Joanna Grabowiecka

A director. She graduated from Theatre Academy in Warsaw. She also studied at Arts du spectacle at Paris VIII University (in 2005) and Theatre Studies at Jagiellonian University (2005). She graduated from one-year program of stage and prop design, under the supervision of Daniel Louradour (Paris 2002/2003). She directed plays: Wystarczy zasnąć, aby się przebudzić, Migotliwa przestrzeń, Most nad doliną, Ene due rike fake, Gry ekstremalne, Akacje i cynamon. Montaże, Baal and many performative readings. In 2004 she did an internship at Théâtre de la Ville and Comédie Française. She was awarded with the Minster of Culture and National Heritage stipend for the academic year 2008/2009.

Director of the show: Kalkstein / The Black Sun

Ivan Vyrypaev

Ivan Vyrypaev (born in 1974) is a dramaturg, playwright, director, actor, artistic director of Praktika Theatre in Moscow. He graduated from a Theatre School in Irkutsk (acting) and Szczukin Theatre School in Moscow (directing). He worked as an actor in theatres in Magdan and Kamchatka. He created his own Studio called Grame Space in Irkutsk. He founded the artistic agency in Moscow in 2005. And in years 2012-2015 he was the artistic director of Praktika Theatre. He directed such films as (for which he also wrote the scripts): Euphoria, Oxygen, Tanets Delhi and Spasenie.

He directed such theatre plays as: July in Wola Theatre in Warsaw, Tanets Delhi in the National Theatre in Warsaw and Illusions in the National Staty Theatre in Krakow.

His plays are widely known in Poland, including the cultic Oxygen (2002), which has been staged five times in Poland as well as Valentine’s Day (2001), The Book of Genesis number 2 (2004), July (2006), Tantes Delhi (2009), Illusions (2011), UFO (2012) and Drunk (2012).

His plays are staged in England, France, Germany, Czech Republic and Canada. Vyrypaev has won many filmy and theatre awards.

Jacek Kozłowski

He is the co-creator of kabaret Rozmowy w tłoku. His theatre debut was Significant Other: Jesus, Osiecka, Gombrowicz, produced in Wałbrzych. The model of a stand-up developed there, based on biographical fantasies, will have its continuation at Divine Comedy Festival. Kozłowski is a PhD candidate at Polish Culture Institute at Warsaw University and his academic interests are centered around TV shows.

 

Iwona Jera

Born in Poland, but living in Germany since 1984, Iwona Jera is a dramaturg, actress, director and set and costume designer. She’s been working in theatre since 1992, her first play was Richard III made in Erlangen, where in 2008 she staged Ivona, The Princess of Burgundia and a year later a play based on Heinrich Leopold Wagner’s text. She directed a Baroque opera with hip hop dancers titled Donberg Dragon by John Frederick Lampe in Wuppertal and Meat is my vegetable by Heinz Strunk as well as her acclaimed adaptation of Tango by Sławomir Mrożek. She co-directed Michał Walczak’s Polowanie na łosie as a puppet play in Nuremberg. In 2014 she prepared Joanna Staniecka two monodramas: My farm (which premiered at United Solo Theatre Festival in New York City) and Maria Kuncewiczowa’s Cudzoziemka (which premiered at Polish Institute in Dusseldorf). She also directs in Luxemburg. She sings with her own music group and has been living in Berlin. In Poland she directed a play by Falk Richter at Nowy Theatre in Krakow (2009) and Krakow-Berlin XPRS, produced by The National Stary Theatre (2011) as well as Marc Becker’s My w finale 2014 (2012) at Bagatela Theatre. 

Krzysztof Warlikowski

One of the most prominent European directors of his generation. In collaboration with scenic designer Małgorzata Szczęśniak, Warlikowski creates outstanding theatrical images. 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, Theatre Academy 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. Since 2008 he has been the Artistic Director of Nowy Teatr in Warsaw, where he has so far directed five shows: (A)pollonia (2009), The End (2010), African Tales by Shakespeare (2011), Kabaret warszawski (2013) and The French (2015). A separate field of Krzysztof Warlikowski’s work involves opera including collaborations with Warsaw's Teatr Wielki (Poland's National Opera), La Monnaie in Brussels, Teatro Real of Madrid and the Paris National Opera. In 2013 he recieved a high distinction of Commandeur des Arts et Lettres from the French Ambassador in Poland, Pierre Buhle. 

Grzegorz Jarzyna

Grzegorz Jarzyna, born in 1968 in Chorzów, is one of the most popular Polish theatre directors. His work has brought a major braekthrough to the Polish theatre. He graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, and from the Ludwik Solski State Academy of Theatre in Krakow, where he studied directing.  In 1998 he became the Artistic Director of TR Warszawa (former Teatr Rozmaitości), one of the most innovative theatres in Poland, and since 2006 - 2013 he has also been its General Director. Jarzyna has staged classical dramas, reinterpreted in a bold and innovative way (The Tropical Craze based on Witkacy’s play, Magnetism of the Heart based on Aleksander Fredro’s Maiden Vows), adaptations of famous European novels (Doctor Faustus by Thomas Mann, The Price Myshkin based on Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot), world-famous contemporary dramas (Unidentified Human Remains by Brad Fraser, Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis staged in Warsaw and Düsseldorf), as well as operas (Prokofiev’s The Gambler in Opera de Lyon, Maurice Ravel’s The Child and The Spells and Alexander Zemlinsky’s The Dwarf in the Bavarian State Opera). He enjoys combining different genres, which is reflected in the following performances: 2008: Macbeth based on Shakespeare’s drama, movie-like adaptation which takes place on four different sets, and Giovanni based on Wolfgang A. Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Moliere’s Don Juan – performance combining theatre and opera. Jarzyna’s international reputation has been established with invitations to various festivals and guest performances in Europe and all over the world i.a. in Avignon, Edinburgh, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Jerusalem, Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Stockholm, Paris, London, Dublin, Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, Wellington and Hongkong. In June 2008, his Macbeth was staged in New York, where a special kind of stage was built under the Brooklyn Bridge. Jarzyna has authored plenty of adaptations, two plays: Medea Project and Areteia and two librettos for Zygmunt Krauze’s  Yvonne, Princess of Burgundy and The Trap. He has also directed a few TV performances: Witkacy’s The Tropical Craze, History according to Gombrowicz and the TV version of 2008: Macbeth. He participated in the Odyssey Europe project implemented within the framework of The European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010. In 2010, he staged Jean Racine’s Phedre in the Toneelgroep Theatre in Amsterdam. His most recent performances include T.E.O.R.E.M.A.T. based on Pier Paolo Pasolini’s work, No Matter How Hard We Tried by Dorota Masłowska, which premiered in Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz in Berlin as well as Nosferatu inspired by Bram Stoker’s Dracula. He has received many awards and distinctions i.a. the Minister’s of Internal Affairs award for special merits to Poland in the world (2002) and the Golden Order on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of Sankt Petersburg (2004). In 2007, he was granted one of the most prestigious awards of the German-speaking Europe – the Nestroy-Preis – which he received for Medea staged in Burgtheater in Vienna (2006).  In 2013, he was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta by President Komorowski. He was also awarded twice the Konrad Swinarski Award for the Best Director (1999 and 2009).

 

Plays staged at TR Warszawa:

 

- The Tropical Craze, dir. Grzegorz Horst (1997)
- Magnetism of The Heart based on A. Fredro’s Maiden Vows, dir. Sylwia Torsh (1999)
- The Prince Myshkin based on Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot, dir. Mikołaj Warianow (2000)
- The Celebration (Festen), dir. H7 (2001)
- 4.48 Psychosis, dir.: + (2002)
- Risk Everything, dir.: -> (2003)
- Bash, dir. -> (2004)
- 2008: Macbeth, dir. Grzegorz Jarzyna (2005)
- Giovanni based on Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Moliere’s Don Juan, dir. Grzegorz Jarzyna (2006)
- The Lion in Winter, dir. Grzegorz Jarzyna (2007)
- T.E.O.R.E.M.A.T., dir. Grzegorz Jarzyna (2009)
- No Matter How Hard We Tried, dir. Grzegorz Jarzyna (2009)
- Areteia, dir. Grzegorz Jarzyna (2010)
- Nosferatu, dir. Grzegorz Jarzyna (2011)
- The second woman, dir. Grzegorz Jarzyna (2014)
- Martyrs, dir. Grzegorz Jarzyna (2015)

 

Paweł Miśkiewicz

Theatre director and actor. The Artistic Director of Polish Theatre in Wrocław (2000-2004) and General Director of Drama Theatre in Warsaw (2008-2012). The creator of Dramaturgy Forum in Wrocław and baz@rt Intermedia Forum of Theatre in Krakow (2004-2005). He graduated from Theatre Studies at Jagiellonian University and Acting (1989) and Directing Department (1995) at Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Krakow. He was a member of acting cast at The National Stary Theatre in Krakow, which he left in 2000. He made his directorial debut with Waiting for Godot at the State Drama School in Krakow. His following plays include such acclaimed shows as: Breakfast at Tiffany’s based on Truman Capote’s novel, Dans Macabre by August Strindberg, Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen, She by Rafał Maciąg, Art by Yasmina Reza, The Hunger by Knut Hamsun, Rajski ogródek based on the writings by Tadeusz Różewicz, The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov, Klara’s Case By Dea Loher, Płatonow by Anton Chekhov, Niewina by Dea Loher, Auto da fe based on a novel by Elias Canetti, Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen, Przedtem/Potem by Ronald Schimmelpfenning. He is the winner of B. Korzeniewski Award (1995) and Polityka Passport (2001).

Mikołaj Grabowski

Director, professor at Directing Department at Ludwik Solski State Drama School. He was a theatre director in Poznan (Polish Theatre), Krakow (Juliusz Słowacki Theatre), Łódź (Nowy Theatre) and again in Krakow (The National Stary Theatre). He is the author of numerous adaptations of old Polish literature, such as Soplica’s Diary by Henryk Rzewuski, Opis obyczajów by J. Kitowicz (four projects), St. I. Witkiewicz’s Farewell to Autumn, A. Mickiewicz’s Pan Tadeusz and Trans-Atlantic and Wspomnienia polskie by W. Gombrowicz. He directed canonical Polish texts such as: Z. Krasiński’s Irydion, S. Wyspiański’s Liberation and The Wedding, W. Gombrowicz’s The Marriage and Ivona, Princess of Burgundia and Aleksander Fredro’s Damy and Huzary.

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 Directing Department at Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Krakow (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), 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: Jan Gabriel 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.

Iga Gańczarczyk

Dramaturg, director and editor (in Ha!art Corporation she’s the editor-in-chief of the Theatre Line). She graduated from Theatre Studies at Jagiellonian University and dramaturgy at Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Krakow. As a dramaturg she worked with Krystian Lupa (Factory 2, Miasto Snu), Paweł Miśkiewicz (Three Sisters, based on a play by Chekhov), Bruno Lajara (Experience – Nowa Huta), Agnieszka Holland and Anna Smolar (Aktorzy prowincjonalni), Maciej Podstawny (Krety i rajskie ptaki). She directed children plays such as The Wintern Tales at Polish Theatre in Bydgoszcz (awarded with the International Christian Andersen Prize) and plays starring children, such as Piccolo Coro dell’Europa and Apparently, sir, you've never been a 13-year-old girl at Łaźnia Nowa Theatre in Krakow.

 

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 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 and Hamlet.

 

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. 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: Amok. Miss Koma Approaches!

Maciej Wojtyszko

Film and theatre director, writer and playwright. He graduated from Directing Department at Film School in Łódź in 1973. He is the dean and professor at Warsaw Theatre School. He directed dozens of theatre productions, based on the writings of Bernhard, Mrożek and Gombrowicz as well as children plays and TV shows. He directed numerous Bulgakov texts, directed Morphine and a couple of shows for Television Theatre. He is also the author of several theatre plays. His most well-known dramas include: Chryje z Polską, Żelazna konstrukcja, Kraina kłamczuchów and Bulgakov. Some of them are published in his theatre volume: Grzechy Starości. He also published a couple of young adult books. He directed a couple of movies, including: Luiza’s Garden (awarded at Polish Film Festival in Gdynia). He’s a winner of numerous prestigious awards and prizes for his film and theatrical works. Wojtyszko often directs the plays he writes.

Michał Borczuch

Born in 1979 in Kraków. A graduate of the Sculpture Faculty of the Academy of Fine Arts and the Faculty of Theatre Directing at the Academy For Dramatic Arts, and a scholar of The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative Programme for the most promising young artists from all over the world. Most of his works were presented at the Stary Teatr in Kraków, TR Warszawa, and Teatr Polski in Wrocław. During his directorial studies he assisted Kazimierz Kutz and worked with Paweł Miśkiewicz on Innocence by Dea Loher (2004), in which he also acted. 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. In October 2012, he was one of seven theatrical artists from all around the world given an opportunity to demonstrate his work in Venice. He presented an excerpt from Apokalipsa, a play that he has been working on for almost a year with his mentor, Patrice Chéreau. It is based on two novels by Oriana Falacci: Falacci Interviews Herself and Apocalypse and an unfinished triptych Trilogy Of Death by Apocalypse was premiered in 2014 in Nowy Teatr in Warsaw.

Maciej Podstawny

Graduated from Directing Department at Ludwik Solski State Drama School and Philosophy at Jagiellonian University. He directed acting diploma performances – Summer House. Improvisations (Łódź), based on Chekhov and together, with Paweł Miśkiewicz – Rehearsals (Kraków). In Drama Theatre in Warsaw he directed Don Quixote based on Mateusz Pakuła’s play and Krety and rajskie ptaki by Tadeusz Różewicz. He also made Gwałtu… by Aleksander Fredro in Bogłusławski Theatre in Kalisz and Saving in Polish Theatre in Poznań. In 2013 he was awarded with the main prize in a competition for young directors for his play based on Breaking The Waves by Lars von Trier and with the Silesian Golden Mask for a play Sonny, made in Zabrze. In season 2013/14 in Drama Theatre in Wałbrzych, he staged Dekalog: Opowieście plemienne, a revision of the twenty years of Polish political transformation and Jasiu albo Polish Joke in Zabrze. In Kalisz he directed Fantazy based on a text by Juliusz Słowacki, about Polish limitations and aspirations, within the project Klasyka Żywa and Kajzar. Odyseja 1982 as a coproduction of Ludwik Solski Theatre in Tarnów and Współczesny Theatre in Wrocław. He teaches at Directing Department of Ludwik Solski State Drama School. He collaborates with the National Theatre in Warsaw – works on the performative cycle Wielcy niepoważni.

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 is now working on a play Possibility of an Island at TR Warszawa and Death and a Girl in Wałbrzych (February 2016).

Director of the show: dolphin_who_loved_me

Anna Karasińska

She studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Łódź and philosophy at Łódź University. She graduated from directing at Film School in Łódź. Her shorts as well as features and documentaries, were shown at numerous festivals all over the world and won a couple of awards. As a part of the project “Teren TR” in the season 2014/2015, she directed a play titled Ewelina’s Crying at TR Warszawa.

Director of the show: Ewelina’s Crying

Julia Mark

Theatre director. She studied Theatre Studies at Warsaw Theatre School and graduated from Directing Department at Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Krakow. She made her debut with Phedra’s Love by Sarah Kane at Polonia Theatre. Since then she directs at the puppet theatre, where she adapts literary classics for children and adults (Alice in the Wonderland by Lewis Caroll in Bielsko Biała, Peter Pan in Opole) as well as the dramatic theatre (Mateusz Pakuła’s Mój niepokój ma przy sobie broń in Kielce, Maria Spiss’ Zastrzel mnie i weź ze sobą at Nowy Theatre in Kraków). Her latest production is Unreal Story of Jan Karski, based on a play by Szymon Bogacz. Julia Mark won the directing competition organized by Jan Kochanowski Theatre in Opole in 2009 and was awarded for Mój niepokój ma przy sobie broń and nominated  to the Silver Mask for Trzech Mężczyzn w różnym wieku, also based on Szymon Bogacz’s play.

Director of the show: Unreal Story of Jan Karski

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. Anna Smolar is also the translator of the book of Grażyna Jagielska Miłość z kamienia into French.

Director of the show: The Jewish Actors

Remigiusz Brzyk

Theatre director, a graduate from Puppet Department at Ludwik Solski State Drama School, Branch in Wrocław (1995) and Directing Department in Krakow (1998). He won numerous awards for his acclaimed plays: The Crucible, based on Arthur Miller’s text (Stefan Jaracz Theatre in Łódź), Kadisz by Grigorij Gorin (Nowy Theatre in Łódź), Ariano Saussun’s Historia miłosierna, czyli testament psa (Stefan Jaracz Theatre in Łódź) and Vasko Kani’s Brygada szlifierza Karhana (Nowy Theatre in Łódź).

Director of the show: Long Live The War!

Michał Buszewicz

Playwright, dramaturg. He studied Drama Studies at Kraków Jagiellonian University and dramaturgy at Directing Departament at Ludwik Solski State Drama School. Since 2015 he has been working as Head of Dramaturgy Department in National Stary Theatre in Kraków. Buszewicz is one of the most talented theatre makers of his generation. His first adaptations, plays and pieces done with director Ewelina Marciniak gave him recognition and placed him as a strong voice in Polish contemporary theatre. Especially their plays such as Crime and Amateurs, based on Elfriede Jelinek’s novel, gained acclaim and recognition. His plays, such as Mission, were adapted and performed in several theatres, also printed in a major theatre magazine Dialog. Recently, Buszewicz directed his first piece, A Technical Question, a project with theatre technical crew starring in it. He also shot a short movie based on Finnegans wake by James Joyce. Currently, he is working on Possibility of an Island, an adaptation of Michel Houellebecq novel in TR Warszawa.

Director of the show: A Technical Question

Małgorzata Warsicka

Małgorzata Warsicka is finishing her studies at Directing Deprtment at Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Kraków, previously studied Architecture at the Cracow University of Technology. Her debut performance Jakobi and Leidental by H. Levin at Ludwik Solski Theatre in Tarnów was awarded at the Debuts Festival “First Contact” in Toruń in 2015, and the “Forum of Young Directors” in Kraków in 2014. Małgorzata Warsicka directed plays at  Stefan Jaracz Theater in Olsztyn, Studio Theater in Łódź, Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, and the I. J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań. She was also Mariusz Treliński’s assistant in Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera in Warsaw.

Director of the show: The Spirit King

Jerzy Zoń

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. 

 

Director of the show: Peregrinus

Ewelina Marciniak

Stage director, resident of Teatr Wybrzeże. She graduated from Jagiellonian University (faculties: European Studies and Drama Studies) and Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Kraków – Directing Department. One of the most important directors of young generation (b. 1984). Her theatre language is expressive and consistent and her performances are often social topic-sensitive (no matter does she reinterpret The Miser by Moliere or produces modernised plays for children Peter Pan or Mirages. People’s of the East Stories). For some years her name is mentioned among the most important in contemporary Polish theatre. She made her debut in Teatr Polski in Bielsko-Biała and there she directed her breakthrough performance The Crime, based on a mystery novel by W. Gombrowicz (it was presented at the most important festivals, was also awarded at All-Poland Contemporary Polish Play Staging Contest and 11th Festival of World Premieres in Bydgoszcz). In addition, her version of Medea was given Grand Prix at All-Poland Contemporary Monodrama Festival. Marciniak is also the winner of Polish Radio "Third Channel Talent" contest, at which she was recognized for her expressive vision of theatre as well as social and artistic sensitivity. Marciniak is also a director of renowned Women as Lovers (based on a play from Nobel Prize winner E. Jelinek’s prose and one of the biggest theatre events of 2014). Her next big and awarded play is Portrait of a Lady for Wybrzeże Theatre and in preparation courageous Death and the Maiden from Jelinek for Polish Theatre in Wrocław. The director most often works in artistic collectives, cooperates also with stage designer K. Borkowska, "Chłopcy Kontra Basia" band or choreographer D. Knapik. Morphine, based on Sz. Twardoch’s prose, adapted by J. Murawski for Teatr Śląski shown at Divine Comedy Festival, became one of the most important theatre productions of the 2014 and was awarded at contests and festivals in Poland (also three Golden Masks Awards, for directing, acting and honorary mention for music).

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.

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. 

 

 

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 (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. Exhumationat 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). 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).