Would Be Alive (for the Jerzy Szaniawski Dramatic Theatre in Wałbrzych), Cezary idzie na wojnę / Cezary Goes to War (Komuna/Warszawa) and My stay’s almost over and I’m still alone (J. Słowacki Theatre). His proprietary designs were used by Austrian and Swiss theatres.

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Jerzy Zoń

Co-founder, artistic and managing director of the KTO Theatre (since 1978).

Founder, artistic and managing director of the ULICA (STREET) International Street Theatre Festival in Krakow (since 1987). Between 1974 and 1980, he was an actor at the STU Theatre, playing in the legendary productions of Krzysztof Jasinski, including Sennik polski, Exodus, Pacjenci and Operetka. From 1988 to 1992, the managing and artistic director of the C. K. Norwid Theatre in Jelenia Góra.

Zoń is the creator of the characteristic non-verbal theatre language which became the trademark of the KTO Theatre and the source of its international successes. Screenwriter, director and producer of grand outdoor shows and international theatre projects. Creator of several dozen stage performances, including Paradis, The Mirror, The Edifice, I’ll Sell the House in Which I Can Live No More, Chorus of Orphans and some of the most emblematic street performances in Polish theatre, such as The Tower of Babel, The Fragrance of Time, The Blind and Peregrinus which have been shown over 800 times during festivals around the world.

Among his most important and at the same time the largest open-air productions in Poland are Cantata – the Millenium New Year Eve (broadcasted by the BBC to more than 120 countries) and Hello Mr. Jo for the French theatre Jo Bithume (15,000 spectators).

Zoń was awarded, amongst others, the Silver Cross of Merit and the Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis.

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Director of the show: The Blind

Jędrzej Piaskowski

Theatre director, graduate of the Directing Department at the Alexander Zelwerowicz Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw. He also studied musicology at the University of Warsaw (2007–2012). Currently he is a student of painting at the Faculty of Art, the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice. The prize winner at the 5th Young Directors Forum in Krakow (2015), where he was awarded the grand prize from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage for his production Versus for the New Theatre in Poznań. His performance Puppenhaus. Treatment (TR Warsaw 2016/17) was awarded the Grand Prix at the 13th Festival of Polish Contemporary Plays R@port in Gdynia. He collaborates with the dramatist Hubert Sulima on a permanent basis. Together they created: Paradise: Tutorial (J. Szaniawski Drama Theatre in Wałbrzych 2017), David Is Going to Israel (TR Warsaw and the Polin Museum 2018), A. Czekhov's Three Sisters (J. Osterwa Theatre in Lublin 2018), Jesus (New Theatre in Warsaw 2019), Natural History (H.Ch.Andersen Theatre in Lublin 2019), On the Niemen (J. Osterwa Theatre in Lublin 2020). They also collaborated on the Survival Diary online miniseries (Zagłębie Theatre in Sosnowiec 2020). His productions are presented at home and foreign festivals. Both critics and audience appreciate him for his originality, courage and consistency in searching for his own language of theatrical expression.

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Fot. Wojtek Sobolewski

Director of the show: On the Niemen

Katarzyna Kalwat

Director, whose interdisciplinary activity can be placed among theatre, visual arts, opera and language studies. She studied psychology at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and directing at the Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw. Scholarship holder of the French Government and Cité internationale des arts Foundation in Paris. Winner of many awards, including Grand Prix of the 22nd National Competition for Staging Contemporary Polish Plays. She has developed her skills by participating in workshops, e.g. in Thalia Theater in Hamburg and the Berlin Volksbühne. Her recent works are dominated by reflection on the relation between language and reality with special emphasis on the possibility of investigating language, its inner limitations and performative power. In her work she looks at shifts, games, repetitions and polysemy. She always starts from the personal and private.
Some of her recent productions include: Rechnitz. Opera – The Exterminating Angel (TR Warsaw, Warsaw Autumn Festival 2018), Staff Only (Biennale Warszawa 2019), Grotowski Non Fiction (Contemporary Theatre in Wrocław 2019), as well as performative installations such as Robert Walser: I Would Prefer Not To (Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Arts 2018), Maria Klassenberg. Ecstasies (Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Arts, TR Warsaw 2019). Her last project on the borders of fields is a retrospective exhibition of Maria Klassenberg's works at Raster Gallery (Raster Gallery 2020).

 

Director of the show: Returning to Reims

Dominika Knapik

Choreographer, dancer, and actress. A graduate of the AST Academy of Theatre Arts in Kraków. Holder of scholarships from the prestigious DanceWeb Europe programme, Art Stations Foundation in 2007, ArtsLink in 2009 (Dance New Amsterdam, NY), the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in 2011 and of artistic residence programmes, notably at the Tanzhaus Düsseldorf. In 2008 she set up the Harakiri Farmers art collective with Wojtek Klimczyk, as part of which she completed several interdisciplinary projects. In 2012 she organised and curated the New Dance in the Old Kraków Festival and cooperated with Kraków Theatre Reminiscences as dance curator. She works as choreographer for Polish and foreign dramatic theatres, and also runs projects in dance (such as Testament Optymisty/ An Optimist’s Last Will at the Łaźnia Nowa Theatre), film (There), drama (Bang Bang, Stefan Jaracz Theatre in Łódź), and theatre-and-dance (Popołudnie Fauna/ Afternoon of a Faun at the Rozrywki Theatre in Chorzów (2017) and Obóz Katarakta/ The Cataract Camp at the Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Kraków (2017). Characteristic of Knapik’s style, focused on strongly formalised everyday gestures, is her sense of humour and free drawing from various arts. In 2015 she was nominated for the Passport Award of Polityka weekly in the category of Theatre, and two years later she won The Golden Mask for the choreography for Leni Riefenstahl. Epizody niepamięci/ Leni Riefenstahl. Oblivion Episodes.

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Fot. Wolfgang Macher

Director of the show: Agon

Marcin Liber

He began his adventure with the theatre as an actor of the Travel Agency Theatre. Simultaneously he collaborated as actor, scriptwriter and director with other alternative theatre companies in Poznań: the Body Snatchers Theatre and the legendary Theatre of the Eighth Day. The latter ensemble became the subject of his 2019 performance Oh, Haven't They Lived in Dignity in Warsaw's Powszechny Theatre. He also collaborated with the Polish Dance Theatre, where he performed as an actor and directed a dance performance Dancing Hz (2002) and Wedding. Afterparty (2017). In 1996 he began an independent theatre activity by creating the monodrama Autophobia. Four years later together with Wojciech Wiński he founded the Mouth-to-Mouth Theatre and subsequently began to manage its Warsaw branch 2xU. During this time he made outdoor and site-specific performances, such as Slaughterhouse lilac-rose (2003), Erosion (2004) or Sympathy for the Devil (2005). Soon the best drama stages in Poland wanted to work with him: the Contemporary Theatre in Szczecin (ID 2008, How Elephants Die 2015), Drama Theatre in Wałbrzych (For God's Sake! 2013), Modejska Theatre in Legnica (III Furies 2011, for which Liber was awarded the “Konrad's Laurel”), National Old Theatre in Krakow (The Old Woman Sits Waiting 2015), Polish Theatre in Wrocław (Media Medea 2015), Wybrzeże Theatre (Fahrenheit 451 2016), Polish Theatre in Bydgoszcz (The Wedding 2013), Łaźnia Nowa Theater (Fuck... Revolt Scenes 2017) or Ludowy Theatre in Krakow (Conspiracy of Silence 2019). His versatile theatrical experiences as an actor, dramatist and set designer gained in various theatrical milieus have made Marcin Liber one of the most interesting contemporary directors.

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Fot. Natalia Kabanow

Magda Szpecht

Theatre artist, author of installations and performances. Graduate of the Directing Department at the Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Krakow and prior to this of Journalism and Social Communications at Wrocław University. The director of dolphin_who_loved_me, which won the main prize at 100º Berlin Festival. She created such performances as The Possibility of an Island (TR Warsaw 2015), The Last Animals (Łaźnia Nowa Theatre 2017), Schubert: Romantic Composition for Twelve Performers and String Quartet (Drama Theatre in Wałbrzych 2016), which was awarded at the 22nd National Competition for Staging Contemporary Polish Plays and the 10th Divine Comedy International Theatre Festival. Her production In Dreams Begin Responsibilities for the J. Słowacki Theatre in Krakow won the first prize at the 8th “m-teatr” Koszalin Youth Confrontations. In Hans Christian Andersen Theatre in Lublin she directed the performance HMLT/Hamlet (2018) about experiments that combine literature and artificial intelligence and in Alexander Fredro Theatre in Gniezno Things We Didn't Throw Out inspired by Marcin Wicha's books and memories of residents of Gniezno (the show became a finalist in the 25th  Competition for Staging Contemporary Polish Plays). She also directed Lime in Sugar in the New Theatre in Warsaw. She collaborated with Festival/Tokyo in Japan, where in November 2019 the premiere of Always Coming Home, an adaptation of Ursula K. Le Guin's novel, took place. The premiere of the Polish version of the show took place in TR Warsaw in February 2020. She directed Il ballo delle Ingrate performed by Capella Cracoviensis at this year's edition of Opera Rara Festival.

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Fot. Klaudyna Schubert

Director of the show: Fiasco

Paweł Łysak

Theatre and radio director. Graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology at the University of Warsaw and the Directing Department at the State Academy of Drama in Warsaw. In 1998 together with Paweł Wodziński he founded a “theatrical society” and in 2000–2003 they jointly headed the Polish Theatre in Poznań. From 2006 to 2014 he was the chief executive of the Hieronim Konieczka Polish Theatre in Bydgoszcz and seven editions of Prapremiere Festival (2007–2014). Since September 2014 the chief executive of the Zygmunt Hübner Powszwechny Theatre in Warsaw. Winner of prestigious prizes and distinctions, including the Gold Cross of Merit or “Polityka” Passport. He made his debut as a director with the production Roberto Zucco (1992). He worked in the Juliusz Osterwa Theatre in Lublin, where he staged, among others, Antigone in New York (1993), The Cherry Orchard (1997), Chairs (1998). Apart from these, he directed such productions as Bacchantes (Adam Mickiewicz Theatre in Częstochowa 1995), The Judges (Polish Theatre in Warsaw 1998), Shopping and Fucking (TR Warsaw 1998). He also directed in the Polish Theatre in Bydgoszcz. Appreciated director of radio dramas; often works in the Polish Radio Theatre.

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Photo: Magda Hueckel

Tomasz Fryzeł

A fourth-year student in the Faculty of Drama Directing at the Academy of Theatre Arts in Krakow. Graduate of the Inter-faculty Individal Studies in the Humanities at the Jagiellonian University. Studied French literature at Université Paris Sorbonne. He was assistant to Remigiusz Brzyk and Marcin Wierzchowski.

Director of the show: A Safe Place

Weronika Szczawińska

Director, dramatist, culture expert and performer. Graduate of Inter-faculty Individal Studies in the Humanities at the University of Warsaw. She got her doctorate from the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Studied directing at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw. Has collaborated with many theatres across Poland (including the National Old Theatre in Krakow, Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw, Komuna//Warszawa, Contemporary Theatre in Wrocław) and Slovensko mladinsko gledališče in Ljubljana. Assistant professor at the Faculty of Theatre Studies of the Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw. She was twice nominated for the “Polityka” Passport Award in the field of theatre (in 2014 and 2018) for, among other merits, “consistently constructing her language of artistic expression” and “a mature vision of the social responsibility of theatre.” Her latest works include: My Brilliant Friend based on the novel by Elena Ferrante (Contemporary Theatre in Wrocław 2018), Lawrence of Arabia (Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw 2018), Never Again War (Komuna//Warszawa 2018), A Talk About Trees (Komuna//Warszawa 2019).

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Photo: Witek Orski

Director of the show: Simply

Wiktor Rubin

Director, graduate of the Jagiellonian University with a degree in sociology and the Faculty of Drama Directing at the Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Krakow. He also studied philosophy at the Jagiellonian University. He made his debut in 2006. Since then he has created over 20 productions in theatres across Poland, including Bydgoszcz, Wrocław, Wałbrzych, Krakow, Kielce, Gdańsk, Warsaw and Poznań. Since 2008 he has collaborated on a permanent basis with author and dramatist Jolanta Janiczak, staging mostly her plays, whose subject matter revolves around women, carnality, politics and broadly understood feminist issues: James Bond: Pigs Do Not See Stars (2010), Joanna the Mad: Queen (2011), Ophelias (2011), Catherine the Great (2013), The Towianists: Kings of the Clouds (2014), The Gorgonowa Affair (2015), Countess Bathory (2015), We Get What We Believe In (2016), Stateswomen, Sluts of Revolution or the Learnt Ladies (2016), Rasputin (2017), Nero (2018), You're very welcome (2018), Brave Peter and Mary the Orphan (2018). His productions are original phenomena on the borderline of theatre, film and performance. They are regularly presented at the most important festivals in Poland, where they win prizes, such as Grand Prix (2006) and the Main Prize (2014) at the Kontrapunkt Festival, Grand Prix at Prapremiere Festival in Bydgoszcz (2006), Grand Prix at Raport Festival (2014, 2017), the Best Director Award at the Divine Comedy Festival (2016) and a distinction at the Festival of Pleasant and Unpleasant Plays (2007) in Łódź and Opole Theatre Confrontations “The Polish Classics” (2009). In 2013 Rubin was awarded “Polityka” Passport.

 

Director of the show: No One Will Believe Me Anyway

Jakub Krofta

Director, playwright, educator, for many years artistic director of the Drak Theatre in Hradec Králové, graduate of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, currently artistic director of the Wrocław Puppet Theatre. He has directed over 80 theatrical productions, many of which won prestigious awards and recognition in the Czech Republic, Poland and the world. He was four times awarded the prestigious Czech prize at the Skupova Plzeň festival. Winner of the 2008 Jan Dorman Honorary Award of the Polish ASSISTEJ Centre for “creative search for a contemporary hero, disovering a new language of stage expression, as well as undertaking the important issue of adolescence in the theatre for children and youth.” His performances were awarded Grand Prix in Bielsko-Biała, Toruń, Warsaw, Ostrava, Ljubljana and Zagreb. Sam, or Family Life Education directed by him was awarded Grand Prix at the 20th National Competition for Staging Contemporary Polish Plays, while he himself won special prize at the 23rd National Competition for Staging Contemporary Polish Plays. In tandem with the literary director of Wrocław Puppet Theatre Maria Wojtyszko he was the winner of the 2017 Wrocław Theatre Award for “accurately capturing the most difficult issues in a clever and humorous performance for children and adults Heaven and Hell.”

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Director of the show: Aliens

Karolina Maciejaszek

Theatre director. Graduate of the Directing Department at the Alexander Zelwerowicz Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw (2008) and theatre studies at the Faculty of Polish Studies, Jagiellonian University (2003). She collaboarted with many dramatic (including Stefan Jaracz Theatre in Olsztyn, Polish Theatre in Wrocław, Polish Theatre in Poznań, TR Warsaw, Wilam Horzyca Theatre in Toruń, Lubuski Theatre in Zielona Góra, Dramatic Theatre in Warsaw), fringe (Rawa Theatre in Katowice) and puppet (Pinokio Theatre in Łódź, Puppet and Actor Theatre in Wałbrzych, Puppet and Actor Theatre in Olsztyn) theatres. She was twice awarded the Łodź Golden Mask Award: in the 2013/2014 season for Coraline and in the 2015/2016 season for Ronia, the Robber's Daughter, both staged at the Pinokio Theatre. The production Ronia, the Robber's Daughter was also awarded the best performance prize from the Children's Jury at the 3rd Festival of Little Prapremieres in Wałbrzych and the Prize “Ziarenko” at the 21st Korczak Festival in Warsaw (2017). She is passionate about the history of the city of Łódź. Author of the play Island of the Thin (about a concentration camp for children in Przemysłowa Street) and director of urban projects Call of City and Children of Foreign Gods. Member and co-founder of the Black Rags collective.

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Director of the show: Rutka

Konrad Dworakowski

Director, occasionally set designer and actor. Graduate of the Department of Puppet Theatre Arts at the Białystok branch of the Aleksander Zelwerowicz Theatre Academy of Dramatic Arts in Warsaw, where he works as a lecturer, of the Wrocław branch of the Academy of Theatre Arts in Krakow and of the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz University of Music in Łódź. In 2003–2005 the artistic director of the Guliwer Puppet Theatre in Warsaw. He directed performances at both puppet and dramatic theatres in Poland and abroad. His most important productions include: Microcosmos, Hydrocosmos at the Wrocław Mime Theatre, Balladynas and Romances, The Story of Immoral Imagination, The Paul Street Boys, Don Quixote at the Pinokio Theatre in Łódź, King Matt the First at the Banialuka Puppet Theatre in Bielsko-Biała and Dumanowski side A at the Old Theatre in Krakow. Konrad Dworakowski is the author of scripts and lyrics for both children and adults. He also runs original workshops in the theatre of form. In 2009–2019 the chief executive of the Pinokio Theatre in Łódź. Mastermind of projects connected with socio-cultural regeneration on the premises of Łodź, Wałbrzych and Katowice. Mastermind and artistic director of the International Theatre Carousel Festival. He deals mainly with broadly understood visual theatre. In his creative work he tries to combine the remote experiences of puppet theatre, actors theatre, physical theatre and visual theatre acting in the belief that poetry and stage metaphor have infinite power.

Director of the show: Lady of the Flies

Łukasz Zaleski

Director, dramatist, sometimes actor. Graduate of Polish Philology at the Nicolaus Copernicus University of Toruń, where he majored in film studies as well as of drama directing at the State Drama School in Krakow. In 2015–2018 held the post of the literary manager at the J. Szaniawski Drama Theatre in Wałbrzych and in 2019–2020 of the educational specialist at the A. Fredro Theatre in Gniezno. He made The Virgin Suicides at the State Drama School in Krakow, A Blue Bird at the W. Bogusławski Theatre in Kalisz, Madman's Confession at the Polish Theatre in Poznań, Art and To the Mountains and To the Sea! at the Drama Theatre in Wałbrzych, The Silent Sea at the New Theatre in Zabrze, Atlas of Remote Islands at the A. Fredro Theatre in Gniezno, Being Like Thelma and Louise at the W. Horzyca Theatre in Toruń, Open Borders at Krakow's Łaźnia Nowa. Was awarded the prize for adaptation at the “Reality Presented” Festival in Zabrze for the performance Łauma the Witch directed by Magdalena Miklasz. He also received the Silesian Golden Mask Award and honourable mentions for direction at the Festival of Little Prapremieres in Wałbrzych for The Silent Sea. He collaborated with Maciej Podstawny, Marcin Wierzchowski, Magdalena Miklasz and Marcin Gaweł as a dramatist. He devotes much of his professional work to socially engaged projects and work with youth and adult amateurs. He ran a series of theatre workshops all over Poland, as well as in Beijing. Lives in Krakow. Loves travelling, especially to the Nordic countries. Collects books and vinyl records.

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Fot. Klaudyna Schubert

Magda Miklasz

Theatre director, educator. Graduated from a music school in Nowa Huta, where she attended a violin class, Department of Puppet Theatre Arts at the Theatre Academy of Białystok and the Faculty of Drama Directing at the State Drama School. The Metamorphosis (2010) after F. Kafka brought her the prize for the best director's debut at the First Contact Festival of Debut Performances in Toruń. She has collaborated with many theatres in Poland, such as the Drama Theatre in Wałbrzych, the Łaźnia Nowa Theater, the J. Słowacki Theatre in Krakow, the Dramatic Theatre in Warsaw, the New Theatre in Poznań, the Malabar Hotel Theatre, the Contemporary Theatre in Szczecin. She teaches acting at the Warsaw Film School. She is interested in the border of drama and puppet theatre and often seeks inspiration in non-dramatic texts. In 2016 she directed Everything Is Here, her first performance for children. Since then she has annually created performances for young audience. They win awards and distinctions at various festivals, often from children's jury. The production Łauma the Witch based on the comic book by Karol Kalinowski of the Drama Theatre in Wałbrzych received three honourable mentions at Korczak Festival, two prizes at the 18th Festival of Contemporary Dramaturgy “Reality Presented” in Zabrze in 2018 and the prize for best director at the 9th International Theatre Carousel Festival in Łódź, at which she also won the prize for best director for Everything Is Here the year before.

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Fot. Monika Stolarska

Director of the show: Peter Pan and James Hook

Mateusz Pakuła

Playwright and dramatist, graduate of the National Academy of Theatre Arts in Krakow. Winner of the Gdynia Drama Prize (for the text Sorrows of the Tropics), winner and multiple finalist of the Competition for the Best Staging of Polish Contemporary Drama (individual honourable mention for the text My Anxiety is Armed). Scholarship holder of the Minister of Culture and the City of Krakow. His plays have been translated into English, German, Czech, Spanish and Ukrainian. The following productions based on Pakuła's texts have been staged at the Łaźnia Nowa Theater: Enter the Dragon. Trailer, Conrad The Machine, Sorrows of the Tropics, Sausage Cowboyand The Whale The Globe. Pluto p-Brane, premiered in 2018 at Łaźnia Nowa, was his directing début. Recently Mateusz Pakuła has directed such productions as Jungle People (Animation Theatre in Poznań) and First Order Chaos (National Old Theatre in Krakow). He also directs radio dramas.

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Fot. Monika Stolarska

Director of the show: Lem vs. P.K. Dick

Piotr Sieklucki

Director and theatre actor, co-founder and chief executive of the New Theatre in Krakow. Graduate of the Faculty of Acting at the State Drama School in Krakow. He began his professional and directing career with the production Griga Celebrates His Name Day based on Anton Czekhov's short stories. In 2006 he founded the New Theatre in Krakow, where he took up the post of the chief executive. There he made the following productions: Stories by Petr Zelenka (the performance was awarded at the 10th Talia National Festival in Tarnów), The Philosphers' Cave, Morning Fears, Encyclopaedia of Russian Soul, Moscow –Petushki, Lubiewo (Grand Prix at the 2012 Prapremiere Festival for the most important premiere of the season in Polish theatre) or Professor's Inkblot's Academy, to name a few. In 2008 he launched the New Theatre Association. He ran curatorial artistic and social projects. He collaborated with such theatres as the Stefan Żeromski Theatre in Kielce (Drunk at the Cemetery, Trans-Atlantic, At Night At One Housing Estate, The Career of Nikodemus Dyzma), the Edmund Wierciński Contemporary Theatre in Wrocław (Farewell to Autumn), the New Theatre in Łódź (Akimudy), as well as Russian theatres: the Goncharov Theatre in Ulyanovsk (Mother Departs) and the theatre in Yakutsk.

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Fot. Małgorzata Fatalska

Director of the show: King Matt the First

Michał Zadara

Director of the show: Flights

Jakub Skrzywanek

Director, writer, and creator of performative installations. A graduate of the Faculty of Drama Directing at the AST Academy of Theatre Arts in Kraków and Polish Philology at the University of Wrocław, he also studied under a scholarship at the Charles University of Prague. In 2016 he made his début with Cynkowi chłopcy / Boys in Zinc at the Jerzy Szaniawski Dramatic Theatre in Wałbrzych, before taking it to Poland’s main theatre festivals (notably Boska Komedia / Divine Comedy) where he won awards at the m-Teatr Festival inKoszalin and the Grand Prix for the best début at the First Contact Festival in Toruń. He has worked with the Capitol Music Theatre in Wrocław, Jan Kochanowski Theatre in Opole, the Teatr Zagłębia in Sosnowiec, the Contemporary Theatre in Szczecin, and Theatre 21, where he directed Superspektakl / Superproduction with Justyna Sobczyk as a coproduction with the Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw. His most acclaimed productions are Kordian (the Polski Theatre in Poznań) and Mein Kampf (the Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw) which provided the first opportunity to challenge Adolf Hitler’s book on stage. In 2019 the Dialog monthly published Skrzywanek’s début drama Pogrom alfonsów, Warszawa 1905 / Pogrom of Pimps, Warsaw 1905, which reached the semifinals of the Gdynia Drama Prize. Skrzywanek held a scholarship from the New Theatre Laboratory programme (Nowy Proxima Theatre in Kraków), which allowed him to prepare the drama To my jesteśmy przyszłością! / We are the Future!. He worked as an assistant to Oliver Frljić and Paweł Miśkiewicz, and has prepared numerous performative readings and performances, e.g. at the Malta International Festival in Poznań and the Genius Loci Festival in Kraków.

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Photo: Magda Hueckel

Director of the show: Kaspar Hauser

Michał Buszewicz

Playwright, dramatist, director. Graduate of theatre studies at the Jagiellonian University, where he majored in dramaturgy and of drama directing at the Academy of Theatre Arts in Krakow. Author of texts: Crime, Mission (the wars I fled from), Peter Pan based on the novel by James Barrie, Jewish Actors, Holiday Resort, A Few Foreign Words in Polish, Cowboys, The Return of Tamara. His texts were thrice qualified for the semifinal and once for the final of the Gdynia Drama Prize. He was also awarded the Prize For a Young Author at the New Theatre Festival in Rzeszów and the Stanisław Bieniasz Medal at Presented Reality festival in Zabrze. He gladly undertakes joint work that leads to co-creating a drama script using actor's improvisations. The effects of such working method were Erasums being part of the “European Ensemble” project and Slow Motion at the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre, both directed by Anna Smolar. As a dramatist, he also collaborated with Ewelina Marciniak, Anna Augustynowicz, Jan Klata and Cezary Tomaszewski. He directs original theatre projects, too: A Technical Question, Telephone Book and Football Fans according to his own scripts. In the years 2015–2016 he headed the drama department of the National Old Theatre in Krakow. He led the drama workshop at the Jagiellonian University's Department of Performing Arts, as part of the Laboratory of New Theatrical Practices at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Theatre Studies at the Adam Mickiewicz University, the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. He served as a mentor for New Dramaturgy Stage in Rzeszów and many times collaborated with organisers of theatrical and dramaturgic workshops for youngsters and adults. He is a member of the Performing Arts Institute art collective in Warsaw.

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Photo: Kuba Laskowski

Director of the show: An Autobiography Just In Case

Michał Borczuch

A graduate of the Faculty of Graphic Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, and the Faculty of Drama Directing at the PWST Academy of Theatre Arts in Kraków. Awarded a scholarship by the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative for the most talented artists from around the world. His first production, Małgorzata Owsiany’s KOMPOnenty, premiered in 2004 during the baz@rt Intermedia Theatre Forum. Two years later he made his Warsaw début with Georg Büchner’s Leonce and Lena at the Dramatyczny Theatre. In the same year Borczuch was the first to stage an uncensored version of Frank Wedekind’s Lulu at the National Stary Theatre. In 2009, his version of The Portrait of Dorian Gray based on Oscar Wilde’s novel was performed at the TR Warszawa. In the same year he directed Werter, based on Goethe’s novel, at the National Stary Theatre in Kraków. Borczuch cooperates with the Polski Theatre in Wrocław, where he staged Hans, Dora i Wilk / Hans, Dora, and a Wolf inspired by Freud, and Zachodnie wybrzeże. Powrót na pustynię / Quay West. Return to the Desert based on Bernard-Marie Koltès. He has also directed abroad namely at the Schauspielhaus in Düsseldorf (Wojna nie ma w sobie nic z kobiety / The Unwomanly Face of War) and at the Slovensko mladinsko gledalisce in Ljubljana (Dramaty księżniczek / Princess Dramas). Borczuch was twice nominated for the Passport Award of the Polityka weekly. His Apokalipsa / The Apocalypse premiered in September 2014 at the Nowy Theatre in Warsaw and won him the Grand Prix of the Boska Komedia / Divine Comedy Festival. A year later his production with the Łaźnia Nowa Theatre, Wszystko o mojej matce / All About My Mother, won him his second Grand Prix of the Festival. In the same year he produced Czekając na Godota / Waiting for Godot at the Stefana Jaracza Theatre in Łódź, and a year later Zew Cthulhu / Call of Cthulhu at the Nowy Theatre in Warsaw and Moja walka / My Struggle at the TR Warszawa.

 

Director of the show: Aktorzy prowincjonalni