Yana Ross grew up in Latvia and spent her childhood between Europe, Russia and USA. After graduation with an MFA from Yale School of Drama in 2006, Ross collaborated with Nobel laureate, Elfriede Jelinek, directing her plays Sleeping Beauty and Bambiland. She continues to work internationally from Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz to Seoul Performing Arts Festival in South Korea. Ross is a recipient of a prestigious Fulbright Fellowship. She served as a managing editor at Yale Theater magazine on a special volume: Russian Theater of the 21st Century, for which she received John Gassner Memorial prize. She is a resident director at the National Theater, Lithuania 2006-present.
Director, playwright, librettist, music composer. Since 1998 – Artistic Director of TR Warsaw Theatre and – since 2006 – its Head Director. He studied philosophy at Jagiellonian University and direction and State Drama School in Cracow. Jarzyna’s shows are invited to many festivals in Europe and the world; Avignon, Edinburgh, Moscow, Berlin, Vienna, Stockholm, London, Jerusalem, Toronto, Wellingthon, London, New York. His last shows are: T.E.O.R.E.M.A.T. based on Pier Paolo Pasolini work (2009), No Matter How Hard We Tried by Dorota Masłowska which premiered at Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz in Berlin (2009), Areteia, show produced within the framework of Odyseja Europa project and prepared as the part of European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010 project. In 2010 he produced Pheadra by Jean Racine in Toneelgroep theatre in Amsterdam. In 2011 he directed Nosferatu at TR Warsaw.
Theatre director. He graduated from Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Cracow. He also studied philosophy at University of Warsaw. He worked with many famous directors like: Jerzy Jarocki, Andrzej Wajda, Jerzy Goliński, Mikołaj Grabowski, Krystian Lupa, Andrzej Seweryn, Rudolf Zioło and Achim Freyera. He made his direction debut in 2003 with Some Explicit Polaroids by Mark Ravenhill in National Stary Theatre in Cracow. His most important productions are: Speaking in tongues in National Stary Theatre in Cracow (2006), Loretta in Wybrzeże Theatre, In Hora Mortis in Studio Theatre in Warsaw and Don Juan in C.K. Norwid Theatre in Jelenia Góra.
Dramatist, theatre director, lecturer of National Drama School, editor of Linia Teatralna series. She collaborated with Krystian Lupa, Paweł Miśkiewicz, Bruno Lajara and Agnieszka Holland. Her most famous shows are: Burnt Offering in Nowy Theatre in Cracow, W małym dworku in Kochanowski Theatre in Opole, Winter stories in Teatr Polski in Bydgoszcz. Her show Not me, realised in collaboration with D. Knapik and A. Gryka, received a Grand Prix at 32th Actor’s Song Review in Wrocław. In Laznia Nowa theatre she created two shows based on her own screenplays: Piccolo Coro dell’Europa and You've clearly never been a 13-year-old girl, sir.
Theatre director. Since 1992, Head Director of Stefan Żeromski Theatre in Kielce. He graduated from Polish Literature Studies at Jagiellonian University. He also studied direction at The Theatre Academy in Warsaw. He specializes in modern drama but he's also famous for his striking interpretations of the classics. He was involved with the students’ theatre. In the mid 70’s he founded groups Judas and Fantastron. In 1979 he re-activated famous experimental 38 Theatre in Cracow and managed it for thirteen years. He directed, wrote the scripts and starred in its plays. His most famous performances directed at the 38 Theatre are Beckett (1979), based on the texts by the Irish Nobel Prize winner and The Trial (1981), based on Franz Kafka’s writings. Simultaneously, he worked at the repertoire theatres. He has directed over fifty performances, produced by The National Old Theatre in Krakow and such distinguished stages as theatres in Olsztyn, Szczecin and last, but not least, Kielce.
Theatre director, stage designer. He studies Polish literature and direction at National Drama School in Cracow. After graduation, he worker at National Stary Theatre in Cracow. He made his debut in 1983 with the show Rdza based on Andrzej Bursa’s novels. In 1985 Dziuk and other graduates from National Drama School – Julia Wernio, Dorota Ficoń, Karina Krzywicka, Marta Szmigielska, Piotr Dąbrowski, Andrzej Jesionka, Krzysztof Łakomik, Krzysztof Najbor and Piotr Sambor moved to Zakopane where they established the Witkacy theatre. The theatre became very famous all over Poland. They were remarked by the critics and the audience that loved this new place on the theatrical map of Poland. In his works, Dziuk focuses on pageantry and wonder. He reconstructs the space for every show, changes the audience place. In the same time, his visions are based on a direct contact which uses very expressive and emotional acting.
Polish actor, director, translator. He works for theatre, film and television. Graduated from National Drama School in Cracow. Since 2008, he has been working for Nowy Theatre in Warsaw.
Theatre director. She works in Poland and Czech Republic. Graduate from Direction at Theatre Academy in Brno. Within the framework of the international internship, she spent one year (2007/2008) at Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Cracow. Laureate of Grand Prix at International Festival of Drama Schools in Casablanca for her show Night of murders which was also presented at Student Festival in Hannover. Co-founder of Czech theatre group D’EPOG which was awarded with “Hope of 2011” prize at the Festival of Independent Theatres Next Wave in Prague. Her last show - Šest miliard Sluncí was presented at Theatre Festival in Edinburgh (2014). Rysová is also a founder and director of International Festival BLACK HOLES in Prague which gathers people who suffer from Alzheimer disease. She was Peter Zelenka’s, J.A. Pitínski’s and Krzysztof Globisz’s assistant. She made her debut in National Stary Theatre in Cracow with the Dwanaście stacji show. Hard gat, dead world is her sixth show produced in Poland (premiere at Żeromski Theatre in Kielce in 204) which was co-produced with Mateusz Pakuła. She translated into Czech two of Pakuła’s plays : Biały dmuchawiec and Miki mister DJ.
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 State Drama School in Cracow. 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 National Old Theatre in Krakow he directed Poczet Królów Polskich. His latest shows are Kamienne Niebo Zamiast Gwiazd, Sexual Life of the Savages and Kronos.
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 Old Theatre in Cracow. 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.
Co-founder and director of KTO Theatre (since 1978). Founder and director of International Festival of Street Theatres in Cracow. Artistic director of C.K. Norwid Theatre in Jelenia Góra (1988-1993). Director and producer of open-air shows and other international theatrical projects. Awarded with Gold and Silver Cross of Merit. During his 38-year long work for the KTO Theatre, he directed several dozen of street and theatre shows which were presented at international festivals (including: Paradis, The Mirror, I’ll Sell a House in Which I Can Live No More, Chorus of Orphans) that were presented during over 250 international trips, on five continents, in over 40 countries, for almost 2 million people. His biggest open-air show is Hello Mr Jo for the French Theatre Jo Bithume (more than 150, 000 spectators), Vivat Academia (8,000 spectators) and Cantata (a millennium New Year’s Eve show aired on BBC and watched in over 120 countries). The most interesting international projects realized by Jerzy Zoń in the last years include: a collaboration with the Norwegian Opera House (the performance Operation Opera); participation in the program Polish Presidency (presentations of The Blind in Berlin, Minsk and Kiev); participation in the prestigious Fringe Festival in 2012 in Edinburgh (nomination for the Total Theatre Award). Jerzy Zoń is famous for his characteristic, non-verbal theatre language, a trade mark of the KTO Theatre and a source of its international successes.
She studied law at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, acting at Poznan Academy of Visual Arts and scriptwriting at Camerimage Film School in Toruń. She graduated from Drama Directing at Aleksander Zelwerowicz Theatre Academy in Warsaw (2002). In the years 2004-2006 she was an Artistic Director of the Dramatic Stage at Norwid Theatre in Jelenia Góra. She was an assistant director for Lupa, Cieplak and Cywińska. Her stage debut was Lukosz’s Powrót. Her work as a director includes: Modzelewski’s The Touch and Vyrypaev’s The Oxygen at Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw, Żujew’s Osaczeni, Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof produced by Jaracz Theatre in Łódź and Amanita Muskaria’s Daily Soup, made at The National Theatre in Warsaw. Her latest shows are Three Sisters, directed at Drama Theatre in Warsaw and Ich czworo, directed at Jaracz Theatre in Łódź.
He graduated from Drama Directing Department at Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Cracow and Fine Arts Academy in Cracow. Last year, he was awarded with a stipend sponsored by a prestigious program „The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative”, for the most talented young artists from all over the world. Borczuch directed most of his performances at The National Old Theatre in Cracow, including: Aleksander Fredro’s Wielki człowiek do małych interesów, Paweł Sala’s Ciemno wszędzie, Frank Wedekind’s Lulu, J.W.Goethe’s Werter and Brand. The City. The Chosen, based on Ibsen’s play. He also directed George Buchner’s Leonce and Lena at Drama Theatre in Warsaw, Oscar Wild’s The Portrait of Dorian Gray and Witkacy’s Metaphysics of a Two-Headed Calf, produced at TR Warsaw, in Polish Theatre in Wrocław Borczuch directed a play inspired by Freud’s writings, titled Hans, Dora and The Wolf and at Schauspielhaus in Dusseldorf – Svetlana Aleksiejewicz’s War Is Not a Female Thing. The director is not interested in the so-called “big narrations” and important problems. He rather sticks to the everyday, the private and in these very spheres, he reveals experiences of death, weakness, auto-destruction, at the same time maintaining the ironic perspective; he believes in the ugly more than the beautiful and avoids every possible kind of dogmatism.
Actor, director, script writer. Since 1998, he has been the Artistic Director of the Groteska Theatre. Graduate of Drama Directing at the Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Krakow. To date, he has directed 60 performances at Scena STU Theatre, The National Old Theatre, Presov Theatre (Slovakia), Jo Bithume Theatre (France), KTO and Groteska Theatre. His performances have been shown at a number of international festivals. He was the initiator and creator of the 14th edition of the Great Dragon Parade, which has been presented in Ireland, Norway, Czech Republic and People's Republic of China. He is also the initiator and Art Director of the Materia Prima International Form Theatre Festival.
Polish director, choreographer, performer and musician. He directed Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow, in which he cast four Polish cleaners. The production received significant awards from the magazines “Theater Heute” and “Falter” (Best Young Director and the Best Off Production in 2009 in Austria). He directed renowned musical productions by Capella Cracoviensis: the stage production of Monteverdi’s madrigals bar.oque feast in a milk bar in Cracow, the show Naturists composed of Mendelssohn’s songs in Wolski Forest and Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice. In collaboration with Jan Peszek’s, he directed Hamlet with the dance students from Theatre Academy in Cracow. Two of his projects, Last Temptation of Saint Bernardette and Dance Tetralogy, were presented in theatres and at festivals in Austria, Switzerland and the Great Britain. As a choreographer he worked with such directors as: Katarzyna Szyngiera, Monika Strzępka, Wiktor Rubin, Maja Kleczewska, Bartosz Szydłowski and Eva Rysova. He teaches at the Vocal Faculty of the Academy of Music in Wrocław. As a performer, actor and dancer he worked with Toxic Dreams, Joachim Robbrecht, Andrea Bold, Willi Dorner, Anna Tenta, cie, sans filtre, Catherine Guerin.
Paweł Wolak, Katarzyna Dworak-Wolak
They have been married since 1998. Since the beginning of their artistic career, they have been involved with Helena Modjeska Theatre in Legnica (Katarzyna starting from 1996, Paweł from 1997). They are employed as the actors. They have starred in over seventy performances and won numerous individual as well as cast awards. The most acclaimed plays they starred in include: The Evil, dir. Jacek Głomb, Zakaczawie Ballad, dir. Jacek Głomb, MADE IN POLAND, dir. Przemysław Wojcieszek, Personal Jesus, dir. Przemysław Wojcieszek, 3 Furies, dir. Marcin Liber, The Forefathers’ Eve, dir. Lech Raczak. In 2007 they wrote their first play called Sami, about a married couple who moves to the countryside, which they directed in 2008 in Legnica Theatre. The performance was awarded for text, direction and acting at TALIA Festival. In 2010 they wrote another play titled Pracapospolita, czyli tacy sami, staged in 2010 in Legnica. In 2013 they wrote The Slippery Grass Road… . They write and direct all the plays together. The go by the name PiK (an acronym from their first names – Paweł and Kasia).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).