Krystian Lupa

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Krystian Lupa
Born (1943-11-07) 7 November 1943 (age 75)
Alma materLudwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts
Occupationstage director
Years active1977-present
AwardsSwinarski Award (1988)
Schiller Award (1992)
Witkacy Prize (2000)
Europe Theatre Prize (2009)
HonoursOrder of Polonia Restituta Gold Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis Ordre des Arts et des Lettres Austrian Decoration for Science and Art

Krystian Lupa (born 7 November 1943) is a Polish theatre director, set designer, playwright, translator and pedagogue. He has been called "the greatest European living theatre director".[1]

Life and work[edit]

He studied physics at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, between 1963-1969 he studied graphics at the Kraków Academy of Fine Arts, also film directing at the National Higher School of Film in Łódź and finally, theatre directing at the Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts. In Lodz he started to collaborate with Konrad Swinarski, and was influenced by the works of Tadeusz Kantor. After the studies he started working in Old Town Theatre in Krakow and also in Cyprian Kamil Norwid Theatre in Jelenia Góra. Lupa is famous for his specific methods of working with the text and actors in very organic way also calling as „laboratory rehearsals“.[2]

During his career he made a lot of notable productions based on texts of Robert Musil, Thomas Bernhardt, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Rainer Maria Rilke, Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz or Witold Gombrowicz.[3]

He was awarded with numerous prominent awards which include Gold Gloria Artis Medal, Order of Polonia Restituta, Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and Austrian Decoration for Science and Art.

In 2008, he publicly came out as gay in an interview for Film magazine.

In 2016, he received the Golden Cross of the Stage Award in Lithuanina for staging Thomas Bernhard's play 'Heldenplatz' (Heroes' Square) in Lithuanian National Drama Theatre.


  1. ^ "Krystian Lupa / Europejski Kongres Kultury". Retrieved 2016-10-24.
  2. ^ "Krystian Lupa | Twórca |". Retrieved 2016-10-24.
  3. ^ "Krystian Lupa". TRWarszawa. Retrieved 2016-10-24.

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