Remigiusz Brzyk

 

A theatre director, a graduate of the Faculty of Puppetry at the Theatre Academy in Wrocław and the Faculty of Drama Directing of the Theatre Academy in Kraków, where he was a student of Krystian Lupa. Brzyk has directed more than 40 dramas in Kraków, Łódź, Warsaw, Wrocław, Kalisz, Gdańsk, Sosnowie, Poznań, and Bydgoszcz, drawing both from the great classics of literature and contemporary texts. He has won numerous prizes, notably Laur Konrada and the Audience Award at the 4th Interpretations National Festival of the Art of Directing for directing Arthur Miller’s “The Witches of Salem” at the Stefan Jaracz Theatre in Łódź, the prize for best set design to Tomasz Śpiewak’s “Korzeniec” at the 14th Two Theatres Festival of the Theatre of Polish Radio and the Theatre of Polish Television, the Laur Konrada for Tomasz Śpiewak’s “A Horse, a Woman, and a Canary” at the 16th Interpretations National Festival of the Art of Directing in Katowice, honourable mentions from the Jury of the 23rd National Competition for Staging a Polish Drama for directing “Siódemka”, winner of four Golden Masks in Łódź, recipient of the Honorary Medal of the Uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto.

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Fot. Bartłomiej Górniak

Director of the show: 1946

Jacek Głomb

Theatre director. Since 1994, Director of The Modjeska Theatre in Legnica. His theatre is involved in matters of politics, society and community, and often performed in physically and culturally degraded buildings. Głomb works in Poland and abroad (Lithuania, Georgia, Macedonia), and his most important productions include “Bad” (based on Tyrmand), “Ballad of the Zakaczawie”, “Coriolanus”, “Hamlet, Prince of Denmark”, “Saul”, “Killing Gomułka” (based on Pilch), “Othello”, “Lemko”, “Orchestra”, “Kokolobolo”, and “The Impostor Tsar”. He also directed “Rises and Falls of the City” (2005) and “Orchestra” (2013) for the Television Theatre, and a feature film “Operation Danube” (2009). Winner of numerous awards, including Konrad Swinarski Prize (2001). Under his lead, the Modjeska Theatre has performed among others in the United Kingdom (Fringe Festival in Edinburgh), the US, Turkey, Argentine, and Russia (including Siberia). The European Parliament presented Jacek Głomb with the European Citizens’ Prize for civil activity and especially the support of national minorities (2013).

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Fot. Waldemar Gorlewski

Director of the show: The Possessed

Michał Borczuch

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

Director of the show: Black Parrots, Frogs, Komodo Dragons

Marcin Wierzchowski

Theatre director, dramaturge, author of various theatre plays – mostly created for his own performances. In the Łaźnia 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”). In 2017 his play “The Secret Life of the Friedmans” won the Divine Comedy.

Director of the show: Disgrace

Bartosz Szydłowski

Director, culture manager, initiator of a plethora of cultural ideas which not only manage to inspire others, but also be completed in the real world. Eleven years ago, Szydłowski created the proprietary formula of the Divine Comedy International Theatre Festival, which has evolved under his lead into the most important theatre event in Poland. Fourteen years ago, with Małgorzata Szydłowska, he invented Łaźnia Nowa, thus creating a theatre offering a unique mix of social involvement and ambitious artistic programme. Twenty-two years ago, the two set up the Łaźnia Theatre Association, one of the crucial independent locations in the Kraków of the 1990s. Szydłowski is connected to the Słowacki Theatre in Kraków, where he is responsible for programme guidance.
Szydłowski believes that artists have a particular responsibility, especially in a world of ever more rife technocracy, anti-humanism, and offensive lack of sensitivity. He identifies himself with the stigmatised and marginalised district of Nowa Huta. As this is where he grew up, he finds the persistent stimulation of energy and potential of the district his mission. Szydłowski has worked out his proprietary style of working with actors and amateurs. His projects always make a strong reference to the social context. He has directed, among others “Herr Paul” by Tankred Dorst (1999), “The Party” by Sławomir Mrożek (2000), “Phaedra’s Love” by Sarah Kane (2001), “Tattoo” by Dea Loher (2002), “Rabid Fury Show, or Nice People”, “The Porn Generation” by Paweł Jurek (2003), “Oedipus – A Sentimental Tragedy with Nowa Huta in the Background” / “Oedipus – A Nowa Huta Tragedy” (2006), “Blood Wedding, or a Musical Tale of the Gypsy Heart” (2007) based on a drama by Garcia Lorca, “The Morality of Mrs Dulska, or in the Search of the Lost Chakra” (2009), “Fakir” / “Fakir, or Optimism” (2011), “Enter the Dragon. Trailer” (2011), “Anti-Anunciation” (2012), “Fan Club of The Mission Movie” (2013), “Blind Chance According to Krzysztof Kieślowski” (2016), “Conformist 2029” (2018) inspired by a novel by Alberto Moravia, and “Wałęsa in Kolonos”, which premiered on 8 September 2018. His activity has been appreciated and awarded the Gloria Artis Silver Medal by the Minister of Culture.

Director of the show: Wałęsa in Kolonos, Conformist 2029

Iwona Kempa

Theatre director and graduate of Theatre Studies at the Jagiellonian University and the Faculty of Drama Directing at the Theatre Academy in Kraków. She made her début with Kisielewski’s “Cariatures” in the Wilam Horzyca Theatre in Toruń in 1996. In 1996–2012 she worked with the theatres of Opole, Łódź, Kalisz, Bydgoszcz, Poznań, Wrocław, Warszawa and Kraków, and in 2006–12 she was the Artistic Director of the Theatre in Poznań and the programme adviser of the Kontakt International Theatre Festival. Winner of many theatre festivals, including the Interpretations National Festival of the Art of Directing in Katowice (2000), Kontrapunkt Festival in Szczecin (2003 and 2005), the Festival of Premieres in Bydgoszcz (2004), and the Festival of Contemporary Dramaturgy in Zabrze (2004 and 2007). In 2008 she was awarded the Laur Konrada and the Audience Award at the Interpretations National Festival of the Art of Directing in Katowice for Hanoch Levin’s “Suitcase Packers”. Her productions for the Słowacki Theatre in Kraków in 2009–15 also won numerous awards. Ingmar Bergman’s “Private Confessions” won the Journalists’ Award at Kontakt Festival in 2009, H. Levin’s “The Labour of Life” – the prize for the best director at the Faces of the Theatre Review, Peter Asmussen’s “Za chwilę” [Now] – the Wyspiański Prize for the best theatre event in Kraków in 2012. Her Bergman’s “Ritual” was presented at the Warsaw Theatre Meetings in 2016. In 2012–16, Kempa was the artistic manager of the Małopolska Garden of Arts (MOS) in Kraków, where she started a range of interdisciplinary projects, including the KRoki International Festival of Contemporary Dance (with Katarzyna Bester). A play based on Vedrana Rudan’s novel, “Blackmen in Florence” won her another Wyspiański Prize for the best theatre events in non-institutional theatre in Kraków in 2017. Her latest premiere is another adaptation of Rudin’s novel “Love at Last Sight” at the Dramatyczny Theatre in Warsaw. Since 2013 she has taught at the AST in Kraków, and since 2016 she has been its Dean of the Faculty of Drama Directing.
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Fot. Kasia Chmura 

Director of the show: Blackmen in Florence

Maja Kleczewska

Graduate of the Faculty of Directing at the Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Kraków. Directed for the Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Kraków (Anna Reynolds and Moira Buffini’s “Jordan”, Harrower’s “Knives in Hens”), Norwid Theatre in Jelenia Góra (Hofmannstahl’s “Electra”, Chekhov’s “Czajka. The Seagull”), Szaniawski Dramat Theatre in Wałbrzych (Kesey’s “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, McCoy’s “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?”), Kochanowski Theatre in Opole (Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”, Horváth’s “Tales from the Vienna Wood”), Bogusławski Theatre in Kalisz (Büchner’s “Woyzeck”), the National Stary Theatre in Kraków (Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Sarah Kane’s “Blasted”). At the National Theatre, she directed “Fedra” (2008) and Weiss’s “Marat/Sade”, and in the Polish Theatre in Bydgoszcz “Platonov” based on Chekhov’s play, as well as Elfriede Jelinek’s plays: “Babel” and “Winter’s Journey”. Her award-winning shows include “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (Wojciech statuette, and the Team Award for the production team at the 43rd Theatre Meetings in Kalisz, 2003, Audience Award for directing at the 7th Interpretacje National Festival of Art of Direction in Katowice, 2005) and “Woyzeck” (the Laur Konrada award 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 prize of “Polityka” weekly (2007). In June 2013 she received the Minister of Culture and National Heritage’s Annual Award in the category of Theatre.

Director of the show: Under the Influence

Wojtek Ziemilski

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

Director of the show: A Show for Tourists

Iwan Wyrypajew

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. In 2005 he founded the artistic agency in Moscow, and in years 2012–15 he was the artistic director of Praktika Theatre. He wrote and directed a number of films, including: “Euphoria”, “Oxygen”, “Tanets Delhi” and “Spasenie”. He directed such theatre plays as: “July” at the Wola Theatre in Warsaw, “Tanets Delhi” at the National Theatre in Warsaw, and “Illusions” at the National Staty Theatre in Kraków. His plays are widely known in Poland, including the iconic “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), “Unbearably Long Embraces” (2015). His plays are staged in England, France, Germany, Czech Republic and Canada. Vyrypaev has won many filmy and theatre awards.


 

Director of the show: Uncle Vanya

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.

 

Director of the show: We are Leaving

Paweł Passini

A theatre director, playwright, composer, actor, founder and director of the neTTheatre in Lublin, the world’s first online theatre. He has won the prestigious Konrad Swinarski Prize for the best director for the acclaimed “Morrison/Śmiercisyn”. Studied philosophy and culture sciences at the University of Warsaw and directing at the Theatre Academy in Warsaw. Participated in the Academy of Theatre Practices in Gardzienice. Passini is known for composing music for most of his plays, and performing it live on keyboards. He has written music to “The Gates of Heaven, Children’s Crusade”, and “Nothing Human”. He was twice nominated to the prestigious Passport prize of “Polityka” weekly.
Holder of a scholarship from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage and winner of numerous prizes and honourable mentions, including the Golden Mask for the best production of the season for “Iphigenia in Aulis”, the Grand Prix of the 29th Confrontations of Classics Festival in Opole for directing “The Curse”, the Individual Prize at the 14th National Competition for Staging a Contemporary Polish Drama for “Requiem”, the Herald Angel and Total Theatre awards for “Turandot” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a Golden Mask for the best drama for “Morrison/Śmiercisyn”, and the Grand Prix of the 24th National Competition for Staging a Contemporary Polish Drama for “Little Boy Lost”.


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Fot. Krzysztof Cisowicz

Director of the show: Little Boy Lost, The Master and Margarita

Magda Umer

Singer, actress, set designer, and director. A graduate of the Faculty of Polish Philology at the University of Warsaw, winner of the First Prizes at the FAMA Festival in 1969 and 1970, she has released a number of records, including “An Autumn Concert”, “Where Are You”, “It’s Over”, “Magda Umer”, and “On the Blue Sweet Peas”. She designs and performs auteur TV recitals “Shadows”, “In the Attic”, and “We’ve Had it All Before”.
Umer creates poetic performances for the theatre, stage, and television as well as programmes devoted to authors of poetic and student songs. She has directed a number of theatre performances, including “White Blouse” (1987, with a new version in 2010), “A Woman Disappointed” (1994), and “Marlene” (1999, with Krystyna Janda). She has adapted and directed plays – “The Mighty Angel” (2012) and “Notes from the Exile” (2018) at the Polonia Theatre – and concerts – “Grieving for Winter” (1989), “Men of my Life” (1995), and “Hold on to Your Clouds” (2004).
Author of music programmes for the stage, documentaries, and TV interviews.
With Andrzej Poniedzielski, she produced “Chlip Hop”, played at the Ateneum Theatre in 2007–12. The two also ran a blog under the same title on Wirtualna Polska, and their exchanges were later published by Trio. In December 2017, on the 102nd anniversary of birth of Jeremi Przybora, her “Przybora na 102” (coproduced with Cabaret Mumio) premiered at the Och-Teatr in December 2017.
In April 2009, Minister of Culture Bogdan Zdrojewski presented Magda Umer with the Gloria Artis medal at the jubilee recital on the 40 years of her artistic work.
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Fot:  Maciej Kłoś

Director of the show: Notes from Exile

Paweł Miśkiewicz

Theatre director and actor. The Artistic Director of Polish Theatre in Wrocław (2000–04) and General Director of Drama Theatre in Warsaw (2008–12). The creator of Dramaturgy Forum in Wrocław and baz@rt Intermedia Forum of Theatre in Kraków (2004–05). He graduated from Theatre Studies at Jagiellonian University and Acting (1989) and Directing Department (1995) at Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Kraków. He was a member of acting cast at The National Stary Theatre in Kraków, 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 numerous prizes and honourable mentions, the most important ones including: B. Korzeniewski Award (1995) and „Polityka” Passport (2001).

Marcin Liber

Actor, director, the founder of Usta Usta Theatre in 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 1988 and 1999. At the same time he collaborated as an actor, dramatist and director with other stages in Poznań: Óśmy Dzień Theatre, Polish Dance Theatre and Porywacze Ciał Theatre. In 1999, together with Wojciech Wiński, he founded Usta Usta Theatre in Poznań, an alternative performance space. 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, started a new chapter in his career, marked out by his collaboration with a playwright. Together, they staged a show called “ID” at the Współczesny Theatre in Szczecin, and in 2011, in cooperation with Magda Fertacz and Sylwia Chutnik, a performance titled “III Furies” at the Modejska 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” (The National Stary Theatre in Kraków, 2013), “The Old Woman Broods” (The National Stary Theatre in Kraków, 2014). In 2012 Liber received Laur Konrada and the Award at the “Rzeczywistość przedstawiona” Festival for directing one of his acclaimed plays – „For God’s Sake!”.

Director of the show: #The Rape of Lucretia

Paweł Sakowicz

Choreographer and dancer. He graduated from the University of Warsaw with a degree in political studies and holds an MA in performance and choreography from the London Contemporary Dance School. For a few years he has been collaborating with choreographers and visual artists. He has worked as a choreographer for the theatre. His works inculde: “Bernhard”, “TOTAL”, “Jumpcore”, and “Thriller” (in collaboration with Anna Smolar). Awarded for the choreography at the National Competition for the Polish Contemporary Play Staging and nominated for the 2016 “Polityka” Passport Award. 2017 danceWEB scholarship holder. His pieces were presented at the Polish Dance Platform, at the NYU Skirball, and at the CAC New Orleans. At the Nowy Teatr in Warsaw he is working on a new piece called „Massacre”.
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Fot. Dawid Grzelak

Director of the show: Jumpcore

Eva Rysová

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. Co-founder of the Czech theatre group D’EPOG, 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 début at the Stary Theatre in Kraków in 2010 with „Dwanaście stacji” performance based on Tomasz Różycki’s narrative poem. „Wieloryb The Globe” play was her 9th work realized together with Polish playwright and dramatist Mateusz Pakuła. She also translated his plays „White Dandelion” and „Miki mister DJ” into Czech language.

 

Director of the show: Century Love War

Mateusz Pakuła

Playwright, dramatist, a graduate of dramaturgy at the Faculty of Drama Directing at the Theatre Academy of Kraków. Winner of the Gdynia Drama Award (for the text of “Sadness of the Tropics”) and three-time finalist of the competition. Repeatedly selected as finalist of the National Competition for the Production of a Polish Contemporary Drama and winner of its 19th edition (for “My Anxiety is Armed”). He reached the final round of the Talenty Trójki in 2013 and was nominated to the Gwarancje Kultury 2010 awarded by the TVP Kultura. Holder of scholarships from the Minister of Culture and the City of Kraków, he has published a number of dramas in book form: “Wieloryb The Globe” (2016), “Panoptikos” collection (2015), “At the End of the Chain” diptych (2012), “Frankfurter the Cowboy and Three Other Plays” (2012), and “White Dandelion. Five Theatre Plays” (2010). His dramas have been translated into English, German, Czech, Ukrainian, and Spanish. Pakuła’s most recent works include “Into the Fire” (directed by W. Klemm), “Wieloryb The Globe” (directed by Eva Rysová), “Havel-Man” (directed by Eva Rysová), “Frankfurter the Cowboy” (directed by W. Loga-Skarczewski), “Sadness of the Tropics” (directed by Paweł Świątek), and “Enter the Dragon. Trailer” and “KonradMaszyna” (directed by Bartosz Szydłowski). As a dramatist he has worked among others with Paweł Świątek, Eva Rysová, and Bartosz Szydłowski. “Pluto p-Brane” is Pakuła’s directing début. Recently, he has also directed audio plays, which won him the 2017 prize for directing début at the Polish Radio Theatre.

Director of the show: Pluto p-Brane

Małgorzata Wdowik

A theatre director, she studied theatre directing at the Theatre Academy in Warsaw, and graduated in theatre studies from the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznań. She completed a year’s scholarship with the Theater Institute w Giessen, at the Faculty of Choreography and Performance, and held two scholarships from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. Wdowik created a range of projects, including “Homelessness. We’ll Care for You”, presented at the Malta Festival 2014, “The Boundaries of Landscape”, which won her a nomination to the Promising Student Talent Award, and “Transit Monumental” produced with K.A.U. Collective at SpielArt Festival. In 2016 she directed Tamara Antonijevic’s “Julius Caesar Believes in the Morning” (Kazimierz Dejmek Nowy Theatre in Łódź) and Jan Czapliński and Krzysztofa Szekalski’s “The History of the T-Shirt, or how Good it is to be Born in the West” (the Współczesny Theatre in Szczecin). In 2017, she put Weronika Murek’s “Girls” to the stage of Studio teatrgaleria. With TR Warszawa, she directed Krzysztof Szekalski’s “Footballers” (2016), which won her the Main Prize of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage at the 6 Forum of Young Directors in Kraków. She also directed Robert Bolesto’s “Fear” for the TR Warszawa in 2018.

Director of the show: Fear

Jędrzej Piaskowski

A student of directing at the Theatre Academy in Warsaw and of musicology at the University of Warsaw. As assistant to the director he worked with Michał Borczuch on “Apocalypse” at the Nowy Teatr in Warsaw, and with Maja Kleczewska on “The Dybbuk” at the Jewish Theatre in Warsaw. He won the Grand Prix – Main Prize of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of the 5th Forum of Young Directors for his production of “Versus” based on a drama by Rodrigo Garcia, and an invitation to make a début at the TR Warszawa from Grzegorz Jarzyna. His later projects include directing “Lear” based on William Shakespeare at the Nowy Theatre in Poznań and “Raj. Tutorial” inspired by “Middlesex”, a novel by Jeffrey Eugenides, at the Szaniawski Dramatic Theatre in Wałbrzych. In the 2016/17 season his “Puppenhaus. Kuracja” based on a text by Magda Fertacz, being part of the Debiut w TR programme, made its way into the ranking of the best plays of “Teatr” monthly and was considered one of the most interesting theatrical projects of the season. He later directed “Wiera Gran”, based on a text by Weronika Murek, for the Jewish Theatre in Warsaw. In its appraisal of 2017, “Dwutygodnik” biweekly appreciated Jędrzej Piaskowski for original quality, daring, and persistence in the pursuit of own language in the theatre. In 2018 his project “Juden (R)aus Arras”, prepared together with dramatist Hubert Sulima, won the competition Alien at Home. Around March ‘68, organised by the TR Warszawa and the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews, and became part of the repertoire of both the institutions (as “David goes to Israel”). In the same year, Piaskowski also directed Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters”, warmly welcomed by critics at the Osterwa Theatre in Lublin, and his “Puppenhaus” won the Grand Prix of the 13th Festival of Polish Contemporary Arts.

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Fot. Wojtek Sobolewski

Director of the show: Three Sisters

Wojtek Blecharz

Born in Gdynia in 1981. In 2005 he graduated with distinction from the Academy of Music in Warsaw. In 2015 he was conferred a doctorate in composition at the Faculty of Music of the California University in San Diego, specialising in composition and performance of contemporary music. Blecharz coorganises (with Paweł Mykietyn), the Instalakcje Festival at the Nowy Theatre in Warsaw. In 2012, he received a scholarship for “excellence in composing” at the 46th Summer Courses of New Music in Darmstadt, and in 2013, he won the Impulse Composing Competition in Austria. A nominee to the Passport prize of “Polityka” weekly in the category of classical music in 2012, to Polacy z Werwą Award presented by Orlen in the category of Culture and Art, and to Kulturysta Roku Award of the Polish Radio 3.

Director of the show: House of Sound

Natalia Korczakowska

She studied theatre directing and theatre studies at The Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw. Her first directed play was “Pensjonat Madryt” based on Aglaja Veteranyi's prose in 2006. She assised René Pollesch and Oskaras Koršunovas. Korczakowska has been directing theatre productions in Poland since 2006, including “Electra – The Anatomy Lesson” for Cyprian Norwid Theatre in Jelenia Góra, stage-adaptation of Stanisław Lem’s novel “Solaris” for TR Warsaw, the G.E. Lessing play “Nathan The Sage” for National Theatre in Warsaw, and Adam Mickiewicz’s “Forefathers part III” for Dramatic Theatre in Białystok. At STUDIO Theatregallery she has directed an adaptation of “Berlin Alexanderplatz” by Alfred Döblin and „Demons” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Korczakowska’s opera productions include W. Rihm’s “Jakob Lenz” and S. Moniuszko’s “Halka” conducted by Marc Minkowski for the Polish National Opera in Warsaw. She collaborated with the prestigious Ensemble Modern orchestra on H.W. Henze’s “El Cimarrón” at the Thalia Theatre in Hamburg. She directed “Lost Highway” by Elfride Jelinek and Olga Neuwirth for New Horizons International Film Festival in Wrocław. In April 2016, Korczakowska became the artistic director of the Studio Theater in Warsaw and changed its name – as a tribute to the avant-garde tradition of the place in the spirit of Józef Szajna and Jerzy Grzegorzewski – to STUDIO theatergallery. STUDIO theatregallery is one of the most important experimental theatre spaces in Poland.

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Fot. Jazzy Shots

Director of the show: Two-Headed Calf

Renata Piotrowska-Auffret

Choreographer and performer, in her pursuits using the tools of experimental dance, performing arts, drama, and theatres. She brings together choreography and conceptual thinking, and is interested in historical and contemporary presentations and policies of bodies, and the relations between text and movement. She was a priority artist of the Areowaves (2017), and has held multiple scholarships from the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Art Stations Foundation, received a scholarship from the Ministry of culture and National Heritage in 2013, and the Młoda Polska [Young Poland] programme (2010). Her productions include “Now” (2007), “Dancing with Enemy” (2007), the “UNKNOWN” series (2008–10), “break SZTUKA WOJNY” (2010), “UNKNOWNS.SEANS” (2011), dance film “Inside” (2011), “The Forest_work in progress” (2013), “Death. Exercises and Variations” (2014), “Shared” (2016), and “The Pure Gold is Seeping out of Me” (2017). In 2008, 2010, and 2017 her productions were selected for the prestigious Polish Platform of Dance review. A graduate of the Theatre Academy and the ex.e.r.ce Research and Choreography programme at CCN Montpellier in France, and member of the Centrum w Ruchu Warsaw choreographers’ collective.

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Fot. Aleksandra Osowicz

Director of the show: The Pure Gold is Seeping out of Me

Sebastian Oberc

Actor, a graduate of the Theatre Academy in Kraków, he has worked on “The Master and Margarita” with Krystian Lupa at the Stary Theatre, and with Piotr Waligórski on some of the first productions of the Łaźnia Nowa: Sławomir Shuty’s “Blood Sugar Normal” (with the production and role receiving prizes from the Minister of Culture), and Paweł Demirski’s “From Poland with Love”. He made his directing début at the Barakah Theatre in 2017, with “Children of Banhoff Zoo” based on Christiane F. The play is a particular experiment, bringing to stage experienced actors, often of great renown (to name Roman Gancarczyk, Krzysztof Zarzecki, and Dawid Ogrodnik) together with debutants.

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Fot. Joanna Puzio

 

Director of the show: Children of Bahnhof Zoo

Monika Strzępka

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

Ewa Rucińska

A graduate of the Acting Department at the Cours Florent and INALCO in Paris, currently a student of the AST in Kraków. As an actress, she worked with numerous French theatre troupes and has directed for them since 2013. She also won awards for directing in France: Jacques 2013 for the best début and another for her second production, “Le jeu de l’amour et du hazard” by Pierre de Marivaux. Recipient of the ZAiKS Prize at the 7th Forum of Young Directors and the 2nd Festival of Young Directors at the Ludowy Theatre. She works with the Polish National Opera in Warsaw as assistant to Mariusz Treliński. In February 2018 Rucińska made her début in Polish theatre directing Molière’s “Tartuffe” at the Stefan Żeromski Theatre in Kielce. A member of the Parisian Opéra Montmartre collective promoting broad access to the opera.

Director of the show: Poets-Prophets