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, “Przedte/Potem” by Ronald Schimmelpfenning. He is the winner of B. Korzeniewski Award (1995) and Polityka Passport (2001).
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.
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 The 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”.
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 Piero Paolo Pasolini. “Apokalipsa” was premiered in 2014 in Nowy Teatr in Warsaw, for which he won the Divine Comedian statue.
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.
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.
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.
Born in 1979, 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, which was awarded at many different theatre festivals across Poland. Karasińska won the Award for Best Directing for her second piece, titled simply “The Other Show" at the Young Theatre Festival in Koszalin this year.
She graduated from Directing Department at the Theatre Academy in Warsaw and Theatre Studies as well as the Academy of Theatre Practice in Gardzienice. She participated in numerous workshops, including Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richard. She was Ivan Vyrypaev’s assistant on “Delhi Dance” at the National Theatre in Warsaw. Groszyńska received the Minister of Culture Fellowship in 2011. Since 2004 she has been teaching acting workshops, as a part of The International Theatre School Festival. She directed “Karaoke Box” at Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Kraków and “The Doll” at the Polish Theatre in Bielsko-Biała.
He graduated from Polish Studies at Wrocław University. In 2013 Roszkowski was on a fellowship at Carol University in Prague and was attending DAMU- the local theatre school there. Since 2014 he has been studying at the Directing Department at the Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Krakow. In 2015 he directed a play titled “#Peer.10.15”, as a part of a school workshop, later presented at Barakah Theatre in Krakow. In January 2016 he made his official directing debut with “Zinc-Covered Boys” at Jerzy Szaniawski Drama Theatre in Wałbrzych, for which he won the main prize at a festival in Koszalin. He was also awarded with the fellowship given by the Mayor of the City of Wroclaw. He worked as an assistant to directors: Paweł Miśkiewicz and Agnieszka Olsten. He prepared numerous play readings and performances, presented at Malta International Festival in Poznan, to name just one event. He is a member of the artistic collective “Anti-terrain”.
Theatre director. She works in Czech Republic and Poland. She graduated in directing from Theatre Academy in Brno. Within the international residency program, she spent one year at Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Kraków. Laureate of Grand Prix at the International Theatre Schools Festival in Casablanca (FITUC 2008, Morocco) for her show „The Murderers’ Night” which was also presented at the Student Theatre Festival in Hannover. Co-founder of the Czech theatre group D’EPOG which was awarded with „The Hope of 2011” prize at the Independent Theatre Festival Next Wave in Prague. Her last show produced with this group was also presented at the International Theatre Festival ind Edinburgh (2014). Co-founder and director of the International Festival ...jako na smrt! in Prague (2015) - created to unite artists suffering from Alzheimer disease. Peter Zelenka’s, J.A.Pitínski’s and Krzysztof Globisz’s assistant. She made her debut in Stary Theatre in Kraków in 2010 with „Dwanaście stacji” performance based on Tomasz Różycki’s narrative poem. „The Whale The Globe” performance is her 9th work realized together with Polish playwright and dramaturge Mateusz Pakuła. She also translated his plays „Biały Dmuchawiec” and „Miki mister DJ” into Czech language.
Born in 1984. Actor, director and pedagogue from Wrocław, creator of the Cloud Theatre. In his work, he focuses on teaching and researching Michael Chekhov’s acting techniques and analyses them in the light of spiritual and psychological studies. A Witkacy’s „pure form” theory explorer. He graduated from Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Wrocław (2007). He’s an author of few renowned formal experiments in the field of new technologies in theatre. A member of Ad Spectators Theatre from Wrocław. He defends the idea of artist’s existence in the today’s technologically dominated world and explores the trans-human motifs in his art. Creator of „Tech is a Being” concept.
Theatre director. She studied journalism at the University of Warsaw. Graduated in directing at the Directing Department at the Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw. She worked as a spokeswoman for Bunkier Sztuki Gallery in Kraków. She also worked as a radio journalist. Among the most renowned performances she directed, we can enumerate: Solo by Andrzej Stasiuk and Oxygen by Ivan Vyrypaev at Wybrzeże Theatre in Gdańsk, Ontological proof of my existence by Joyce Carol Oates and Miki Mister Dj for Miejski Theatre in Gdynia. Sawmill by Daniel Odija for the Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Cracow, Samsara disco - performance based on Anton Chekhov’s Ivanov and Victor Pelevin’s The Life of Insects - for Polski Theatre in Wrocław, Henrik Ibsen’s Nora and Shakespeare’s Othello for National Theatre in Warsaw, Cascade - show based on Hanoch Levin’s Job’s Passion play - for Stefan Jaracz Theatre in Łódź, Andrew Boyell’s Speaking in tongues, The Valley - based on Olga Tokarczuk’s Prowadź swój pług przez kości umarłych - and Marek Krajewski’s The End of the World in Breslau for Współczesny Theatre in Wrocław, Life of Marian, life show by Sybille Bergfor Musical Theatre „Capitol” in Wrocław.
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.
Graduated from the Acting Department at Ludwik Solski State Drama School in 2009. He starred in diploma plays “The Judges”, directed by Jerzy Stuhr and “The Good Person of Szechwan”, directed by Paweł Miśkiewicz. For both of this roles he won the Main Acting Prize and The Critics’ Award at 26th Theatre School Festival in Łódź. Same year, he received a Creative Fellowship of the City of Kraków and joined the cast of National Stary Theatre in Kraków. As an actor he participated in numerous theatre, film, television and radio projects. He is a finalist and winner of many different competitions and awards, including the prestigious Leon Schiller Award (2014). As a lecturer and instructor he began his career assisting Małgorzata Hajewska-Krzysztofik on a diploma play “Ivona, the Princess of Burgundia” and was a close associate to Jerzy Trela over the next years while teaching and assisting professors at the Acting Department at the Ludwik Solski State Drama School. In 2015 he received a fellowship for Outstanding Young Scholars, given by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. Currently, after receiving a Ph.D. in Theatre Art, he teaches at the same school. His directorial debut was two plays: “Kowboj parówka” (Łaźnia Nowa Theatre) and “Marriage” (Ludwik Solski State Drama School Theatre), both produced in the theatre season 2015/2016.
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.
Director, designer, writer, artist, and founding artistic director of Early Morning Opera, the multidisciplinary performance + art lab behind “HOLOSCENES” and “THE INSTITUTE OF MEMORY (TIMe)”, as well as previous works including “ABACUS” and “A SUICIDE BOMBING BY INVITATION ONLY”. His work has received major support from the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC; Troy, NY), The Whitney Museum (New York) and many other venues in the US. Jan is a past MacDowell and Princeton Atelier Fellow, artist-in-residence at the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, and recipient of the Sherwood and YBCA 100 Awards. He is the son of émigrés from Afghanistan and Poland and is a TED Senior Fellow.
Graduated in psychology from Jagiellonian University in Cracow and in directing from the Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw. During her studies she took part in various workshops and scholarships, f.eg. at Korber Studio Jung Regie at Thalia Theater in Hamburg. Laureate of the French government scholarship. Assistant director in two Krystian Lupa’s performances - „Persona. Marilyn” and „Persona. Simone’s Body”. Her last show „Your Majesty” at the WARSawy theatre was an attempt to challenge the phenomena of the contemporary mountaineering. She also directed „Zażynki” by Anna Wakulik in Polski Theatre in Poznań and Béla Pintér’s „Queen of Cakes” in the Stefan Jaracz Theatre in Olsztyn.
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 "No Matter How Hard We Tried” 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”, HBO tv production „Wataha”.
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.
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”).
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 graduated from Wroclaw brunch of Ludwik Solski State Drama School. She made her stage debut while still in school, playing Laura in “The Glass Menagerie” (dir. D.Starczewski) in Bagatela Theatre, where she works as an actress. Her roles include: Hedda in “Hedda Gabler” (dir. D. Starczewski), Bianka in “Othello” (dir. M. Sobociński), Sonia in “Crime and Punishment” (dir. W. Śmigasiewicz), Adrian in “Midsummer’s Night Dream” (dir. A. Majczak), Karla in “Helver’s Night” (dir. I. Villqist) and the dog and an elderly woman in “Barbelo, on dogs and children” (dir. M. Bogajewska). She played three drastically different types of women in “Układ” (Florence) and “Mephisto” (Barbara), both plays are directed by Michał Kotański and “Dad” (Mommy) by Małgorzata Bogajewska. She also has established herself as a successful singer and participated in the Gala of 26th edition of Stage Songs Review. In collaboration with composer, Piotr Krakowski, she created a musical monodrama, based on texts by Patrycja Babicka – “Pitawal – kryminale historie Krakowa w piosenkach”, which is also her directing debut.
Theatre director, dramaturge, anthropologist. Born in 1981 in Warsaw. Graduate in MISH (Inter-faculty Individual Studies in humanities ). She defended her thesis at the Art Department at PAN (Polish Academy of Science). She’s also an artistic director at the Bogusławski Theatre in Kalisz. She collaborates with playwright Agnieszka Jakimiak, actor Piotr Wawer and composer Krzysztof Kaliski.
Her main fields of interests include the concepts of memory and post-memory, models of deconstruction of myths and legends and ideas behind creation and development of communities. She also focuses on gender and history in her work.
Her most renowned works for the theatre are - ”Jackie” based on Elfriede Jelinek’s play (2008), ”Revenge” by Aleksander Fredro (2009), ”In Desert and Wilderness, by Sienkiewicz and Others” (2011), ”Kama Sutra, Study on Desire” (2011), ”The Country is not Well” (2012). In 2014 she directed ”Genius in a Turtleneck” for National Stary Theatre in Cracow, a play by Agnieszka Jakimiak about legendary Polish director Konrad Swinarski.
An actress, director, theatre teacher; founder and head of the Teatr Figur Kraków group with whom she performed at the most important puppet theatre festivals as well as in the smallest cultural centres in Poland and abroad (including among others Washington, Moscow, Bielsko-Biała, Okulice, Psary, Baghdad, Seoul, Podłęże). At the TFK, she is involved in shadow theatre, children's theatre and art for social causes. Graduated from the theatre studies at the Jagiellonian University, the Centre for Theatre Practices Gardzienice, Figurentheater-kolleg in Bochum. The head of the Małopolska Theatre Institute, an organization promoting theatre in small towns in the region.
Awarded the Bronze Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis. She was distinguished in the "Classics Alive" Competition for the Staging of the Old Works of Polish Literature, for directing the King Matt the First performance. Received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture in 2016.
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.
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 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) 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) and “An Enemy of the People”, based on Henrik Ibsen’s play.
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.
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.