Teatr Ludowy

(Kraków, Poland)

The Ludowy Theatre in Kraków was set up in 1955 as one of the most avant-garde and modern theatres in Poland. Thanks to the eminent artists standing at its helm it quickly became one of the most tempting Polish stages, a theatre with exceedingly high intellectual and artistic ambitions.

The front of Theatre Ludowy. Concrete steps leading up to the entrance which is three glass panels. Above them is the theatre's sign.

Formal innovation in the presentation of drama, rejection of the traditional aesthetic cannons, and the use of specific convention and visual minimalism also played a major role in the development of the Ludowy’s artistic visage. In the successive seasons it gravitated towards a more popular repertoire and ambitious entertainment, also focusing on educational activity and strongly emphasising its culture and community-building dimension.

The experiment in the current of therapeutic and artistic pursuits undertaken early in the 1990s brought about the production of Romeo and Juliet with participation of young people from punk and skinhead subcultures and attracted considerable international interest. In 2017 the post of the director of the Ludowy was taken over by Małgorzata Bogajewska, a young Polish theatre director who is especially keen on returning to the best traditions of the Ludowy. The foundations for her work include a search for the new aesthetics and new language of the theatre, projects from the boundaries between the arts, reinterpretation of the most famous texts of European classics, and culture-forming participative projects that entail a current reaction and poignant commentary on political and social reality.

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Jerzy Fedorowicz, Jr Deputy Director
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was born in Krakow in 1975, I studied at the University of Silesia in Katowice, I am a master of film and television production organization. I also completed postgraduate studies in Culture Management at the Jagiellonian University.
Since 1998 I have been working for Teatr Ludowy on a permanent basis. Initially, I worked as an stage manager and prompter on the Stage Pod Ratuszem, and since January 2002, as a full-time employee, initially as a specialist in advertising and sales of performances, as a manager of the Promotion and Audience Service Department, and from 1 January 2015 – to this day I am the deputy director of the Teatr Ludowy .
I also have local government experience. In the years 2002-2014 I was a councillor of the City of Krakow, I was the chairman of the Committee on Culture, Promotion and Monuments Protection. From 2014 until today, I have been the councillor of the Małopolska Region.

Julian Gądek, Game Expert
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I have been studying Visual Communication at the Faculty of Art of the Pedagogical University of Krakow since October 2019.
I have been passionate about all kinds of games since I was a child. One of my first favorite games, apart from the ones I played between age of 0 and 6, was Magic and Sword. This is the legendary „board game” that I play to this day and I think it will accompany me for many years to come.
I am also a committed film lover and amateur of cinema, also from behind the camera.
For five years I have been dealing with broadly understood computer graphics – from designing sim- ple logos and infographics to creating pages in WordPress software and 3D graphics.
As for the profile education, I graduated from secondary school: the Zenon Klemensiewicz Technical School of Printing and Multimedia on the profile Technique of Digital Graphic Processes. Then I star- ted bachelor’s studies at Pedagogical University of Krakow.
I’m also interested in acting, the creative process that takes place on the stage or film set, as well as the mechanisms that build games.
My interest in the subject is consistently high, regardless of whether it involves engaging in a group of friends who creates the „mafia” game, or embodying and identification with the characters from computer games.

Katarzyna Dudek, Literary Manager
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of the Ludowy Theatre in Krakow, former literary manager of the Opole Theatre. The author of the interdisciplinary educational program of a culture-making „Theater passages“ implemented at the The Opole Theatre, cofinanced by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, co-author of the concept and coordinator of the projects of the Ludowy Theatre: artistic, educational, culture-making  implemented in cooperation with: Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Adam Mickiewicz, Institute of Raszewski, the National Center for Culture. The author of the program concept of a 3-year project for the blind and partially sighted  peoples has been implemented at the Ludowy Theatre. Coordinator of the international project for children and youth „From children for children“.

Konrad Dworakowski, Director
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director and actor, graduate and lecturer at the Faculty of Arts in Bialystok Puppet Theater Academy of Aleksander Zelwerowicz in Warsaw. In the years 2003–2005 he was the artistic director of the Guliwer Puppet Theater in Warsaw. He directed in puppet and dramatic theaters in Poland and abroad. The most important productions: Microcosm of the Mime Theater in Wroclaw, Balladyna and romances, Bruno Schulz history of vicious imagination, Boys from Plac Broni (Teatr Pinokio) and ,Dumanowski side A (Stary Theater in Krakow). Konrad Dworakowski is the author scriptwriter and songwriter; writes for both children and adults. He also runs his own theater workshops. Since 2009, he has been the director of the Pinokio Theater in Łódź. He is originator of the city of Łódź socio-cultural revitalization projects (e.g. Culture Points, We enter in Gates, Bramogranie). Artistic director of the International Carousel Theater Festival.

Magda Fertacz, Dramaturg
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was born in 1975. She is a playwright, screenwriter, interior designer, and winner of the Gdynia Drama Award and the competition at the Polish Contemporary Art Exhibition. Magda Fertacz is a graduate of the College of Communication and Social Media and the Department of Journalism of the University of Warsaw. She made her debut as a playwright with the play Dust, staged at the National Theatre in Warsaw by Anna Trojanowska. As the author has explained, the story is about the inability to get close to other people. An emotionally crippled couple faces the challenges of parenthood. The appearance of the child exposes unconscious, deeply hidden emotions. „Is it possible to reach an agreement?“, asks Fertacz, and the director of the play adds that it is a powerful work which proves that the famous fairy tale ending ‘And they lived happily ever after’ does not usually occur in reality. Dust earned a distinction in the Radom Odważny contest in 2005.Fertacz is also the author of several other dramatic plays, such as Absinthe, which has been translated into many languages and shown at the Pozoriszte Lutaka Theatre in Mostar, the Tmuna Theatre in Tel Aviv and the Observatorija Theatre in Riga, among others.

Magdalena Zarębska-Węgrzyn, Theatre Educator
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Graduate of Theatre Studies at the Jagiellonian University. Worked in the several cultural institutions in Cracow as a coordinator of educational and cultural projects for children and ethnic minorities like Gypsys and Slovaks. She worked as a manager of marketing department in Teatr Łaźnia Nowa in Cracow. Now she works in  education and literary department in The Ludowy Theatre. She’s responsible for coordinating special projects and international cooperation with festivals. She loves cooking.

Małgorzata Bogajewska, Director
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Małgorzata is a director, teacher at the Łódź Film School, director of the Ludowy Theatre in Kraków’s Nowa Huta district. She has directed over 40 plays, including Vladimir Zuev’s Osaczeni / Trapped, Ingmar Bergman’s Jajo węża / Serpent’s Egg, and Gabriela Zapolska’s Ich czworo / Four of Them at the Stefan Jaracz Theatre in Łódź, Amanita Muskaria’s Daily Soupat the Narodowy Theatre, Marek Modzelewski’s Dotyk / The Touch at the Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw, Artur Pałyga’s Tato / Dad at the Bagatela Theatre in Kraków, Anton Tchekhov’s Trzy siostry / Three Sisters at the Dramatic Theatre in Warsaw, and Artur Pałyga’s Rewizor. Będzie wojna / The Government Inspector. There is Going to be a War and Paweł Wolak and Katarzyna Dworak’s Gdy przyjdzie sen / When Sleep has Come at the Ludowy Theatre. Winner of numerous awards for direction, notably recipient of three prizes at the National Competition for the Staging of Polish Contemporary Plays, and a further three prizes (including the 2019 Grand Prix for directing When Sleep has Come) at the Portrayed Reality Contemporary Drama Festival in Zabrze, and at the Live Classics Competition for the Staging of Historical Works of Polish Literature.

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Małgorzata Bogajewska, Director
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Małgorzata is a director, teacher at the Łódź Film School, director of the Ludowy Theatre in Kraków’s Nowa Huta district. She has directed over 40 plays, including Vladimir Zuev’s Osaczeni / Trapped, Ingmar Bergman’s Jajo węża / Serpent’s Egg, and Gabriela Zapolska’s Ich czworo / Four of Them at the Stefan Jaracz Theatre in Łódź, Amanita Muskaria’s Daily Soupat the Narodowy Theatre, Marek Modzelewski’s Dotyk / The Touch at the Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw, Artur Pałyga’s Tato / Dad at the Bagatela Theatre in Kraków, Anton Tchekhov’s Trzy siostry / Three Sisters at the Dramatic Theatre in Warsaw, and Artur Pałyga’s Rewizor. Będzie wojna / The Government Inspector. There is Going to be a War and Paweł Wolak and Katarzyna Dworak’s Gdy przyjdzie sen / When Sleep has Come at the Ludowy Theatre. Winner of numerous awards for direction, notably recipient of three prizes at the National Competition for the Staging of Polish Contemporary Plays, and a further three prizes (including the 2019 Grand Prix for directing When Sleep has Come) at the Portrayed Reality Contemporary Drama Festival in Zabrze, and at the Live Classics Competition for the Staging of Historical Works of Polish Literature.