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All the World's a Stage
June 30, 2011   
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Warsaw will host the MFST ITSelF International Theater Schools Festival for the sixth time from June 27 to July 3.

Drawing growing audiences every year, the festival is becoming one of the largest and most prestigious events of its kind in the world. It aims to promote theater, bring different cultures closer together, help its participants share experiences and show Poland as a country that supports culture and is aware of how important it is to society. In previous years, the festival was attended by over 40 theater schools from different countries, drawing thousands of visitors from across the globe.

This year, festival guests will include the Lee Strasberg studio in New York and troupes from China, South Korea, Iran, Britain, Spain, Greece, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Austria, Sweden, Italy and the Netherlands. Poland will be represented by the Aleksander Zelwerowicz State Theater Academy in Warsaw and the Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Cracow.

A total of 13 productions have been selected for the festival’s main competition. They will be staged at the Theater Academy, the Collegium Nobilium Theater, the National Theater, the Studio Theater and the Centralny Basen Artystyczny in Warsaw. Foreign-language plays will be subtitled in Polish.

The festival judges will include Indian set designer and theater director Shri Robin Das, American actor Stacy Keach, theater and opera director Jeffrey Sichel, Lithuanian theater critic and theorist Ramune Marcinkieviciute and Polish film and theater director Krzysztof Zanussi.

The festival is organized by the Aleksander Zelwerowicz State Theater Academy in Warsaw with support of Warsaw City Hall and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. It is held under the honorary auspices of Polish President Bronisław Komorowski.

M.R.

For further information go to www.at.edu.pl
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