Agata Adamiecka-Sitek – a graduate of cultural studies at the University of Silesia, theatre researcher, critic, publisher. Her work is focused on questions of gender, corporality and politicality of art. Author of the book Teatr i tekst. Inscenizacja w teatrze postmodernistycznym (Theatre and Text. Staging in the Postmodern Theatre, 2006), editor of many books on Polish theatre and performing culture. Author of several dozen scientific articles in periodicals and collective volumes. Member of the editorial team of the first edition of Jerzy Grotowski's Teksty zebrane (Collected Texts, 2013). Editor of „Polish Theatre Journal” scientific magazine – polishtheatrejournal.com. She works at the Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute as the head of the Scientific and Publishing Division. Assistant professor at the Aleksander Zelwerowicz Theatre Academy in Warsaw. As a dramaturg, she collaborates on a permanent basis with director Marta Górnicka in chorus theatre projects.
Agata Diduszko-Zyglewska – a social activist, journalist, publicist; since November 2018, a city councilwoman of Warsaw. She publishes on the portal KrytykaPolityczna.pl, in Gazeta Wyborcza, Vogue.pl. Creator of the feminist satirical program "Przy Kawie o Sprawie" (Talk it Through over Coffee – transl.). Co-author of the Warsaw cultural development program, as well as a map of church paedophilia in Poland. Member of the Krytyka Polityczna team and a collaborator of the Nie Lękajcie Się Foundation and the Chlebem i Solą movement (Do Not Be Afraid / With Bread and Salt – transl.). Nominated for the title of Warszawianka of the Year 2018. Her work is focused on culture, education, women's rights and relations between the church and the state.
Iwona Kurz – culture critic and historian, works at the Institute of Polish Culture at the University of Warsaw. Author of the book Twarze w tłumie (Faces in the Crowd, 2005), Nomination for the Nike Award, Michałek Award for the best book in the field of film studies), co-author of the books Obyczaje polskie. Wiek XX w krótkich hasłach (Polish customs. 20th century in Short Entries, 2008), Ślady Holokaustu w imaginarium kultury polskiej (Traces of the Holocaust in the Imaginarium of Polish Culture, 2017), Ekspozycje nowoczesności. Wystawy a doświadczanie procesów modernizacyjnych w Polsce 1821–1929. (Expositions of Modernity. Exhibitions and Experiencing of Modernisation Processes in Poland in 1821-1929, 2017) and Kultura wizualna w Polsce (Visual Culture in Poland, 2017, two volumes), editor of the volume Film i historia (Film and History, 2008), co-editor of Antropologia ciała (Anthropology of the Body, 2008) and Antropologia kultury wizualnej (Anthropology of Visual Culture , 2012). Editor and co-author of publications on the activity in the field of culture: Animacja kultury. Doświadczenie i przyszłość (Animation of Culture. Experience and Future, 2002), Teraz! Animacja kultury (Now! Animation of Culture, 2008), Lokalnie: animacja kultury / community arts (Locally: animation of culture / community arts, 2008). As a researcher, educator and expert, she cooperates with many cultural institutions and non-governmental organisations in Warsaw. Editor of the magazine "Widok. Teorie i Praktyki Kultury Wizualnej" ( www.pismowidok.org). More information: http://ikp.uw.edu.pl/dr-hab-iwona-kurz/.
Edwin Bendyk – a journalist, publicist and writer, works in the "Polityka" weekly where he heads the science section. Author of books: Zatruta studnia. Rzecz o władzy i wolności (The Poisoned Well. On Power and Freedom, 2002), Antymatrix. Człowiek w labiryncie sieci (Antymatrix. Man in the Maze of the Net, 2004), Miłość, wojna, rewolucja. Szkice na czas kryzysu (Love, War, Revolution. Essays for the Time of Crisis, 2009) and Bunt Sieci (The Rebellion of the Net, 2012). In 2014 he published, together with Jacek Santorski and Witold Orłowski, the book Jak żyć w świecie, który oszalał (How to Live in a World That Has Gone Mad). At the Faculty of Sociology of the University of Warsaw, he lectures on digital culture within the framework of the Language and Society major. Lecturer at the Collegium Civitas, where he heads The Centre for Studies on Future. In the Centre of Social Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Graduate School for Social Research), he conducts a seminar on new media. Deputy editor-in-chief of the „Kultura i rozwój” scientific magazine. He belongs to the Polish PEN Club. Member of the European Council on Foreign Research.
Sebastian Cichocki (1975) – is the main curator at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and the Sculpture Park in Bródno. He curated and co-curated such exhibitions as the Polish pavilion at the 52nd and 54th Venice Biennial: 1: 1 by Monika Sosnowska (2007), ... and Europe will Be Stunned by Yael Bartany (2011), Resistance of the Form. Non-Exhibition. Visual Statements within the Framework of the Forum of the Future of Culture (Powszechny Theatre, 2017), Rainbow in the Dark. On the Joy and Torment of Faith (SALT, Istanbul, 2014), Making Use. Life in Postartistic Times (with Kuba Szreder, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, 2016), New National Art. National-Patriotic Realism in the 21st-century Poland (with Łukasz Ronduda, Museum of Modern Art, 2012). Cichocki focuses on "postartistic practices", the art of the earth, and literature as a form of exhibitioning.
Paweł Łysak – a graduate of the Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology of the University of Warsaw and of the Department of Drama Directing at the Warsaw State Higher School of Theatre. He has directed over 30 productions on the stages of theatres of Warsaw, Poznań, Bydgoszcz, Lublin, Łódź and Toruń, as well as seventy radio plays. Winner of prestigious awards and distinctions, including the Golden Cross "for merits for Polish culture" (2015), the annual Award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage in the category of Theatre (2012), Polityka weekly's "Passport" (2008), awards for directing at the 16th National Competition for the Staging of Polish Contemporary Drama (2010), Grand Prix of the Festival of the Polish Radio Theatre and Polish Television Theatre "Dwa Teatry – Sopot" (2011). From 2000 to 2003 he co-directed, together with Paweł Wodziński, the Polski Theatre in Poznań. From 2006 to 2014, he was the director of the Polski Theatre in Bydgoszcz. Since September 2014, director of the Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw. From 2012 to 2016, Chairman of the Council for Artistic Institutions at the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Since 2014, vice-president of the Association of Theatre Directors and, since 2017, deputy chairman of the Guild of Polish Theatre Directors.
Igor Stokfiszewski – a researcher, participant and initiator of activities in the field of social and community theatre and engaged art; activist. He cooperated with venues including the Łaźnia Nowa Theatre (Krakow), Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards (Pontedera, Italy), German collective Rimini Protokoll, and artists: Artur Żmijewski, Paweł Althamer and Jaśmina Wójcik. As a dramaturg, he co-created theatre productions directed by Wojtek Klemm, Agnieszka Olsten and Bartosz Szydłowski at venues including the Narodowy Stary Teatr in Krakow, the Studio Theatre in Warsaw and the Współczesny Theatre in Wrocław. Co-curator of artistic and social activities in post-industrial spaces The Plant. Ursus 2014 and Ursus – a Walk in Time (2015). Co-author of the script and second director of a participatory creative documentary directed by Jaśmina Wójcik, Symfornia fabryki Ursus (Ursus Plant Symphony, 2018). He was a member of the team of the 7th Biennial of Contemporary Art in Berlin (2012). Author of the book Zwrot polityczny (Politcal Twist, 2009), editor of the e-book Culture and Development: Beyond Neoliberal Reason (2017) and co-editor of such volumes as Kultura i rozwój. Analizy, rekomendacje, studia przypadków (Culture and Development. Analyses, Recommendations, Case Studies, 2016), Built the City: Perspectives on Commons and Culture (2015) and Jerzy Grotowski. Teksty zebrane (Collected Texts, 2012). Member of the Krytyka Polityczna team, the board of the European Alternatives organization and the political movement DiEM25, founded by Yannis Varoufakis; also an activist of the Inicjatywa Pracownicza trade union.
Paweł Sztarbowski – holder of a PhD degree in humanities. He graduated in philosophy at the University of Warsaw, and studied theatre science at the Theatre Academy in Warsaw. Between 2006 and 2011, he worked at the Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute as Head of Theater Promotion, then between 2011 and 2014 at the Polski Theatre in Bydgoszcz as the Programme Deputy Director and Programme Director at the Festiwal Prapremier (First Premieres Festival). From 2014, he has been working at the Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw as a deputy programme director. He was a theatre reviewer. He lectures at the Theatre Academy in Warsaw and at the College of Information Technology and Management at the Polish Academy of Sciences. As a dramaturg, he cooperated with such directors as Michał Zadara, Paweł Łysak, Wojciech Faruga, Marcin Liber and Nils Torpus. His radio play Somosierra was awarded the Grand Prix of the Festival of the Polish Radio Theatre and Polish Television Theatre "Dwa Teatry" (2011). Winner of the theatre award of the Mayor of Bydgoszcz for 2013 and theatre award of the Marshall of the Cuiavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship for 2014.
Marta Keil – a culture expert, curator and researcher, member of the Reskeil collective. Together with Grzegorz Reske, she led the Theatre Confrontations in Lublin (2013-2017). Author and curator of the East European Performing Arts Platform (EEPAP) project in Lublin. Curator of the Polski Theatre in Bydgoszcz (2014-2016) and co-author of the new formula of the Festiwal Prapremier (First Premieres Festival) (2015). She worked as a curator and dramaturg with Agnieszka Jakimiak, Rabih Mroué, Agata Siniarska, Ania Vujanović, She She Pop and others. She carried out curatorial projects in institutions including the Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw, the Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute in Warsaw, Komuna Warszawa, Schauspielhaus Bochum. Editor of books Choreografia: polityczność (Choreography: Politicality, 2018), Odzyskiwanie tego, co oczywiste. O instytucji festiwalu (Recovering the Obvious. On the Institution of a Festival, 2017), Dance, Process, Artistic Research (2015) and co-editor of the monographic issue 1-2 / 2017 of the Polish Theatre Journal.
Grzegorz Reske – a curator and producer, permanent collaborator of the East European Performing Arts Platform. In 2013-2017, together with Marta Keil, he was in charge of the form and programme of the Theatre Confrontations in Lublin. In recent years, he also collaborated with the Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw, Kalisz Theatre Meetings, the Labirynt Gallery in Lublin and other art centres. Member of the board of IETM International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts in Brussels. He regularly teaches classes in management and cultural policies as well as contemporary performative arts at the Maria Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin and the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw.
Julia Minasiewicz – a feminist, antifascist, LGBTQ rights activist. She belongs to the Porozumienie Kobiet 8 Marca movement; she co-organised Manifa 2018 and the first Polish pro-abortion march; member of several informal groups and editorial teams. As an activist, she is both a co-organiser and participant of many protests and demonstrations. A former scholarship fellow of the Prof. Bronisław Geremek Foundation Centre; currently, she studies at the University of Warsaw.
Sebastian Słowiński – a publicist and social activist. He studies at the University of Warsaw at the College of Inter-area Individual Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences; at the University of Warsaw, he is active within the Student Antifascist Committee, the Committed University and the Academic Protest Committee. He is also a member of the Crisis Committee of Polish Humanities. Co-author of the draft of the 1st Participatory Budget at the University of Warsaw. He writes for "Gazeta Wyborcza" and "Bez Dogmatu", he has also published in the magazines "Krytyka Polityczna" and "Machina Myśli". Participant and co-initiator of opposition, antifascist and university protests.
Kuba Szreder – is a graduate of sociology at Jagiellonian University Krakow. He works as an “independent” curator, and his interdisciplinary curatorial projects combine artistic practices with critical examination of society. In 2009, together with Bęc Zmiana Foundation and other colleagues, he initiated Free/Slow University of Warsaw. His theoretical research reflects upon the apparatuses of contemporary artistic production and their socio-economic context. In the Summer of 2015, he was awarded a practice-based PhD from Loughborough University School of the Arts. His thesis scrutinizes economic and governmental aspects of project-making and their impact on an “independent” curatorial practice.