Krystian Lupa


Date and place of birth: 1943, Jastrzębie-Zdrój, Poland

Living place: Warsaw, Poland

Theme: theatre

ECC Participation: artist

Theater director famous for his grand stagings of Austrian (Thomas Bernhard, Robert Musil) and Russian prose (Fyodor Dostoyevsky). In recent years, he has authored several plays on iconic figures of American popular culture (Marylin Monroe, Andy Warhol).

“Right now we’re witnessing an awesome ride straight into humanity’s childhood.”

His work is actor-driven and psychologically deep. Lupa is interested in people tangled in contradictions, full of psychological nuance and extreme passions. He often centers his plays around the physiology of creation, the dark side of existence and self-knowledge.

Recipient of Poland’s two most important theater prizes: the Konrad Swinarski Award and the Leon Schiller Award. In 2001, Lupa received the Austrian Cross of Honor and in 2009, he was awarded the Europe Theatre Prize.

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