One of the most outstanding Polish theater directors; scenographer, graphic designer, playwright, translator and professor of theatrical art. He studied graphic arts at the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts, directing at the Lodz State Film and Television School and directing drama at the State Higher School of Theater in Kraków.
He directed such outstanding performances as “Nadobnisie i koczkodany” (1978), “Maciej Korbowa i Bellatrix” (1986) in Jelenia Góra and “Miasto snu” (1985), “Marzyciele” (1988), “Brothers Karamazow” (1990), “Malte” (1991), “Kalkwerk” (1992). In TR Warszawa, the director worked on the premiere of “Stosunki Klary” (2003) and “Miasto snu” (2012).
Krystian Lupa is the laureate of the most important Polish theater awards, including the Konrad Swinarski – awarded by the editors of the monthly “Teatr” – (1988) for directing the play “Marzyciele” by Robert Musil at the Stary Teatr im. Helena Modrzejewska in Krakow, Awards Leon Schiller (1992) and numerous awards at national and international festivals, among others Grand Prix for “Lunatycy” for the best foreign performance in France in the season 1998/99.
In 2000, he was awarded the Austrian First Class Cross of Honor of Science and Art for cultural activities, in the same year he also received the PO Thematic Section of the Theater PO ITI Award – Polish Center of the International Theater Institute for popularizing Polish theater in the world. In 2005 he was awarded the Gold Medal “Zasłużony Kulturze Gloria Artis” by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. In 2009 he received the prestigious European Theater Award. He was nominated twice for the Nike Literary Award: in 2002 for the “Labirynt” and in 2004 for “Podglądanie”.
In 2014, he received the prestigious Austrian award Nestroy Preis in the best director category – for the spectacle “Holzfaellen” at the Schauspielhaus Graz. In 2016, he received the Lithuanian Golden Cross Scene Award for exhibiting Thomas Bernhard’s “Heldenplatz” at the Lithuanian National Dramatic Theater in Vilnius. In 2017 he received the awards of the French Association of Theater, Music and Dance Critics for the best foreign performance and the best book about the theater.
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