Janusz Głowacki (b. 1938), Polish prose writer, playwright, screenwriter and essayist. Graduate of the Polish Studies department of the University of Warsaw. Also briefly studied acting at the National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw. Wrote theatre reviews in his student days. Author of essays published in the weekly magazine Kultura, numerous short stories, novels, screenplays (The Cruise 1970; To Kill This Love, 1972) and theatre plays (including Cinders, 1979; Fortinbras Gets Drunk, 1990; The Fourth Sister, 1999). Achieved international fame for his play Antigone in New York (1992), which has been translated into more than twenty languages and is still being staged in theaters all over the world. Recipient of the Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis (2005) and the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (2014).
Claudio de Maglio (b. 1955), Italian actor, dancer, theatre director, playwright and educator. Specialist in stage movement technique, commedia dell’arte and mime. Founder of Teatro dell’Aria. Collaborates as an actor and dancer with numerous theaters in Italy and Europe, including Teatro la Fenice in Veince and Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris. Artistic director of the Civic Academy of Dramatic Art Nico Pepe in Udine since 1992, and associated with the Centro Teatro Ateneo of Sapienza University in Rome since 2006. Has delivered many lectures, seminars, workshops and master classes in Italy and abroad. Has also participated in numerous international artistic projects, such as Misterio Buffo e altre storie di Dario Fo e Franca Rame (2012). Shows produced under his guidance have been presented and frequently awarded at numerous international festivals, including in Montpellier (2004), Belgrade (2006), Bratislav (2008), Moscow (2009) and at ITSelF (2007, 2009).
Stanisław Moisiejew (b. 1959), Ukrainian director and theatre administrator, educator. Artistic director of the Ivan Franko National Academic of Dramatic Theatre in Kiev since 2012. Has directed more than fifty plays. His interests range from the classic plays of William Shakespeare, Friedrich Schiller, Anton Chekhov, Henrik Ibsen, Luigi Pirandello and Jean Anouilh to contemporary Ukrainian drama. As an influential figure in the Ukrainian theatre scene, he leads a team of theatre administrators and artists who are lobbying the Ministry of Culture to introduce changes to theatre legislation. Participates actively in international cultural projects such as those organized by the British Council, the Goethe Institute and the Polish Cultural Institute. Serves as a lecturer in the Directing department of the Ivan Karpenko-Kary National University of Theatre, Film and TV in Kiev.
Robert Więckiewicz (b. 1967), Polish theatre and film actor. Graduate of the Wrocław division of the Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Krakow. Associated with such theatres as Teatr Polski in Poznań (1993–1998) and Teatr Rozmaitości (1999–2001), Teatr Montownia (2002) and Teatr Narodowy (2004) in Warsaw. Made his screen debut in 1993 in Ferdydurke, directed by Jerzy Skolimowski. Has appeared in films by Feliks Falk (Samowolka, 1993), Andrzej Saramonowicz and Tomasz Konecki (Pół serio, 2000; Body/Ciało, 2003), Juliusz Machulski (Vinci, 2004; Ambassada, 2013), Wojciech Smarzowski (The Dark House, 2009; The Mighty Angel, 2014), Jan Kidawa-Błoński (Little Rose, 2010) and Marek Koterski (Chicks Are Just Different, 2011). Is most famous for his starring roles in Agnieszka Holland’s Oscar-nominated film In Darkness (2011) and Walesa: Man of Hope (2013). Has won many awards, including at the Warsaw Film Festival, the Gdynia Film Festival and a total of four Orzeł awards (a prestigious Polish film award). Has received numerous awards from audiences and critics abroad, including in Courmayeur, Setúbal, Chicago, Tokyo and from the Slovak Film Institute.