Wojtyszko, Maciej

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born in 1946, he is a film, theatre and TV director, writer, author of theatre plays. He graduated from the Department of Directing of the Leon Schiller State High School of Film, Television and Theatre in Łódź. One the Poland’s most popular directors, he has authored several dozen plays, including theatre stagings of Thomas Bernhard, Sławomir Mrożek, and Witold Gombrowicz, through children’s plays, to the TV sitcom Honey Years. 

As a director, he is primarily attracted by the theatre literature of the 20th century, especially when it features intelligent humour. is includes Wojtyszko’s most renowned interpretations such as Alexander Gelman’s The Bench (Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw, 1986), John Krizanc’s Tamara (Studio Theatre in Warsaw, 1990), Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine, a box office hit featuring actress Krystyna Janda (Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw, 1990). One of his leading stagings was Ronald Harwood The Dresser at Wrocław’s Polski Theatre (1990). 

He is the author of Semiramide (premiered by Erwin Axer at the Współczesny Theatre in Warsaw, 1996), Revival (Stary Theatre in Cracow, 1995), Iron Structure (directed by the author at the Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw, 1998), and Bulgakov (directed by the author at the Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Cracow, 2002). He has also directed numerous plays for children, providing scripts and lyrics. He has authored well-received children’s books, including Bromba i inniSaga rodu Klaptunów, and Tajemnica szyfru Marabuta

He has directed fiction films including Synteza,Tajemnica szyfru MarabutaŚwięty interes, and Louise’s Garden. In 2018, he was nominated for the Jan Kiepura Prize for Best Opera Director for his premiere of Michał Dobrzyński’s Tango at the Warsaw Chamber Opera. His latest work is The Pervert, a play he wrote and directed at the Polski Theatre in Warsaw about the meetings between Gombrowicz, Miłosz and Herbert. 

His numerous theatre and film awards are topped by the Knight’s Cross (2003) and Officer’s Cross (2011) of the Order of Polonia Restituta as well as the Order of the Smile.