New Theatre, Krakow
Teatr Nowy, Kraków
The story of the New Theatre began in 2003 when Aneta Wirzinkiewicz, Piotr Sieklucki, Dominik Nowak and Tomasz Kireńczuk, at the time students of the State Academy of Theatre and the Jagiellonian Univeristy in Krakow, put on a play based on a short story by Anton Chekhov. The play was staged in a small room in a popular Krakow’s club. This “escape from school” was mostly dictated by the need to find a space for independent work subjected only to one’s own artistic expectations, while at the same time being an attempt to answer the ever emerging question: “Who are you?” The way to deliver the answer to the question was the establishment, in 2006, of a theatre which was professional; with its own stage and repertoire. For the past six years the Theatre has produced more than 30 shows, enabling around 60 acting and directing debuts, and created a platform for cooperation between artists and professionals from different fields of art. From the very beginning, the New Theatre has been trying to create a very specific programme which would liven up the formal theatre reality of Krakow. Therefore, the idea was to create a theatre in which young artists could prepare their own debut performances without guaranteeing artistic and financial success. It has also focused on presenting formally innovative texts which for some reason have not caught the interest of public theatres, as well as introducing works of classical literature which have never reached the stage. In a short time, the New Theatre has become one of the most active and popular cultural institutions in Poland.