From an early age in love with theater, I dedicated my life to theater. I studied individually “theatrical lighting” (at that time an unknown field of study in Poland) at the same time taking a job at the Syrena Theater and then at the Polish Theater. I worked at the Polish Theater for 10 years. Later I worked at the National Theater.
I prepared the lighting design of many premiere performances of the Polish Theater in Warsaw. As chief engineer (Polish Theater) and technical director (at the National Theater), I supervised the preparation of the stage settings for many plays. I worked with many outstanding stage designers and scenographers, including Maciej Z. Bordowicz, Kazimierz Dejmek, Adam Hanuszkiewicz, August Kowalczyk, Mariusz Chwedczuk, Adam Kilian, Marian Kołodziej, Andrzej Kreütz-Majewski, Krystyna Meissner, Tadeusz Mincem, Anna Minkiewicz, Krzysztof Pankiewicz, Michał Pawlicki, Jan Polewka, Jerzy Rakowiecki, Teresa Roszkowska, Andrzej Sadowski, Jan Skotnicki, Józef Szajna, Zofia Wierchowicz, Ryszard Winiarski, Xymena Zaniewska and with many others.
During martial law, when the theater was completely politicized, I found that I could do more for the theater without being in the theater. I led to the establishment of OTO (www.oto.teatr-tv), a company dedicated to designing and equipping theaters and performance venues. During our 30 years in business, we have completed a great many projects. One of our projects for a theater hall in the Wieliczka Salt Mine, along with 4 other projects for unconventional Polish theater stages, received a silver medal at the Prague Quadriennalle world exhibition of stage design and theater architecture. For more information, please see the ABOUT COMPANY section.
I prepared the light setting for 6 consecutive Polish exhibitions of the World Exhibition of Stage Design and Theater Architecture Quadriennale in Prague.
Together with the OTO team, I prepared and realized the technical setting (lighting, sound system) of the Polish Pavilion at Expo 2000 in Hannover and the handling of all events that took place there every day for a period of 6 months. During the realization of the Expo 2000 I cooperated with excellent stage designers: Andrzej Kreütz-Majewski and Boris Kudliczka, authors of the Polish Pavilion project.
Photography has always accompanied me, at one time I directed it towards theater photography. This allowed me to combine my two greatest passions: theater and photography. I realize a variety of photographic projects with a theatrical theme. I would like to bring theater lovers closer to the backstage of the theater, the actor’s work on a role, the process of creating performances, disappearing theater crafts and show theater artists at work….
In the meantime, I completed postgraduate studies at the SWPS Humanities University – Laboratory of New Theatrical Practices (modules: Dramaturgy, Innovative Artistic Practices, Producer/Curator, Theater as a Project and New Technologies and Languages).
I attend press rehearsals before new premieres. Often my photography projects will be accompanied by conversations with creators, actors, dancers and theater professionals. I take photos during performances, during read-throughs, situation rehearsals and and dress rehearsals: photo-oto.com, photo-oto.com/theater/.
I am passionate about working to document the entire creative process from the first read-through rehearsal to the premiere. In February 2015, I completed a multi-stage photography project in which I documented the entire creative process of the Machulski Acting School’s graduation play “Cold Child” with my camera. The play was written by popular German playwright and dramatist of the younger generation Marius Von Mayenburg. The play was directed by Krzysztof Ogłoza, an educator at the Acting School.
In the period of 13.03 – 17.05.2018, with a camera, I assisted at the Polish Theater in Warsaw with all rehearsals of the play “The King” based on the novel by Szczepan Twardoch, adapted by Pawel Demirski. The play was directed by Monika Strzępka.
For years, the condition of theaters has been weakening, and over the last year of the COVID-19 pandemic it has critically worsened, which is why I created and run PRO BONO group TEATR (https://www.facebook.com/groups/919333224793302) under the slogan SAVE THEATERS, which supports the activity of theaters and theater artists in their fight for survival.