Marcin Liber

Marcin Liber (1970) – 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). In 2012 Liber got awarded with Konrad Laur, during this artistic season – with a prize for directing of his latest show – For God’s Sake!. 

Director of the show: DANTESQUE SCENES #9

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 has prepared the set design for all her productions. Her credits include: Sinful Childhood after Mark Twain, Debauchery and The Chosen after Jean Genet, Prze(d)stawienie by T. Dorst and U. Ehler, and recently 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 sacrum and the profanum. Galgenberg after M. de Ghelderode is Agata Duda-Gracz's latest production 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, AgataDuda-Gracz has created an original adaptation of his works. The most interesting threads, selected from The Travels of Master Kościej and The Women at the Tomb combine into a coherent whole, the topic of which is the sinful nature of humanity and the omnipresent fear of death.

Director of the show: I, Pierre Riviere..., DANTESQUE SCENES #1

Jan Klata

Jan Klata (1973) 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 attractive stages, including TR Warszawa, the Stary Theatre in Kraków, the Polski Theatre in Wrocław, and the Polski Theatre in Bydgoszcz. In 2006, Klata received the Passport of Polityka Weekly 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 January 2013 Klata became the Artistic Director of Stary Theatre in Krakow where he has directed such shows as: Philip K. Dick’s Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (2006), Aeschylus’ Oresteia (2007), The Trilogy (2009) after Henryk Sienkiewicz, Roman Jaworski’s Wesele Hrabiego Orgaza (2010), The Secret Agent after Joseph Conrad and August Strindberg’s The Road to Damascus (2013).

Maja Kleczewska

Maja Kleczewska - A 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. 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, the Passport of Polityka Weekly (2007).

Director of the show: Winter Journey, DANTESQUE SCENES #4

Ewelina Marciniak

director, student at the Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Krakow, graduate of Drama Studies and European Studies at Jagiellonian University. Her first performance, The New Deliverance, based on a play by S.I. Witkiewicz’s (2010), produced at the invitation of the actors of the Kontrast Centre for Arts and the Teatr Polski in Bielsko-Biała, was awarded a prize for direction at the second m-teatr Young People Confrontations in Koszalin. In 2011, she prepared Crime by Michał Buszewicz for the Polish Theatre in Bielsko-Biała, for which she was awarded the prize for direction at the 18th All-Poland Contest for the Staging of a Contemporary Polish Play; the performance was also selected as the best performance of the contest. At the National Stary Theatre in Krakow she directed Death and Resurrection of the World by Nis-Momme Stockman, a well-known German playwright of the young generation (Polish premiere: 28th September 2012). Ewelina Marciniak was also an assistant to Anna Augustynowicz in the production of The Sunken Cathedral by Gert Jonke, to Bogdan Hussakowski in the production of Philosophy in the Bedroom by Marquis de Sade, and to Paweł Miśkiewicz in the production of The Seagull by Chekhov. In 2011 and 2012, she coordinated the Summer Theatre project sponsored by the Theatre Institute; she also prepared the reading of An Outline of a Love Story at the TR in Warsaw. In June 2012, at the Bałtycki Teatr Dramatyczny in Koszalin, she directed A Woman from Before by Roland Schimmelpfennig. The Medea monodrama she produced for the Drama Laboratory in Warsaw (written by Magdalena Marciniak, performed by Julia Wyszyńska) won the Grand Prix of the 9th All-Poland Review of Modern Monodrama. In June 2012, Ewelina Marciniak was selected a Polish Radio Programme 3 Talent, while the Jury of the Bydgoszcz Premiere Festival awarded her with a prize for the direction of Crime, which recently had a successful, sold-out run at the theatre festival in Southern Korea called Seoul Performing Arts Festival 2013.

Director of the show: Women as Lovers, DANTESQUE SCENES #7

Kornél Mundruczó

Film director, screenwriter and actor. Kornél Mundruczó was born in Hungary in 1975. He studied at the Hungarian University of Film and Drama and is now a renowned European film-director, whose films premier at the most prestigious festivals all over the world. After a short film (AFTA, 2001), he directed four features films (Pleasant days, 2002, Johanna, 2005, Delta, 2008; The Frankenstein-Project, 2010) and won various awards in famous festivals. His latest film The Frankenstein-Project premiered in the Official Selection of Cannes 2010. Since 2003, he has also been working for the stage with Krétakör Theatre, Thalia Theater Hamburg and Schauspiel Hannover among others. He has four performances running in theater at the moment: The Ice from Sorokin in the National Theatre of Hungary, The Frankenstein-project, and the international coproduction Hard to be a god touring on theatre festivals worldwide and his latest theatre work Eszter Solymosi of Tiszaeszlar in Schauspiel Hannover.

Director of the show: The Bat, DANTESQUE SCENES #3

Paweł Passini

Paweł Passini (1977) - Theatre director. Graduate from the Faculty of Direction at Warsaw’s Theatre Academy. Earlier he had also studied Philosophy and Cultural Studies at the University of Warsaw. His diploma production was Shalom Anski’s Dybbuk at Poznań’s Nowy Theatre. He has links with the Gardzienice Centre for Theatrical Practice and Jerzy Grotowski’s Centre for the Investigation of Creativity in Wrocław. He has worked in Israel, Finland, Belgium, Germany and Romania, and has also had episodes of acting during his career. He has directed Witold Gombrowicz’s Crime With Malice Aforethought at the Miejski Theatre in Gdynia, StanisławWyspiański's The Curse and Euripides’ Iphigeneia at Aulis at the Kochanowski Theatre in Opole, Juliusz Słowacki’s Kordian at the Polish Theatre in Warsaw and Amszel Kafka (co-authorship with Tomasz Gwiciński) at the Polish Theatre in Wrocław. On August 1st 2008 at the Museum of the Warsaw Uprising he produced Hamlet 44 after Shakespeare. In 2007 for Kraków’s Łaźnia Nowa Theatre he directed Rest. It is the first show performed live on the internet. Internet theatre is the director’s latest project, which he started up together with the Chorea Theatrical Association (www.nettheatre.pl). In the Chorea Association there was also another show in 2007 by Passini – Szczeźli, based  on texts by Tadeusz Kantor. Recently, the director produced one part of the Nothing Human triptych (2008) for the Scena Prapremier InVitro in Lublin. He has been awarded grants from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, he is the winner of a Golden Mask for the best show of the 2005/06 season for Iphigeneia at Aulis and the First Prize at the 29th Opole Festival of Confrontations with the Classics for his direction of The Curse

Director of the show: Morrison/Sonofdeath, DANTESQUE SCENES #5

Wiktor Rubin

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 Krakow. 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 dramas: James Bond-Pigs Do Not See Stars (2010) at the Szaniawski Drama Theatre in Wałbrzych and Joanna the Mad; Queen (2011) and Ophelia (2011) at William Horzyca Theatre in Toruń and Michael J. Said at the Wybrzeże Theatre in Gdańsk. 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.

Director of the show: Catherine the Great, DANTESQUE SCENES #6

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. While a student, Lupa developed a professional relationship with Konrad Swinarski, attending his classes in play analysis and serving as his assistant on a production of Hamlet at the Stary Theatre in Krakow. Lupa has admitted that Swinarski taught him to explore the meaning of individual scenes and to work with actors. As a student, the director was also fascinated by the theatre of Tadeusz Kanto and the function of the actor in the stage reality devised by Kantor. 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. The official premiere staging of the play took place at the Theatre de la Ville in Paris.

Director of the show: Swimming Pool

Radek Rychcik

Radek Rychcik (1981) studied at Warsaw University and at the Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Cracow. He belongs to the youngest generation of artists who participate in shaping the contemporary theatre discourse in Poland. He started his career as an assistant of the renowned director Krystian Lupa at the production Factory 2, later staged several theatre pieces in a number of Polish theatres. He markedly attracted attention with the production of In the Solitude of Cotton Fields by Bernard-Marie Koltès which was performed at many festivals all over the world (RED CAT in Los Angeles, On the Boards in Seattle, Under the Radar in New York, PuSH Festival in Vancouver, Santiago a Mil Festival in Chile, PAMS in Soule and elsewhere). For the production Łysek of Ida Board (2010) he received the most prestigious Polish award for direction the “Laur Konrada”, for his Hamlet (2011) he got the Grand Prix of the 14thShakespeare’s Festival in Gdansk.

Director of the show: Devil, DANTESQUE SCENES #8

Aleksandra Popławska

director of "Circle of Faith"

Actress and director. Her shows have been awarded many times. She received a very prestigous "Feliks Warszawski" award for the best directing of the 2010 season (Portnoy's Complaint - produced at Teatr Konsekwentny), the main award at the Festival of Comtemporary Dramas R@port (General - produced at IMKA Theatre) and the honorable mention for the directing at 18th National Contest of Contemporary Drama Staging (General - produced at IMKA Theatre). Her shows have been awarded in almost every category. For the best stage design, the best music and the best performances (Marek Kalita, Anna Smołowik). As an actrees she worked with Grzegorz Jarzyna, Agnieszka Glińska and Paweł Miśkiewicz. She's been given many actress's awards, e.g. for the Little Metal Girl in  Dorota Masłowska's "All is well here" directed by Grzegorz Jarzyna or for Beli Berlo part in Levin's The Rubber Merchants (IMKA Theatre). She also acted in many film productions, e.g. in Australia  by Ami Drozd and a French movie L'infinitre. She's been also working with Andrzej Wajda on his project I była miłość w Getcie and she takes part in the HBO tv production Wataha.

Director of the show: Circle of Fifths, Dogville

Dariusz Starczewski

He studied law at the Jagiellonan University. He gratuated from Ludwik Solski Drama School in Cracow. He's a co-founder of Rafał Kmita Group. He works at Bagatela Teatr in Kraków. As a director, he made the debut in 2004 with The Glass Menagerie by Tennesse Williams. He directed A streetcar named desireRussiam roulette and A Midsummer Nignt's Dream. He's a PHD student at the Academy of Theatre in Warsaw. He co-founded the private theatre "art to go" which was inaugurated in 2013. 

Director of the show: Slipped Disc

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 included Anna Bednarska’s Z twarzą przy ścianie (Polish Theatre in Bydgoszcz). A year later she was working for the Wybrzeże Theatre in Gdańsk, where she directed Shex 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) and Courtney Love (Polish Theatre in Wrocław, 2012). Strzępka is a winner of numerous prizes and awards, amongst them Polityka Weekly Passport. Her shows won twice the Polish Contest 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). 

Paweł Szarek

A director, scriptwriter and composer. In addition to theatrical productions he directs musical shows and video clips. He is also an organiser of cultural events and musical producer. The companies Szarek has worked with include Groteska, Ludowy and Nowy in Cracow, Solski Theatre in Tarnów and many others. He is the founder, long-time artistic director and producer of concerts of the Śmiałek rock band, founded in 2005 in Cracow; author of a musical project entitled Melancolia: project Miciński, which revives the works of a Young Poland poet, Tadeusz Miciński. A true fan of and expert on the Weimar cabaret, Dadaism, the inter-war period and industrial music.

Director of the show: Macabra Dolorosa

Wojciech Kościelniak

Director, actor and educationist. He graduated from Ludwik Solski Drama School in Breslau. During his studies, he acted on variuos Polish stages (Norwid Theatre in Jelenia Góra, Polski Theatre in Wrocław). Since 1995 he became interested in directing. From 2002 to 2006 he's been managing The Musical Theatre Capitol. In 2006 he was director of 27th Actor's Songs Review. He collaborated with Musical Theatre in Gdynia where he directed a very well acclaimed Hair musical and  A Midsummer Night's Dream. He's a co-founder of PUB 700 organization. He directed e.g. Mandarynki i pomarańcze by Julian Tuwim, Galeria - a Jacek Kaczmarski recital and Chłopi

Director of the show: Niech no tylko zakwitną jabłonie

Bartosz Szydłowski

Bartosz Szydłowski is the Artistic Director of the Divine Comedy Festival, but also a theatre director who is in charge of the Nowa Huta Łaźnia Nowa Theatre. He is also the founder of Krakow’s independent Theatre Association "Łaźnia". Born in 1968 in Wrocław, he is a graduate of film studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and theatre direction at The Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Krakow (PWST). In 1996 Szydłowski founded the "Łaźnia" Theatre Association, an independent theatre, which has been involved in interdisciplinary cultural activities since its inception. The theatre has worked on the preparation of various social and educational projects and is strongly involved in the life of the local community. Szydłowski has mostly staged contemporary plays, such as Tankred Dorst’s Herr Paul (1999) and Sławomir Mrożek’s The Party (2000). In 2001, he staged the first Polish performance of Sarah Kane’s Phaedra’s Love and, in 2002, The Tattoo by Dea Loher. The theatre gave performances based on the plays of contemporary Polish playwrights Paweł Jurek, such as The Rabies Show and Cool People (2003) and the Porno Generation (2003). In 2005, Szydłowski moved his work to Nowa Huta, creating one of the most dynamic theatrical institutions in Poland. His shows include Oedipus – a sentimental tragedy with Nowa Huta in the background (2006) and A bloody wedding that is a musical story about gypsy heart, loosely based on Garcia Lorca’s play (2007). In 2009 he directed at Łaźnia Nowa The Morality of Mrs Dulska, or in search of the lost chakra. Participating in the celebrations of the 80th birthday of Sławomir Mrożek, Szydłowski directed a play, based on a short story Fakir (2010, which transmuted into a separate project Fakir or Optimism (2011) while working with amateur actors from Nowa Huta neighborhoods. In 2011 he prepared the biggest production in the history of Łaźnia Nowa Theatre – Enter the Dragon. Trailer, starring acclaimed actors and martial arts champions. His show Anti-Annunciation (2012) is a coproduction between Łaźnia Nowa and Wrocław Doll Theatre. Szydłowski was awarded Silver Gloria Artis Medal for Merit to Culture from the Minister of Culture and Golden Lauer for the mastery in art and in directing. 

Director of the show: The Mission Fun Club

Krzysztof Warlikowski

Krzysztof Warlikowski (1962) is one of the most prominent European directors of his generation. In collaboration with scenic designer Małgorzata Szczęśniak, Warlikowski creates outstanding theatrical images. Through his work process, he leads his actors to reach the deepest layers of their creativity. He has directed over forty theatre and opera productions in Poland and abroad: in Israel, Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, Spain and Holland. He completed his studies at the Jagiellonian University, Thea Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Krakow and at the Sorbonne University as an assistant to Krystian Lupa, Giorgio Strehler, Ingmar Bergman, and Peter Brook.He has a versatile body of work – from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, The Winter’s Tale, and Hamlet; to Sophocles’ Electra and Euripides’ The Phoenicians and The Bacchae; to Verdi’s Don Carlos. He is best known for his staging of modern plays, including Franz Kafka’s The Trial and Bernard-Marie Koltès’ Roberto Zucco and Quai Ouest. His 2002 production of Sarah Kane’s Cleansed at the Festival d’Avignon and the Festival de Théâtre des Amériques in Montreal received wide acclaim. Among his most famous productions are also The Dybbuk after S. An-ski and Hanna Krall which was presented at BAM’s 2004 Next Wave Festival, and Hanoch Levin's Krum which was presented at BAM in 2007. Both of these productions premiered at TR Warszawa, the theater he collaborated with from 1999 until 2007. In 2007 he returned to the Festival d’Avignon directing Tony Kushner’s Angels in America with TR Warszawa. He is Artistic Director of Nowy Teatr in Warsaw.A separate field of Krzysztof Warlikowski’s work involves opera including collaborations with Warsaw's Teatr Wielki (Poland's National Opera) and the Paris National Opera. In  2008 Warlikowski, together with a group of collaborators, opened his own theatre, Nowy Teatr. Warlikowski inagurated the Nowy Teatr in Warsaw with a performance of (A)pollonia. The world premiere took place in May 2009 in Warsaw. It was the only Polish performance being shown at the prestigious Festival d’Avignon 2009.Warlikowski is a winner of numerous awards, including Polityka Weekly's Passport for 2002, Golden Yorick award of the Theatrum Gedanense Foundation for the best Shakespeare production (2003) and the Award of the French Theatre Critics' Union, both in 2003 for TR Warszawa’s production of Sarah Kane's Cleansed, judged to be the best foreign language production to be presented in France during the 2002/03 season. He was honored by the Theatre Critics' Section of the Polish branch of the International Theatre Institute for popularizing Polish theatrical culture abroad.In 2004 he received the French title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et de Lettres and the Diploma of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland for his distinguished service to Poland abroad. In 2006 he received the prestigious Meyerhold Award in Moscow, and in April 2008, the X Europe Prize New Theatrical Realities in Thessaloniki, Greece. In May 2008 New York’s Village Voice gave Krzysztof Warlikowski its Obie Award for the direction of Krum by Hanoch Levin, presented by TR Warszawa at BAM’s 25th Next Wave Festival. He was awarded a prize “Golden Mask” for the best foreign performance shown in Russia in 2011. In May 2012 Warlikowski was honored by the international jury chaired by Gerard Mortier of The Diagilev Award in Perm for the performance African Tales by Shakespeare. In 2013 he received a high distinction of Commandeur des Arts et Lettres from the French Ambassador in Poland, Pierre Buhle. 

Director of the show: Kabaret warszawski, DANTESQUE SCENES #12

Michał Zadara

Michał Zadara (1976) theatre director, known for his innovative approach to classical Polish literature and design of complex theatrical systems for original, site-specific stagings (Hotel Savoy in Łódź, The Warsaw Rising Museum) He studied Theatre and Political Science at Swarthmore College, Oceanography at Woods Hole, Directing in Krakow, after which he worked as an assistant for set designer Małgorzata Szczęśniak, and directors Kazimierz Kutz, Jan Peszek and Armin Petras. Since 2004, he has directed at the following theatres: Wybrzeże in Gdańsk (Danzig), National Stary Theatre in Krakow, Współczesny in Wrocław (Breslau), the National Theatre in Warsaw, Współczesny in Szczecin, Maxim Gorki in Berlin, National HaBima Theatre in Tel Aviv, Schauspielhaus in Vienna; and Capitol Music Theatre in Wrocław. He received the Polityka Passport, the most prestigious cultural prize in Poland, in 2007. He has also directed independent films and made video installations. In 2012, the Museum of the Warsaw Rising commissioned a public monument commemorating the civilian victims of the Warsaw rising from him. He writes a political column for www.krytykapolityczna.pl. In October 2013, he directed the world premiere of Biljana Srbljanovic's new play PRINCIP in Vienna. 

Director of the show: Chopin Without Piano, DANTESQUE SCENES #2