Warsaw. Crisis in the Dramatic Theater. Decision on Monika Strzępka’s future


“The Capital City of Warsaw has started the procedure of dismissing Monika Strzępka from the position of director of the Dramatic Theater. The decision is caused by the deepening crisis and non-implementation of the concluded contract,” the city hall announced on Monday afternoon.

The statement was sent to journalists and its content was also published on Facebook by Aldona Machnowska-Góra, vice-president of Warsaw, responsible for, among others, for cultural matters.

“Due to the failure of director Monika Strzępka to implement the provisions of the contract specifying the organizational and financial conditions of the activities of the cultural institution and the theater’s operating program, the office of the capital city of Warsaw has initiated the procedure for its dismissal, in accordance with the provisions of Article 15(6) of the Act on organizing and conducting activities cultural,” the statement said.

The city hall further informed that the city office asked the Minister of Culture, the Association of Polish Stage Artists, the Trade Union of Polish Actors, the Association of Theater Directors and trade unions operating in the Dramatic Theater for an opinion on Strzępka’s dismissal.

“Currently, the National Labor Inspectorate is inspecting the Dramatic Theater. The city inspection will start in January 2024,” it concluded.

At 7 p.m., Monika Strzępka will make a statement about her case on the Drama Theater’s Facebook page.

Canceled “Hexes”. Crisis in the Dramatic Theater

Last week Aldona Machnowska-Góra announced that she had “an oral declaration of resignation from the position of director as of December 31”, but she noted that the official document had not reached the city hall.

Earlier, the theater announced the cancellation of the premiere of the play “Heksy”, which was considered the most important play of the season. In a bitter statement, Agnieszka Szpila, author of the novel of the same title, distanced herself from the play and held Monika Strzępka responsible for “the enormous mental and emotional suffering suffered by the acting team recently.” She found it “devastating.”

According to OKO.pres, nearly 30 people, i.e. one fifth of the entire team, were to leave or be fired from the Dramatyczny team over the last year.

Main photo source: Piotr Nowak/PAP

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