Raźniak, Waldemar

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theatre director, actor and teacher, director of the National Stary Theatre in Cracow; he cooperates with theatres in Warsaw (notably Gorki’s Vassa Zheleznova, Och-Teatr; Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita, Bergman’s Sawdust and Tinsel, Collegium Nobilium Theatre), Łódź (Jakub Gawatowicz’s Tragedy of Jan, Chorea Theatre; Oliver Cotton’s Wet Weather Cover, Powszechny Theatre), Gdynia (Jolanta Janiczak’s Joanna the Mad; Queen; Shakespeare’s Othello, Gombrowicz Theatre), Białystok (Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Białystok Puppet Theatre), and Bytom (McCoy’s They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, Dance Theatre Department at the Theatre Art Academy). His interests include physical theatre, dance theatre, contemporary opera (Karol Nepelski’s Birdy after William Wharton, Tête-à-Tête Festival in London; Nepelski’s Solaris after Stanisław Lem, Malta Festival in Poznań), and radio features recorded as audiobooks (Lem’s Solaris, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, Ken Follett’s Fall of Giants, Jasmina Reza’s God of Carnage, all for Audioteka.pl). In 2016, he made his debut in the Polish TV Theatre with Piotr Domalewski’s Woman in a Mirror. For the last decade, he has taught acting in Warsaw and formerly at the Dance Theatre Department of the State High School of Theatre in Cracow, Bytom branch. In 2017–19 he was Vice-President of the Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw, and formerly Head and Deputy Head of the Acting Department; he has also lectured at the Emerson College in Boston, Theatre Academy in Beijing, Drama Studio in London, and UNAM University in Mexico City.