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Contemporary Theater in Szczecin

Contemporary Theater in Szczecin

Contemporary Theater in Szczecin – a professional theater company staging contemporary plays, classic drama and occasional performances for children. It is run by managing director Mirosław Gawęda (since 2009) and artistic director Anna Augustynowicz (since 1992).

Considered one of the leading theater companies in Poland, Teatr Współczesny, was founded in 1976 after the separation of the State Drama Theatres established in the 1950s. Currently the theater has three different stages: the main stage (344 seats) inside the impressive building on Wały Chrobrego also housing the National Museum, the adjacent small stage called Malarnia (60 seats), another small stage – Tear Mały (40 seats) in a centrally located town house on Deptak Bogusława.

Other artistic directors were: Maciej Englert (1976-1979), Andrzej Chrzanowski (1979-1981), Ryszard Major (1982-1990) and Bogusław Kierc (1990-1992). The current artistic director Anna Augustynowicz is also the longest standing artistic director (1992 to this day). She is one of the most respected theater directors in Poland.

As indicated by its name, Teatr Współczesny mostly stages contemporary drama, both Polish and foreign, and the performances are often world premieres, e.g. “Young Death” („Młoda śmierć”) by Grzegorz Nawrocki, “I Love You. The Three of Us” („Kocham. Nas troje”) by Marek Koterski, “People Annihilation or my Liver is Sick” („Moja wątroba jest bez sensu albo zagłada ludu”) by Werner Schwab, “Popcorn” („Popcorn”) by Ben Elton, “Some Explicit Polaroids” („Polaroidy”) by Mark Ravenhill, “Comic Potential” („Komiczna siła”) by Alan Ayckbourn or the recently realized: “Migraine” („Migrena”) by Antonina Grzegorzewska, “Gethsemane“ („Getsemani”) by David Hare, “The Girl on the Sofa” („Dziewczyna na kanapie”) by Jon Fosse.

Teatr Współczesny is a model example of a theater with the ability to harmoniously combine risky explorations in the staging of the newest plays with interesting interpretations of classic drama. A good example of the latter is “The Wedding” („Wesele”), a play directed by Anna Augustynowicz which was named the most outstanding staging of the Stanisław Wyspiański play by the jury of the 2007 Wyspański Festival.

The attention Teatr Współczesny gets as a theater that looks for interesting staging solutions is also due to the continuous collaboration with a generation of young directors, whose brave productions make up the repertoire reflecting new perspectives on reality not only through text selection but also formal interpretation, e.g. “Judith” („Judyta”), “Life is a Dream” („Życie to sen”) by Wojtek Klemm, “The Piece about Mother and the Motherland” („Utwór o Matce i Ojczyźnie”) and “Macbeth” („Makbet”) by Marcin Liber or performances created by Natalia Sołtysik and Antonina Grzegorzewska.

In addition, Teatr Współczesny has an educational program: Summer Theater Workshops for children and teenagers and the project “Opener” („Otwieracz”) – a series of therapeutic theater workshops for children with disabilities. Both projects end with premier shows prepared by the children under the supervision of professional artists associated with the theater – actors, composers, and set designers.

Teatr Współczesny is perceived as an institution that popularizes both Polish and foreign contemporary dramaturgy. For many seasons it hosted the project based on performative reading of plays titled “The Barbarian Invasions” („Inwazja Barbarzyńców”), and in 2008 it was the organizer of “The Days of Austrian Drama and Theater” („Dni dramatu i teatru austriackiego”). Teatr Współczesny in Szczecin is also one of the organizers of the international “Small Theatre Forms Festival KONTRAPUNKT.”

Contemporary Theater in Szczecin
Wały Chrobrego 3
70-500 Szczecin
tel. 91 434 54 14