Michał Borczuch

A graduate of the Sculpture Faculty of the Academy of Fine Arts and the Faculty of Theatre Directing at the Ludwik Solski State Drama School, and a scholar of The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative Programme for the most promising young artists from all over the world. His first independent work was “KOMPOnents” by Małgorzata Owsiany. Among his later works were: Polish XIX century classic, Aleksander Fredro’s “A Great Man For a Small Business”, were he played a double role – as director and as a stage designer; “Leonce and Lena” by Goerge Büchner, “Lulu” by Frank Wedekind, a story about a juvenile prostitute, presented in an uncensored version for the first time. In 2009 at TR Warszawa Borczuch prepared his adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s “Dorian Gray”. At the same time, he developed the widely acclaimed version of “The Sorrows of Young Werther”, based on a novel by Goethe at the Stary Teatr in Kraków. 2012 is also the year of Borczuch’s début  on the stage of Düsseldorf’s Schauspielhaus, where he produced a play based on “The Unwomanly Face Of War”, the celebrated novel by Sviatlana Aliaksandrawna Alieksiyevich. He was nominated to “Polityka” Passports twice. “Apokalipsa” premiered in 2014 in Nowy Teatr in Warsaw, it won the Divine Comedian Award in 2015. The very next year, his play – “All About My Mother” – from Łaźnia Nowa Theatre – also won the Divine Comedy. 

Director of the show: The Call of Cthulhu

Anna Smolar

Polish-French stage director and translator, graduate of Literature Studies at Paris Sorbonne. In 2001 she founded La comagnie Gochka in Paris and staged a few shows together with the company, such as: “The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant” by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, “Slave Island” by Pierre Marivaux and “Sextuor Banquet” by Armando Llamas. She has been working in Poland since 2005 and her productions include: “Swap” by Paul Claudel in Śląski Theatre, “Maestro” by Jarosław Abramow-Neverly in the Drama Laboratory in Warsaw, “With Only One Hand” by Joël Pommerat in Studio Theatre, “The Lady of Burma” in Polonia Theatre, “The Stranger” by Albert Camus in Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Kraków and “Madwoman of Chaillot” in Węgierka Theatre in Białystok. In Opole, in Kochanowski Theatre, she directed “Provisional Actors” and “Bullerbyn.” In Nowy Teatr in Warsaw she directed “Enter” and “Pinocchio”, “Dybuk” in Polish Theatre in Bydgoszcz and “Cindirella” at National Stary Theatre in Kraków. Smolar is also the translator of the book by Grażyna Jagielska  - “Miłość z kamienia” into French.

Director of the show: Henrietta Lacks

Agnieszka Glińska

Theatre director, actress. She graduated from Acting and Drama Directing Departments at Theatre Academy in Warsaw. Her first, independent shows are “Arlekinada” at Jan Kochanowski Theatre in Opole and “Heaven-Hell” at the National Stary Theatre in Kraków. She specializes in modern, psychological drama. As a director, she doesn’t care about theatrical trends. Contact and work with actor is more important for her than sophisticated stage productions. She manages Studio Theatre in Warsaw. For her great performance as a manager, she received a Wdecha 2012 award in the “Man of the Year” category. 

Marcin Wierzchowski

Theatre director, dramaturge, author of various theatre plays - mostly created for his own performances. In the Laznia Nowa Theatre he directed shows based on his own theatre plays - „Supernova. Reconstruction” and „The Last Temptation”. Together with Roman Pawłowski, he prepared a screenplay for a documentary series „Jeżyce Story. Listen to the city?” He collaborated with W. Horzyca Theatre in Toruń and Contemporary Theatre in Szczecin („Idiots”).

Director of the show: The Secret Life of the Friedmans

Grzegorz Wiśniewski

A director working on permanent basis for Wybrzeże Theatre in Gdansk. One of the most acclaimed and interesting Polish theatre directors of his generation. He graduated from the Drama Directing Department at Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Kraków (1996). He made his debut with “Babiniec” in 1997 at Krakow STU Theatre, where he also directed “Prezydentki”. He directed plays at Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Krakow (Chekhov’s “Platonow”, von Mayneburg’s “The Plastics”, 2016), Polish Theatre in Wrocław (“Jan Gabriel Borkman” by Henrik Ibsen, 2005), Współczesny Theatre in Wrocław (Mrożek’s “Rzeźnia”, 2000), Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw (“The Shape of Things” by Neil LaBute, 2002, “White Marriage” by Tadeusz Różewicz, 2003 and Gorki’s “Letnicy”, 2005), The National Theatre in Warsaw (Alexander Dumas’ “Queen Margot”, 2012) and Studio Theatre (Turrini’s “Joseph and Marie, 2011), Wojciech Bogusławski Theatre in Kalisz (“The Seagull” by Chekhov, 2007), Stefan Jaracz Theatre in Łódź (numerous plays based on distinguished German modern dramas). Since 2001 he has been working at Wybrzeże Theatre in Gdańsk, where he made such plays as: “Jana Gabriela Borkman” by Ibsen (2001), “The Seagull” by Chekhov (2002), Witkacy’s “The Mother” (2003), “Princess D'amalfi” by Webster (2006), “Sweet Bird of Youth” by Williams (2008), “The Damned” by Visconti (2009), Bergman’s “Persona” (2010), “Platonow” by Chekhov (2013). Wiśniewski is the winner of many prestigious awards, including Konrad Swinarski Award, Golden Yorick for the Best Polish Staging of a Shakespeare’s Play and Warsaw Felix for “Queen Margot”.

 

Director of the show: Harper

Krzysztof Garbaczewski

Polish theatre director, stage designer and adaptation author. He creates interdisciplinary shows and theatrical installations that combine performance art, visual arts and music. He graduated from Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Kraków. He directed “A Sport Play” by Elfriede Jelinek (2008, Jan Kochanowski Theatre in Opole), “The Possesed” based on Witold Gombrowicz’s novel (2008, Jerzy Szaniawski Theatre in Wałbrzych), “Nirvana” (2009, Polish Theatre in Wroclaw), “The Odyssey”, based on Homer’s work (2009, Jan Kochanowski Theatre in Opole), “Demons” by Dostoievski (2010, Polish Theatre in Wrocław). His plays are presented at Polish and international festivals. He received an award in 2009 for directing “The Possesed” and in 2010 for directing “The Odyssey”. In 2010 he won the Trójka Talents Competition, organized by a popular radio channel. In The National Old Theatre in Krakow he directed “Poczet Królów Polskich” and “Cosmos”, based on the works by Gombrowicz. His other acclaimed shows are “Kamienne Niebo Zamiast Gwiazd”, “Sexual Life of the Savages” and “Kronos”. 

Director of the show: The Peasants

Marta Górnicka

Director, singer, the founder of the avant-garde theatre Chorus of Women and libretto author. She graduated from Department of Drama Directing at the Theatre Academy in Warsaw. She also studied at the National Theatre Arts Academy in Kraków and graduated from Warsaw Fryderyk Chopin Music School. Since 2010 she has been collaboration with Theatre Institute in Warsaw, she founded Chorus of Women and creates her own unique version of choir theatre. Górnicka’s plays: “Tu Mówi Chór”, “Magnificat”, “RequiemMachine”, “Love Hymn”, “(M)other Courage” have been invited and presented at over forty theatre festivals worldwide, in the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Japan, Ukraine, India, Belgium, Ireland, The Netherlands, Switzerland, England and Greece, to name a few, over such prestigious events as: Berliner Festspiele Foreign Affairs, Lyon Festival International de theatre SENS INTERDITS, International Theatre Festival „Theater Spektakel” in Zurich, Athens & Epidaurus Festival, International Theatre Festival MESS in Sarajevo, where „Magnificat” won three awards, the director received the Grand Prix at the Brunswick FAST- FORWARD Festival for Young Directors in Europe. Górnicka has developed her own unique method of acting and vocal training, searching for organic voice. She taught many different acting workshops in: Tokyo, Berlin, Paris, Athens, Tel Aviv, Dresden, Nottingham and Kiev.

Director of the show: Hymn to Love

Anna Augustynowicz

Graduated from Theatre Studies at Jagiellonian University and Drama Directing at State Drama School in Kraków. Since September 1992 she has been the artistic director of Szczecin Contemporary Theatre. She directed dozens of plays all over Poland and her most important and distinguished plays at her home institution are as follows: Clare McIntyre’s ”Without Tenderness” (1995), Mayenburg’s ”Parasites”, Werner Schwab’s ”My Liver makes no Sense took Place”, Ben Elton’s ”Popcorn” (1999), Mark Ravenhill’s ”Some Explicit Polaroids” (2002 – which won at Zabrze Theatre festival second prize for directing and was given the Amber Ring for the best play of the season), Gerald Sibleyras ”The Inscription” (2005), Stanisław Wyspiański’s ”Liberation”, ”The Wedding” (2007) and „Acropolis” (2015), Antonina Grzegorzewska’s ”Migraine” (2010), David Hare’s ”Getsemani”, Mayenburg’s ”The Martyrs” (2014) and Shakespeare’s ”The Tempest” (2015). Her acclaimed plays directed at other theatres are: Bernard-Marie Koltes ”Return to the Desert” (2004) at powszecny Theatre in Warsaw, Wyspiański’s ”The Judges” (2005) at Juliusz Osterwa Theatre in Lublin, Shakespeare’s ”Measure For Measure” (2006) at Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw, Henrik Ibsen’s ”Nora” (2008) at Polish Theatre in Poznań and Christopher Marlowe’s „Edward II” (2014) at the National Stary Theatre in Kraków. Augustynowicz has won numerous awards, including: Szczecin theatre critics’ choice award, an award for directing ”Yvonne, Princess of Burgundy” at the Polish Classics Festival in Opole. In 1998 she was rewarded with ”Polityka Passport” for ”intelligent and bold plays as well as the artistic shape of Contemporary Theatre in Szczecin”, Augustynowicz also won Grand Prix – Konrad’s Laur at the Festival Interpretations in Katowice. She was honored with the title of Szczecin’s Ambassador 2002. In 2008 her play ”The Wedding” was awarded at Divine Comedy International Theatre Festival for ”powerful stage narration that enables the modern audience to discover the classical text anew”.

Director of the show: The Marriage

Maja Kleczewska

Graduate of the Faculty of Directing at the Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Kraków (2001), directed for the Słowacki Theatre in Kraków (Anna Reynolds and Moira Buffini’s “Jordan”, 2000; Harrower’s “Knives in Hens” (2002), Norwid Theatre in Jelenia Góra (Hofmannstahl’s “Electra”, 2001; Chekhov’s “Czajka The Seagull”), 2004), Szaniawski Dramat Theatre in Wałbrzych (Kesey’s “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, 2002; McCoy’s “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?”, 2003); Kochanowski Theatre in Opole (Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”, 2004; Horváth’s “Tales from the Vienna Wood”, 2008), Bogusławski Theatre in Kalisz (Büchner’s “Woyzeck”, 2005), the National Stary Theatre in Kraków (Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, 2006; Sarah Kane’s “Blasted”, 2007). At the National Theatre, she directed “Fedra” (2008) and Weiss’s “Marat/Sade”, and in the Polish Theatre in Bydgoszcz “Platonov”based on Chekhov’s play as well as Elfriede Jelinek’s plays: “Babel” and “Winter’s Journey”. Her award-winning shows include “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (Wojciech statuette, and the team award for the production team at the 43rd Theatre Meetings in Kalisz 2003, Audience Award for directing at the 7th Interpretacje National Festival of Art of Direction in Katowice, 2005) and “Woyzeck” (Laurel Wreath of Konrad and the journalists’ award for directing at the 8th Interpretacje National Festival of Art of Direction in Katowice, 2006), and, last but not least, “Polityka” Passport (2007).

Director of the show: The Rage

Wojtek Ziemilski

Theatre director and visual artist. He creates interdisciplinary works, taking the adventage of the diversity of the performance arts conventions. His theatre plays with different techniques, staying away from the pathos. He often deals in his work with the matters around communication, language, identity and the realtionship between the audience and the spectacle itself. His plays explore the limits and possibilites around documentary theatre – in ”Little Narration” (Studio Theatre in Warsaw) he tells his owny family story, in ”Prologue” (Ochota Theatre and Kraków Theatre Reminiscences), he investigates who the audience members are and who they could potentially become, ”High Noon” (Drama Theatre in Wałbrzych) is a story of Polish transformation after the year 1989, while ”Pygmalion” (Zamek Culture Center in Poznań, komuna warszawa) deals with language and its modes of functioning in the world. His “One Gesture” (Nowy Teatr in Warsaw) won the Grand Prix at the Swiss Festival Zürcher Theater Spektakel. Ziemilski is the founder of XS Ośrodek Sztuki, co-creator of the action “Golgota Picnic Poland” and he collaborates with the gallery BWA in Warsaw. He teaches New Trends In Theatre Experimenting at The Theatre Academy in Warsaw and Warsaw University. 

Director of the show: Come Together

Marcin Liber

Actor, director, the founder of Usta Usta Theatre from Poznań. He graduated from the Department of Culture Studies at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. While still a student, he became a member of Biuro Podróży Theatre and continued working under its auspices between the years 1988 till 1999. At the same time he collaborated as an actor, dramaturg and director with other stages in Poznań – Óśmy Dzień Theatre, Polish Dance Theatre and Porywacze Ciał Theatre. In 1999, together with Wojciech Wiński, he founded Usta Usta Theatre in Poznań, an alternative performance space which shows demand a special kind of engagement from the audience. Starting from 1996 he has been creating independent shows such as “Autophobia”in 1996 and “The Only Child”in 1998. Directing “The Death of a Squirrel-Man”, based on Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk’s play starts a new chapter in his career, marked out by his collaboration with a playwright. Together, they staged a show called “ID”at Współczesny Theatre in Szczecin and in 2011, in cooperation with Magda Fertacz and Sylwia Chutnik, a performance titled “III Furies”at Helena Modrzejewska Theatre in Legnica. The most distinguished and widely-discussed shows directed by Libera over the last couple of years include: “A Piece on Mother and Fatherland”(Współczesny Theatre in Szczecin, 2010), “Alexandra, A Thing About Piłsudski”(Szaniawski Drama Theatre in Wałbrzych, 2011), “Trash Story”(Kruczkowski Theatre in Zielona Góra, 2012), “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” (Nowy Theater in Poznań, 2012), “Being Steve Jobs”(National Stary Theatre in Krakow, 2013), “The Old Woman Broods” (National Stary Theatre in Kraków, 2014). In 2012 Liber got awarded with Konrad Laur and with a prize for directing one of his acclaimed plays – For God’s Sake!

Director of the show: Fuck… Revolt Scenes

Cezary Tomaszewski

Polish director and choreographer. He directed Franz Lehar’s “The Merry Widow”, in which he cast four Polish cleaners in Brut Wien Theater. The production was among the critics’ picks in the magazines “Theater Heute” and “Falter” (Best Young Director and the Best Off Production in 2009 in Vienna). He directed musical productions by Capella Cracoviensis, period instruments orchester and choir: the stage production of Monteverdi’s madrigals “Bar.oque feast” in a milk bar in Kraków, the piece “The Nature Lovers”, composed of Mendelssohn’s songs in Wolski Forest, Mozart’s Requiem as  “Sacred Karaoke”, staging of Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem / Liebeslieder Walzer in “Songs of love and death” and operas: Gluck’s “Orpheus and Eurydice”, Handel’s „Amadigi di Gaula” and Moniuszko’s “Halka”. In Polish dramatical theatres he directed Wyspiański’s “Wedding based on Wedding”, (Jan Kochanowski Theatre in Opole), awarded at the festival of Polish Classics with special mention for “uncompromising anti-theatre and an act of theatrical disobedience” as well as for costumes and set design; Tuwim’s “Soldier of the Queen of Madagascar” (Wojciech Bogusławski Theatre in Kalisz), that won the awards at the Kalisz Theatre Showcase. His version of Sawin’s boulevard play “Who will visit us” is widely popular with the theatre-goers as well as a jubilee play “Double Solo” by Jan Peszek. This year Tomaszewski directed “Had It Not Been For Smoking, Pina Would Have Been Alive” at Jerzy Szaniawski Drama Theatre in Wałbrzych and “Cezary Goes to War” at Komuna Warszawa. Two of his early projects, Last Temptation of Saint Bernardette and Dance Tetralogy, were presented at theatres in Austria and Switzerland. Tomaszewski gained the special mention from the cultural magazine “biweekly” twice, in its Theatre Yearly Recap.

Director of the show: Cezary Goes to War

Piotr Ratajczak

Theatre director. Graduated in directing from the Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Kraków. Artistic director in Szaniawski Drama Theatre in Wałbrzych. He made his debut with „Skaza”, a play based on Gombrowicz’s work. He collaborated with various Polish stages as Contemporary Theatre in Szczecin, Polski Theatre in Bielsko-Biała and Polski Theatre in Poznań. He’s a member of artistic commission at Kontrapunkt festival in Szczecin and the organizer of M-Teatr Festival in Koszalin.

Director of the show: Český díplom

Ewa Kaim

Director of the show: To the Bottom

Rafał Dziwisz

Director of the show: Honey, I killed our cats

Jakub Roszkowski

fot. Marcin Oliva Soto

Playwright, director, author of adaptations, translations and stage versions of numerous texts. He graduated from Directing Department at Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Kraków. In the years 2007-2015 he was a dramaturg at Wybrzeże Theatre in Gdańsk, where he worked on such plays as: “The Tin Drum” by Gunter Grass, “Sweet Bird of Youth” by Tennessee Williams, “The Damned” by Luchino Visconti, Marius von Mayenburg’s “Rock”, Zygmunt Krasiński’s “Un-divine Comedy”, Friedrich Schiller’s “Maria Stuart” and Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” (named the play of the year 2013 in Gdańsk). At Wybrzeże Theatre in Gdańsk he directed plays: “Stalker” and “Great Improvisation”. At the Theatre in Zielona Góra he staged his own text titled “Better World”. His plays were translated into Russian, German and Spanish and three of them were staged acrosss Poland. His play “Morze Otwarte” was a finialist for the annual Gdynia Playwrighting Award. He currently works as a Head Dramaturgy at Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Kraków. 

Duda Paiva

Director of the show: Stories from oblivion

Jakub Krofta

Director of the show: Heaven - Hell

Jiří Havelka

Director of the show: The Monument

Magda Szpecht

Student at Directing Department at Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Krakow. She graduated from Journalism and Social Communications at Wrocław University. She published texts in “Lampa” and “Newsweek”. She is the author of installations and performative projects like “Nowewyzwolenie.doc”, “C’est la vie” (Polish Theatre in Wrocław), “Ja nie jestem normalnym mieszkańcem tego miasta” (Ludwik Solski State Drama School), “Z ogniem w głowie” at Drama Theatre in Wałbrzych and “dolphin_who_loved_me” (Sopot Non Fiction, 2014), which won the Jury Prize at 100°Berlin Festival and was presented at festivals in Marseilles, Hannover and festivals Malta and Polska New Theatre in Bydgoszcz. She is the resident of the festival NEDRAma in Sophia, with the project “Museum of Catastrophes”. Szpecht directed “Possibility of an Island” at TR Warszawa. 

Dariusz Starczewski

Director of the show: Three Sisters

Jan Hussakowski

Agata Duda-Gracz

Director and stage designer distinguished by her own clear theatrical language. A graduate in History of Art at the Jagiellonian University and the Faculty of Direction at the Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Kraków. While still a student, she directed productions such as J. Murrel’s “Creature” and Byron’s “Cain”. She prepared the set design for all her productions. Her credits include: “Sinful Childhood” after Mark Twain, “Debauchery” and “The Chosen” by Jean Genet, “Prze(d)stawienie”  by T. Dorst and U. Ehler, and Genet’s “Balcony” and Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”. She is the creator of stage designs for productions like: T. Bernhard’s “Restorer of the World” (dir. L. Piskorz), “Jesienin” after S. Jesienin (dir. J. Grałek, B. Wójcik), “The Lottery for Husbands, or Fiancé no. 69” by K. Szymanowski (dir. J. Opalski), and D. Mamet’s “A Life in the Theatre” (dir. M. Kuźmiński).One of the leitmotifs of her theatre is the confrontation of myth with reality and the investigation of the relationships between the sacred and the profane. “Galgenberg” after M. de Ghelderode is Agata Duda-Gracz's one of latest productions at the Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Kraków, where she has previously directed “Heloise et Abelard”  by R. Vailland and A. Camus’ “Caligula”. Taking Michel de Ghelderode’s dramatic output, Agata Duda-Gracz has created an original adaptation of his works. One of her latest plays are: “I, Pierre Rivière, Having Slaughtered with an Axe My Mother, My Father, My Sisters, My Brother and All My Neighbours…” and “Kumernis Or Holy Lady Grew a Beard”.

Jan Klata

He studied drama directing, first in Warsaw and then at the Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Kraków. He was an assistant to Krystian Lupa, Jerzy Grzegorzewski, and Jerzy Jarocki. Having graduated, Klata worked as a copywriter, musical journalist, and talk-show director. His directing début on stage was M. Gogol’s “The Government Inspector” (2003) at the Szaniawski Theatre in Wałbrzych. A month later, he produced at the Polski Theatre in Wrocław his own play entitled “Grejprut’s Smile”. At the Gdańsk Shipyards in 2004, the famous premiere was performed of his “H.” inspired by William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” and set on stage by the Wybrzeże Theatre in Gdańsk. Since then, the director has worked on Poland’s most acclaimed stages, including TR Warszawa, Stary Theatre in Kraków, Polski Theatre in Wrocław, and Polish Theatre in Bydgoszcz. In 2006, Klata received the “Polityka” Passport in the category “Theatre”, which he was awarded for “innovative and daring readings of classical works, for the passion and persistence in examining the national myths and diagnosing Polish reality”. For his critically acclaimed The Danton Case (Polish Theatre in Wrocław, 2008) Klata received the Konrad Swinarski Award and the Laurel Wreath of Konrad at the 11th “Interpretations” Festival in Katowice, and the Award for the Director at the Boska Komedia – Divine Comedy Festival in 2008. To the order of the “Dialogue of Four Cultures” Festival, the director put to stage a contemporary version of The “Promised Land” (2009) after Władysław Reymont. In the years 2013-2017 Klata was the Director of Stary Theatre in Kraków where he has directed such shows as: Philip K. Dick’s “Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch” (2006), Aeschylus’ “Oresteia” (2007), “The Trilogy” (2009) based on Henryk Sienkiewicz’s novel, Roman Jaworski’s “Wesele Hrabiego Orgaza” (2010), “The Secret Agent” by Joseph Conrad and August Strindberg’s “The Road to Damascus” (2013), Alfred Jarry’s “Ubu Roi” (2014), “An Enemy of the People” (2015), based on Henrik Ibsen’s play and Stanisław Wyspiański’s “The Wedding” (2017).

Director of the show: The Wedding

Wiktor Rubin

A graduate of Jagiellonian University with a degree in sociology, and a graduate of the Faculty of Drama Direction of the Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Kraków. He also studied philosophy. He made his debut in 2006 with  “Mojo Mickybo” by Owen McCafferty, which was prepared in the Krypta Theatre in Szczecin. The play was honored with the Grand Prix at 2006 Kontrapunkt Festival, the Grand Prix at the Prapremiere Festival in Bydgoszcz (2006) and the distinction at the Festival of Pleasant and Unpleasant Plays in 2007. In 2006 he prepared Tennessee Williams’ play “A Streetcar Named Desire” in the Polski Theatre in Bydgoszcz, “Spring Awakening” (2007) by Frank Wedekind and “Killing of the Second Dog” (2007) by Marek Hłasko, also in the Polski Theatre in Bydgoszcz; his performances at the Wybrzeże Theatre in Gdańsk include “Lilia Weneda” (2007) by Juliusz Słowacki and Pasolini's play “Orgy” (2010) that was nominated for the Sztormy Roku Award, and in 2011 the director received the Award of Mayor the City of Gdańsk. In the Polski Theater in Wrocław he directed “Terrodrom Breslau” (2006), based on the novel by Tim Staffel, “The Elementary Particles” (2008) based on Michel Houellebecq’s novel and “The Doll” based on the novel by Bolesław Prus, the performance distinguished at Opole Theatre Confrontations “The Polish Classics” in 2009. In the Laźnia Nowa Theatre he prepared Stanisław Mrożek’s play “The Emigrants”  in 2010. His more recent performances include Jolanta Janiczak's plays: “James Bond-Pigs Do Not See Stars” (2010) at the Szaniawski Drama Theatre in Wałbrzych and “Joanna the Mad; Queen” (2011), “Ophelia” (2011) at William Horzyca Theatre in Toruń, “Michael J. Said” at the Wybrzeże Theatre in Gdańsk, “Catherine The Great” (2013) and “Countess Bathory” (2015) at Stefan Żeromski Theatre in Kielce. His performances were shown at the most important festivals in Poland including the Divine Comedy Festival in Krakow, Warsaw Theatre Meetings, Festival of the Art of Directing “Interpretations” in Katowice, Prapremiere Festival in Bydgoszcz, Polish Classics Festival in Opole or Kontrapunkt Festival in Szczecin. Last year he won Best Director Award at the Divine Comedy Festival for “We Get What We Believe In”. And in 2013 he was awarded “Polityka” Passport.

Krystian Lupa

Before turning his attention to theatre, Lupa was as student in the Physics Department of Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Shortly after matriculating, he abandoned this course of study and passed the entrance exams for the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, from where he graduated in 1969 with a degree in graphic design. He went on to spend two years studying directing at the Łódź Film School. In 1973 he was accepted into the theatre directing program at the Ludwik Solski Drama School in Cracow.  Lupa made his professional theatre debut in 1976 with a production of Sławomir Mrożek Rzeznia / The Slaughterhouse at the Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Krakow. For his thesis project in directing, Lupa chose Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz's Nadobnisie i koczkodany / Dandies and Frumps (1977), a text he had worked on earlier. It was with a director's notebook on this play that he applied for and passed the entrance exams for theatre school. In 1997 Lupa staged Yasmina Reza's comedy Art at the Stary Teatr in Krakow. Lupa has also brought works of Russian literature to the stage. When it comes to contemporary plays, Lupa mounted productions of Austrian author Werner Schwab's Prezydentki / First Ladies (Polish Theatre in Wroclaw, 1999) as well as Stosunki Klary / Clara's Relations by German playwright Dea Loher (Teatr Rozmaitości / Variety Theatre in Warsaw, 2003).Since 2009 he has been working on the Persona/Triptych devoted to intriguing female personalities across borders and generations. Lupa's focus is on three iconic figures from the Twentieth Century: Marilyn Monroe, Simone Weil and George Gurdjieff. In 2011, his Waiting Room premiered at Wrocław's Polski Theatre. 2012 saw the production of Lupa's City of dreams, an adaptation of Alfred Kubin's novel The Other Side, brought to the stage together with the TR Warszawa theatre group.

Director of the show: The Trial

Monika Strzępka

A theatre director, studied at the Department of Directing of the Theatre Academy in Warsaw. Her début was a 2004 production of Mark Ravenhill’s “Some Explicit Polaroids” on the Polish Stage in Český Těšín (Czech Republic). Her next productions include Anna Bednarska’s ”Z twarzą przy ścianie” (Teatr Polski in Bydgoszcz). A year later she was working for the Wybrzeże Theatre in Gdańsk, where she directed ”Sex Show presents Yorick, or Confessions of the Jester” based on a script by Andrzej Żuławski. Her later works returned to contemporary drama, describing lame, impoverished interpersonal relations, and the degraded world; in 2005, it was her ”Honor Samuraja” (based on Adam Rapp’s ”Stone Cold Dead Serious”, Theatre in Jelenia Góra), and in 2006, Werner Schwab’s ”Die Präsidentinnen” (the Polish Stage in Český Těšín). Monika Strzępka worked on her later projects with Paweł Demirski. The tandem began with ”Forefathers’ Eve. Exhumation”  at the Polish Theatre in Wrocław (2007), followed by “There was a Pole, a Pole, a Pole, and Devil…” (Dramatyczny Theatre in Wałbrzych, 2007), ”Death of a Taxpayer” (Polish Theatre in Wrocław, 2007), ”Diamonds are Coal that got to Work” (Dramatyczny Theatre in Wałbrzych, 2008), ”Business Opera for Pretty Ladies and Wealthy Gentlemen” (Jan Kochanowski Theatre in Opole, 2008) and “A Play for Children” (Norwid Theatre in Jelenia Góra, 2009), “Niech żyje wojna!” (Drama Theatre in Wałbrzych, 2009), “There Was Andrzej Andrzej Andrzej and Andrzej” (Drama Theatre in Wałbrzych, 2010), “Rainbow Stand 2012” (Polish Theatre in Wrocław, 2011), “Położnice szpitala św. Zofii” (Rozrywki Theatre in Chorzów, 2011), “In the Name of Jakub S.” (Drama Theatre in Warsaw/Łaźnia Nowa Theatre in Kraków, 2011), “On Being Good” (Drama Theatre in Wałbrzych, 2012), “The Firm” (Nowy Theatre in Poznań, 2012), “Courtney Love” (Polish Theatre in Wrocław, 2012) and “The Curse, Episodes from the Hopeless Time” (IMKA Theatre/Łaźnia Nowa Theatre in Krakow), “The Undivine Comedy: I’M GONNA TELL GOD EVERYTHING!” (Stary Theatre in Kraków). Strzępka is the winner of numerous prizes and awards, amongst them “Polityka” Passport. Her shows won twice the Polish Competition at Divine Comedy International Theatre Festival (in 2010 the best performance title went to “There Was Andrzej Andrzej Andrzej and Andrzej” and in 2011 to “Rainbow Stand 2012”). 

Director of the show: Triumph of the Will