Structure of Foundation














Director of the Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival, Poland

Chairman of the Council of the Foundation

Director of Fundatia William Shakespeare, Romania

Vice-Chairman of the Council of the Foundation

Director of the York International Shakespeare Festival, UK

Secretary of the Council of the Foundation

Director of Gyulai Várszínház, Hungary

Tresurer of the Foundation

Director of Teatrul National Marin Sorescu Craiova, Romania


Director of Shakespeare Festival im Globe Neuss, Germany

Artistic Council:


Director of Shakespeare’s Festival of Barcelona




Director of Summer Shakespeare Festival in Ostrava




Director of Shakespeare International Theatre Festivalafter V.Papazyan




CEO and Artistic Director of HamletScenen& Shakespeare Festival at Hamlet’s Castle


TOM BIRD   Director of the Globe to Globe Festival at Shakespeare’s Globe


Executive Director of the ESFN Foundation:


JOANNA ŚNIEŻKO-MISTEREK  Organizing Director of the Gdansk Shakespeare Festival


Joanna Śnieżko-Misterek, Executive Director

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

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 Read More

Rainer Wiertz

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 Read More

Mircea Cornisteanu

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 Read More

Emil Boroghina

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 Read More

Philip Parr

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 Read More