Montse Vellvehi

Montse has been serving as Director of Festival Shakespeare since 2007, where she had been working as an assistant to Director since the Festival´s founding in 2003.

From 2008 she has been Manager of the Drama School´s Interpretation Department at the Institut del Teatre de la Diputació de Barcelona, where she has also been teaching voice since 1996, as well as in other academies in Catalunya.

As an actress, since 1991 she has performed in several plays such as: Madame Melville Dir. Àngel Llàcer. Teatre Borràs ( nominated as an Actress to Butaca’s Award in Catalonia); El Somni d’una nit d’estiu. Dir. Àngel Llàcer. Teatre Borràs. Teatre Principal;  Un ram de mar from J.Ruyra´s piece. Dir. Joan Castells. Teatre Nacional de Catalunya; 20 sonets de Shakespeare directed by Xicu Masó, on tour in Catalunya; Món Brossa from Joan Brossa´s piece. Dir. Franco di Francescoantonio. Teatre Nacional de Catalunya;  Jean Anouilh´s Antígona. Dir. Roberto Romei. Teatre Tantarantana; Àngel Guimerà´s Terra Baixa. Dir. Ferran Madico. Teatre Nacional de Catalunya; Violació de límits. From Manuel de Pedrolo writings. Dir. Joan Castells. Sala Beckett. Sala Muntaner; Ignasi Iglésias´ La Barcanova. Dir. Joan Castells. Teatre Nacional de Catalunya; Untretal’aire from Teatre Mim de la Brume. Dir. Jordi Basora. Sitges Teatre Internacional;  Preversions, from J. Prévert writings. Cia. Parracs. Dir. Joan Castells. Espai Escènic Joan Brossa; Tankred Dorst´s Gran imprecació davant la muralla de la ciutat. Dir. Jaime Hanson. Teatre Adrià Gual; Parracs de Brecht with the company Parracs. Playwright and director, Joan Castells. Premiere at the Tàrrega theatre Festival, 1996. Festival Internacional de Sitges, 1997; Històries de Pierrot with Teatre mim de la Brume. Dir. Jordi Basora. Premiere at ^Sibenik Children’s Festival (Croatia);  Queen of Hearts, Produced by HTV Drama. Cardiff (Wales).

Since 1996 she has performed in hundreds of readings, recitings and poetry presentations from authors such as: Hölderlin, Georg Trakl, William Shakespeare, Bertold Brecht, Horaci, Giacomo Leopardi, Rainer Maria Rilke, Aurelie Nemours, Alejandra Pizarnic, Danielle Collobert, Brane Mozetic, Elizabeth Barret Browning, Anise Koltz, Giusepe Ungareti, Víctor Sunyol, Ausiàs March, Toni Clapés, Joan Brossa, Feliu Formosa, Agustí Bartra, Salvat Papasseit, Sam Abrams, Bartomeu Rosselló Pòrcel, Màrius Torres, Joan Sales, Salvador Espriu, Joan Vinyoli, amongst others.

Joanna Śnieżko-Misterek, Executive Director

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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.

Jozsef Sandor Gedeon

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József Sándor Gedeon was born in 1956 in Gyula, Hungary and lives there to this day. He graduated from teacher’s college and has also studied art management and Hungarian literature. Following 15 years of work as a teacher, József held a position in local government as Head of the Cultural Department for five years. Since 1995 József has been the director of Gyula Castle Theater. He is also the chairman of the Hungarian Open-air Theatres Union as well as a member of the Hungarian Arts Festival Union and the Hungarian Theatre Union.József is the author of The British Lion in Everyday Life, published in Budapest, 1999.

Jerzy Limon

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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.

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

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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.

 

Mircea Cornisteanu

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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

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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.