Bartosz Szydłowski

born in Wrocław in 1968. Graduate of Film Studies at the Jagiellonian University and Drama Directing at the PWST in Kraków.
Managing and Artistic Director of the Łaźnia Nowa Theatre (since 2005).
Founder of Łaźnia Theatre Association active in 1995–2004 in Krakow’s district of Kazimierz.
Creator and artistic director of the Divine Comedy International Festival (since 2007).

Graduated in Film Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków and in Drama Directing at the Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Kraków (PWST) in Kraków. Made his directing début in 1997 in Ramón del Valle-Inclán’s Słowa Boże (Divine Words) in Kraków’s Juliusz Słowacki Theatre. In 1996, he established the Łaźnia Theatre Association: an independent stage that ran interdisciplinary cultural activity, designed and conducted civic and educational projects, and was strongly involved in the life of the local community from its earliest days. Szydłowski directed his next plays at the Łaźnia Theatre. He staged contemporary dramas – Tankred Dorst’s Pan Paweł (Herr Paul, 1999), Sławomir Mrożek’s Zabawa (The Party, 2000) – as well as reaching for the latest works: he was the first to direct a Sarah Kane drama in Poland – the play was Miłość Fedry (Phaedra’s Love, 2001) – and in 2002 he put on Dea Loher’s Tatuaż (Tattoo). He also directed productions based on dramas by the contemporary Polish playwright Paweł Jurek: Wścieklizna show, albo fajni ludzie (Rabid fury show, or nice people, 2003) and Pokolenie porno (Porn Generation, 2003). In 2004, the association changed its base and name.

Today, the Łaźnia Nowa Theatre operates at os. Szkolne in Nowa Huta and continues to be involved in the life of the local community, albeit this time in the district of Nowa Huta. The following production of Szydłowski, Edyp. Tragedia nowohucka (Oedipus. A Nowa Huta Tragedy, 2006) brought the universal senses of Sophocles’ drama to the reality of Nowa Huta (the first version of the play dates back to 2005). Later, the director showed the fairy-tale Krwawe wesele, czyli muzyczną opowieść o cygańskim sercu (A Blood Wedding, or a Musical Tale of a Gypsy Heart) based on Federico Garcia Lorca’s Blood Wedding (2007) whose starting point were posthumous Romany tributes, and a contemporary treatment of Moralność pani Dulskiej, namely Moralność pani Dulskiej w poszukiwaniu zagubionego czakramu (Morality of Mrs Dulska, or in search of the lost chakra, 2009) based on a drama by Gabriela Zapolska – a play on moral degeneration, which at the same time mocked the Kraków and Nowa Huta stereotypes. Participating in the celebrations of the 80th birthday of Sławomir Mrożek, he directed a play based on the short story Fakir (2010), which transmuted into a separate project Fakir, czyli optymizm (Fakir, or Optimism, 2011) while working with amateur actors from Nowa Huta districts. The second half of 2011 was influenced by the preparations for one of the largest and most spectacular productions in the history of the theatre, namely Wejście smoka. Trailer (Enter the Dragon. Trailer, 2011). Starring eminent actors and martial arts champions, the audience greeted the play with a favourable reaction, attracting throngs to the Łaźnia throughout the season. His latest play, Antyzwiastowanie (Anti-Annunciation, 2012) a co-production with Wrocław Doll Theatre, embarks on the difficult subject of growing up to parenthood.

2007 – Kraków Allianz Award: Nike statuette in the Culture category
2009 – Golden Laurel for mastery in art, mastery in directing and carrying out a major project in Kraków – Nowa Huta: The Łaźnia Nowa Theatre; Józef Dietl Memorial Award.
2010 – Slver Gloria Artis Medal for Merit to Culture from the Minister of Culture