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Warsaw. Monika Strzępka becomes the new director of the Dramatic Theater

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Theater director Monika Strzępka won the competition for the director of the Dramatic Theater. It will take on a new function from September 1 for the next five artistic seasons.

The first meeting of the competition committee appointed to conduct the competition for the director of the Dramatic Theater took place on January 13. Six offers were received, two of which were rejected – as the town hall explained – “for formal reasons”. The following were invited to the next stage: Ryszard Adamski, Tadeusz Słobodzianek (the current director), Monika Strzępka, Michał Zadara.

The next talks took place on Friday. “They concerned legal and organizational issues related to the functioning of the theater, and above all, the action programs proposed by the candidates and candidates, as well as the development of institutions for the next five years” – said the town hall. As stated, the absolute majority of committee members considered Strzępka’s candidacy to be the best.


Who is Monika Strzępka?

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Monika Strzępka is one of the most famous theater directors in Poland. She studied at the Department of Drama Directing at the Theater Academy in Warsaw. A socially involved author. She made her debut in 2004 at the Polish Theater in Bydgoszcz, where she staged Anna Bednarska’s text “With the face by the wall”. Later she staged, among others, “The Presidents” by Werner Schwab (Polish Stage in Cieszyn, Czech Republic) and “Dziady exhumation” by Paweł Demirski based on “Dziady” by Adam Mickiewicz (Polish Theater in Wrocław).

Together with Demirski, she prepared, among others “Long live the war !!!” (Dramatic Theater in Wrocław), “In the Name of Jakub S.” (Dramatic Theater in Warsaw), “Courtney Love” (Polish Theater in Wrocław), “Battle of Warsaw 1920” (National Stary Theater in Krakow), “Un-divine comedy. I’ll tell God everything!” (Stary Theater in Krakow). Strzępka and Demirski also made the famous TV series “Artists”.

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A few months ago, Monika Strzępka described in an open letter to the city her doubts related to the competition requirements for the director of the Dramatic Theater. “Warsaw wants to appear as a European, progressive city. However, apart from the will, a change of practice is needed. When reading the mentioned regulations – I get lost a bit in reading the intentions that accompanied the creation of this document” – wrote the artist. In her opinion, the position favored are “old men who have become rectorated”.

Composition of the competition committee

The jury included: Aldona Machnowska-Góra – chairman, Ewa Malinowska-Grupińska, Artur Jóźwik (representatives of Warsaw); Agnieszka Komar-Morawska, Andrzej Nowarski (representatives of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage); Juliusz Krzysztof Szuster (ZASP – Association of Polish Artists of Theater, Film, Radio and Television); Paweł Szkotak (Association of Theater Directors); Anna Gorajska (representative of the Polish Actors’ Union at the Dramatyczny Theater) – deputy chairman, Rafał Rudkowski (representative of the Company Organization No. 144 of NSZZ “Solidarność” at the Dramatyczny Theater) and Emilia Kur (legal adviser at the Cultural Office of the Warsaw Office, without the right to vote).

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