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Everything You Wanted to Know about Polish Theater (But Were Afraid to Ask)

Moderated by David Sefton, Director, UCLA Live
Co-presented with The Adam Mickiewicz Institute present
Monday, November 16, 2009
Episode Summary
Join us for a fascinating discussion on the Polish theater tradition and what makes Polish theater so vital today.

Participant(s) Bio
Tom Sellar is editor of Theater magazine and associate professor of dramaturgy and dramatic criticism at Yale University. His criticism and reporting have appeared in the New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, American Theatre and other national publications. Sellar received his doctorate from Yale in 2003 and is currently writing a book about theater in Eastern Europe since 1989.

For Theater, Yale's journal of criticism, reportage, and plays, Sellar has researched, written for, and edited special editions about new Polish theater (including Grzegorz Jarzyna and TR Warszawa) and devoted to the playwright/novelist Witold Gombrowicz. He is currently preparing a volume on the ideas of influential Polish director Krystian Lupa, Since Sellar became editor in 2003, Theater has also published issues on contemporary performance in Russia, Hungary, Romania, and Serbia, with support from the Trust for Mutual Understanding.


Richard Schechner is University Professor and Professor of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. He is editor of "TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies," general editor of the Worlds of Performance and co-editor with Carol Martin of Enactments (Seagull). His books include Environmental Theater, Between Theater and Anthropology, The End of Humanism, Performance Theory, The Future of Ritual, and Performance Studies-An Introduction. He founded The Performance Group and East Coast Artists, with whom he directed many productions that have been seen around the world. He has directed plays in India, South Africa, and China. Among his numerous fellowships and awards is a Lifetime Achievement Award from Performance Studies International, a Career Achievement Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and an Honorary Doctorate from the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. Schechner is an honorary professor at the Institute of Fine Arts, Havana, and at the Shanghai Theatre Academy where in 2005 the "Schechner Center for Performance Studies" was inaugurated. He is the Curator of the 2009 Year of Grotowski in New York.