development of contemporary performing arts (dance and theatre)
in 18 countries of Central and Eastern Europe.
Andrzej Szczytko - director
Actor, theatre director, translator and drama professor. Szczytko is a graduate of the Leon Schiller National Film School in Lodz (1978) and the Cyrson School of Management (1995), he also attended to Goodman School of Drama at DePaul University (1980). He has participated in almost hundred productions as an actor, directed at numerous theatres in Poland and collaborated with some renowned theatre directors, such as Krystian Lupa (as Mandelbaum in Dainty Shapes and Hairy Apes, or The Green Pill by Witkacy), Henryk Tomaszewski (as Lentulus in Androcles and the Lion by Shaw), Jerzy Zegalski (as Don Manuel in The Phantom Lady by de la Barca, as Jack in Mrs. Warren's Profession by Shaw), Alina Obidniak (as Orestes in Iphigenia in Tauris by Goethe), Wanda Laskowska (as Doctor in Ulysses by Joyce), Grzegorz Mrowczynski (as Tomasz Zan in Forefathers' Eve by Mickiewicz, as Bruce in The Normal Heart by Kramer - which was filmed by the Television Theatre), Jacek Bunsch (as Ambassador in Jan Maciej Karol Hellcat by Witkacy, as Hyper-Worker in The Shoemakers by Witkacy), Krzysztof Babicki (Gottlieb Biedermann in The Fire Raisers by Frisch). He garnered critical acclaim for his performances, including winning awards at theatre festivals. As a director he is mostly staging Polish authors like Czeslaw Milosz, Zbigniew Herbert, Slawomir Mrozek, Ireneusz Iredynski or Janusz Glowacki. From 1991 to 1993 Szczytko was an artistic director of Polish Institute of Theatre Arts in New York and between 1998 and 2000 he worked for Polish Theatre in Poznan as an associate director.
Since 2012 he has been working as guest director in the Taras Shevchenko Academic Drama Theatre in Kharkiv, also known as Berezil Theatre.
His recent productions gained the reputation of a political theatre; "Farewell Judas" by Iredynski (Ukraine, 2013), "Antigone in New York" by Glowacki (Ukraine, 2014).
- 2012 - Decoration of Honor "Meritorious for Polish Culture" for distinguished contributions to the Polish culture and heritage;
- 2007 - critic's distinction for his performance as Richard Willey in Ray Cooney's "Out of Order" at the Poznan Music Theatre;
- 1996 - award of the Poznan Academic Society for the "Theatre Event of the Year 1996" for his production of Slawomir Mrozek's "The Party" at the Polish Theatre in Poznan;
- 1995 - Critic's Award for his direction and adaptation of Czeslaw Milosz's "Moral Tract" at the Polish Theatre in Poznan,
- 1995 - XXXIV Rzeszow Festival of Performing Arts - Grand Prix for the production of "Evangelist, Bob Dylan Story" at the Lubuski Theatre;
- 1991 - Critic's Award for outstanding performance as Hyper-Worker in "The Shoemakers" by Witkacy at the Polish Theatre in Poznan;
- 1987 - XXVIII Northern Poland Theatre Festival in Torun - distiction for his performance as Crow/Tomasz Zan/Wysocki/Justyn Pol in "Forefathers' Eve" by Mickiewicz at the Polish Theatre in Poznan;
- 1978 - Wegierko Statuette for best acting debut as Judas in "Farewell Judas" by Iredynski at the Aleksander Wegierko Theatre;