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All the World's a Stage - 9th ITSelF International Theater School Festival
May 14, 2017   
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Theater school students from 11 countries will stage 17 performances during the ninth ITSelF International Theater School Festival in Warsaw June 30-July 6.

This year’s festival venues are the Collegium Nobilium Theater, the Ateneum Theater and the Syrena Theater. Most performances will have English subtitles.

The festival will open with a play entitled Project Zero - Witzelsucht, directed by Liwia Bargiel.

A total of 10 productions have been selected for the festival’s main competition. This year’s festival judges are Sarah Hickler - Head of Acting Department of Performing Arts, Massachusetts College of Art., Boston University; Patrick Spottiswoode - Director of Shakespeare Globe Education and a prominent Polish actress Danuta Stenka.

The following performances will compete for the festiwal awards: Guus Diepenmaat’s Hohohoho brought by the Royal Institute of Theatre, Cinema and Sound at Erasmus University College in Brussels, Belgium and a play based on Michel Houellebecq’s texts, staged by the students of Theatre Academy University of Arts in Helsinki, Finland. The Soore University, Tehran, Iran will bring to Warsaw Pooyesh Frozandeh’s Stone Rite and students of National School of Dramatic Art in Peru will show Elena Garro’s The Dogs. Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Department of Drama and Theater Studies will put on stage Eugen Jebeleanu’s Families.

Other competition entries include Oleg & Vladimir Presnyakov’s Terrorism by Academy of Arts in Banska Bystrica, Theatre Department, in Slovakia, Lars Noren, War staged by Department of Drama & Theatre, University of Michigan, USA, The Farm, brought by Sofia Amendolea Theatre Academy from Rome, Italy and Enemies, a Love Story, based on Isaac Bashevis Singer novel performed by Yoram Loewenstein Acting School in Tel Aviv.

Ever since the festival was held for the first time, it has always featured a play staged by the Aleksander Zelwerowicz State Theater Academy in Warsaw, which is the organizer of the event. This year Warsaw students will show August Strindberg’s The Pelican. Playing with Fire.

There will also be perfomances shown outside the competition by two other Polish theatre schools: the Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Cracow and The Polish National Film, Television and Theater School in Łodz.

Last but not least, the famous Lee Strasberg Studio from New York will show S. Shepard’s Fool for Love.

The festiwal program features a numer of accompanying events like theater workshops and a theater symposium “Giessen and others – Cross-disciplinary theatre education”.

Drawing growing audiences, the festival is becoming one of the largest and most prestigious events of its kind in the world. Each edition it is attended by around 6,000 viewers. The festiwal 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 50 theater schools from different countries, drawing thousands of visitors from across the globe.

The festival is organized every second year by the Aleksander Zelwerowicz State Theater Academy in Warsaw with support of Warsaw City Hall and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Since the first edition it has been held under the honorary auspices of the Polish President.

This year, Wojciech Malajakt, Rector of Zelwerowicz Theater Academy is the artistic director of the festival.

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