ESFN is based on 2 bodies: Founders and Artistic Council
Joanna studied Sociology at Nicholas Copernicus University in Toruń, where she specialised in Cultural Anthropology. For her project entitled „Shakespeare Steps Out of the City Centre” she received a European Diploma in Culture Projects Management issued by the Marcel Hicter Foundation in Brussels. Joanna is one of the founders of the „Blue Blanket” university cinema in Toruń.Since 1999, she has worked for Theatrum Gedanense Foundation and The Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre as Organisational Director of the Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival.
Jerzy Limon is a full Professor of English at the English Institute, University of Gdańsk, Poland. His main area of research includes history of English drama and theatre in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and various theoretical aspects of theatre. He has published widely on various topics, and his output includes three academic books in English (Gentlemen of a Company, Dangerous Matter, and The Masque of Stuart Culture), five books that have appeared in Polish, over a hundred articles and reviews, and four published novels. Limon is president of Theatrum Gendanense Foundation and Managing Director of the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre, a project which has begun the reconstruction of an Elizabethan-in-style theatre in Gdańsk. Limon is the Artistic Director of the Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival.
Rainer Wiertz was born on 12.9.1955 in Düsseldorf. He studied German and French Literature Philology and Musicology at Universities of Lausanne, Swiss, Sorbonne, Paris and Düsseldorf, Germany. In 1983 he has done his thesis about Wagner and Goethe at the University of Düsseldorf. From 1983 until 1986 he worked Neuss as a research associate at the Kulturamt Neuss. In 1987 he became the consultant of the cultural services of the city of Neuss beeing responsible for the planning, conceptions and realization of classical concerts, contemporary dance and theatre. Among these the Zeughaus-Konzerte, the Shakespeare-Festival Globe Neuss and the Internationalen Tanzwochen Neuss.
Born in Bucharest, Romania, Mircea Cornisteanu graduated from the National Academy of Theatre and Film and also from the University of Bucharest where he studied Romanian language and literature. After a short career as a teacher, he was a director at the National Theatre of Craiova where he staged memorable prize winning performances, between 1973 and 1990, and he became the general managing director of this theatre later, in 2000, after a fruitful experience as a director and a managing director at different other theatres. He was also a theatre directing teacher at the National Academy of Theatre and Film between 1995 and 1999. He has staged both classic and contemporary plays, from the national and international dramaturgy, in Romania and abroad, and has directed more than 150 successful drama theatre, puppet theatre, TV, opera and operetta performances. He is also the author of several drama, film, and TV scripts and adaptations.
Mircea Cornisteanu was the General Secretary of the European Theatre Convention from 2005 to 2009, and a member of the Senate of the Romanian Theatre Union (UNITER) between 1996 and 2002. He has coordinated several important cultural events, and substantially contributed to the Romanian Shakespeare Festival, as the National Theatre „Marin Sorescu” is one of the main organizers of this renowned international event.Mircea Cornisteanu has been awarded more than 20 national and international prizes, the most recent of them in 2010, for lifetime achievements, awarded by UNITER.
Emil Boroghina graduated from the Bucharest Academy of Theatre and Film in 1963. He studied acting and completed his postgraduate studies in directing in 1985. From 1963 to 1988, he had a successful career as an actor at the National Theatre of Craiova, and he directed a number of plays in Craiova and in different other theatres. He also held acting and theatre history courses. He ran the Dolj County Folk Creation Center between 1971 and 1975, and organized tours both in Romania and abroad. Meanwhile, he directed and performed one-man-shows of poetry and music. Between 1988 and 2000 he was the managing director of the National Theatre of Craiova. During this time the Craiovan theatre became one of the most appreciated theatres of the Central-Eastern Europe, participated within the most prestigious international festivals, and won several important prizes. It also organized numerous artistic and cultural events including Craiova Shakespeare Festival which later became the Romanian International Shakespeare Festival and extended also to Bucharest. In 1995 the National Theatre of Craiova was the first Eastern European theatre to become a member of the European Theatre Convention. Emil Boroghina has been the recipient of several prizes awarded by different national and international prestigious bodies: the Romanian Theatre Union (UNITER), the International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC), the British Council, Cambridge Biographical Institute, Romanian Academy, etc. Since 1994, he has been the President of the Craiova Shakespeare Foundation and the Director of the Romania International Shakespeare Festival.
Philip has worked as an actor, singer, musician, composer and puppeteer and is now a theatre and opera director. He was director of the 2006 Bath International Shakespeare Festival, and from 2000-2006 Director of the Swaledale Festival in Yorkshire. In 2008 he was Artistic Director for the Holocaust Memorial Day National Event, part of the European City of Culture celebrations in Liverpool.
As a director of opera and theatre, his productions have been seen around the world.Philip has been a staff director at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, The Bayerisches Staatsoper and at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. He was founder and Artistic Director of Spitalfields Market Opera, a purpose built chamber opera house for London and the first opera house built in London for over 100 years.
In the theatre Philip has made a particular reputation in large scale community plays, having led projects in Withernsea and Rotherham in Yorkshire, in Ayr in Scotland, in Thurrock in Essex, and in Manchester, Portsmouth and Liverpool.
Current Parrabbola projects include the management of the World Arts Platform, a programme to maximise opportunities for multicultural artists in Hertfordshire, a community play based on the Chartist settlement at Heronsgate near Rickmansworth, and artistic direction of The Scouse Operas, a community play project in Liverpool and the Wirral.
Philip is a founding council member of the European Shakespeare Festivals network. In August 2010 he directed a pan European site specific community play production of Pericles for the International Shakespeare Festival in Gdansk.