Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts
name = Ludwik Solski Academy
for the Dramatic Arts
native_name = Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Teatralna
im. Ludwika Solskiego
type = Public
rector = Prof.
campus = Urban
website = http://www.pwst.krakow.pl/index.jsp
address = ul. Straszewskiego 21-22,
31 - 109 Kraków
telephone = (12) 422 18 55 or 422 57 01
Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts (Polish: "Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Teatralna im. Ludwika Solskiego", often shortened to "PWST"), located in
Kraków, Poland, was founded in 1946 by a well-known Polish actor, Juliusz Osterwa, who took the initial steps leading to the establishment of the Academy through the amalgamation of three local studios, the Theatre Actors' Studio at Stary Teatr, the Słowacki TheatreActors' Studio, and Iwo Gall's Dramatic Studio connected with Juliusz Osterwa's Reduta Theatre.
The history of the
Ludwik SolskiAcademy began in 1946 with a three-year training course in drama for prospective actors. In 1949 the name of the school was changed to the State College of Acting ("Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Aktorska"), and the curriculum extended to four years. Its current name, the Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Teatralna, was determined in 1955. From 1954 to 1964 the college also provided courses in puppetry and the puppet theatre, reactivated in 1972 as an independent Puppet Theatre Faculty located in the city of Wrocław.
The new Faculty of Directing was created in 1955 and continued in its original form till 1962. In 1973 the Faculty was re-established as the Faculty of Play Directing with several students pursuing a four-year programme. The next important stage in the development of the Academy was the establishment in 1979 of the Actors' Faculty in Wrocław.
From its beginnings the Academy for the Dramatic Arts was run by some of the most prominent Polish dramatic artists, Juliusz Osterwa, Tadeusz Burnatowicz, Władysław Woźnik, Eugeniusz Fulde, Bronisław Dąbrowski, Jerzy Krasowski, Danuta Michałowska, Jerzy Trela, and
Jerzy Stuhr. The Academy's history was shaped by outstanding teachers and trainers as well as by famous theoreticians, including its own graduates who have made a substantial impact on the theatre scene in Poland and abroad. The following celebrities have also conducted practical classes in acting, directing and music: Jerzy Jarocki, Tadeusz Kantor, Mieczysław Kotlarczyk, Władysław Krzemiński, Ewa Lasek, Krystian Lupa, Krzysztof Penderecki, Anna Polony, Krystyna Skuszanka, Marta Stebnicka, Konrad Swinarski, and Roman Zawistowski. Many of these artists are still teaching at the Academy.
Some of the Academy's more outstanding graduates in its first decade included
Zbigniew Cybulski, Jerzy Grotowski, Leszek Herdegen, Gustaw Holoubek, Jerzy Jarocki, Bogumił Kobiela, and Halina Mikołajska, while subsequent decades produced further prominent alumni: Jerzy Bińczycki, Teresa Budzisz-Krzyżanowska, Ewa Demarczyk, Jan Nowicki, Jan Peszek, Anna Polony, Maciej Prus, Wojciech Pszoniak, Anna Seniuk, Jerzy Stuhr, and Marek Walczewski. Many of its students and graduates have been involved with the emergence of new dramatic initiatives, such as the establishment of Teatr STU and the Stanisław WitkiewiczTheatre in Zakopane.
From its early years the Ludwik Solski Academy was a source of continuity for the Polish theatre thanks to the fact that its teaching staff often belonged to different generations including actors from before the
Second World War, with many of them (i.e. Tadeusz Burnatowicz, Halina Gallowa, Władysław Krzemiński, Wacław Nowakowski and Władysław Woźnik) completing drama courses in prewar Poland. Close ties with the local theatre scene defined the unique character of the school from the very start. This uniqueness has been maintained even during the difficult period of the 1950s, when the authorities and the Soviet training model [Monika Mokrzycka-Pokora, "The Ludwik Solski State Theatre School" at culture.pl [http://18.104.22.168/search?q=cache:8PH65sdpVs0J:www.culture.pl/en/culture/artykuly/in_ed_pwst_krakow+Soviet+training+model&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=36&gl=ca] ] barred students from active participation in professional theatre. The directives of the StalinistMinistry of Culture marked the introduction of Socialist Realismin a schematic and vulgarized way. The repertoire of the Academy was narrowed down mostly to Russian and Soviet drama with no contemporary Western plays whatsoever. The repressive political climate lasted until after the Polish Octoberof 1956.
Close links to the leading theatres in Kraków contribute to the Academy's status. There is a direct correlation between the condition of the city's theatres and the condition of the Academy with staff composed of a fair number of Cracovian theatre personalities whose views on drama and the teaching methods cover a wide range of philosophies.
* Faculty of Acting in
** Department of Dramatic Acting
** Department of Concert Singing and Acting
** Department of Dance Theatre
*Faculty of Theatre Directing in
** Department of Theatre Directing
** Department of Theatre Dramaturgy
** Department of Puppet Theatre Directing
**Department of Acting
**Department of Puppetry
**Postgraduate study of Children's Theatre Directing
At present the Academy recruits new students for the Actors' Faculties in Kraków and Wrocław, the Faculty of Play Directing in Kraków, and the Puppet Theatre Faculty in Wrocław. Since 1946 well over a thousand students have graduated from the Ludwik Solski Academy, and found employment on theatre stages in Poland and abroad.
* [http://www.pwst.krakow.pl/historia.jsp Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts, homepage]
* [http://www.culture.pl/en/culture/artykuly/in_ed_pwst_krakow Ludwik Solski State Theatre School at www.culture.pl]
Juliusz Słowacki Theatre
Culture of Kraków
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Ludwik Solski — (20 January 1855 19 December 1954), born Ludwik Napoleon Karol Sosnowski,was a Polish stage actor and theatre director. From his stage debut in 1876 until his death (his last performance took place six months after his 99th birthday) he played in … Wikipedia
Kraków — For other uses, see Krakow (disambiguation) and Cracow (disambiguation). Kraków Main Market Square, Wawel Castle, Barbican, St. Mary s Basilica, St. Peter and Paul Church, Colleg … Wikipedia
Polish theatre — There is no strict division in Poland between theatre and film actors, therefore many stage artists are known to theatre goers from films of Andrzej Wajda (actors such as Wojciech Pszoniak, Daniel Olbrychski, Krystyna Janda, Jerzy Radziwiłowicz)… … Wikipedia
Jerzy Stuhr — in 2007 Born Jerzy Oskar Stuhr 18 April 1947 (1947 04 18) (age 64) Kraków, Poland Oc … Wikipedia
Magdalena Walach — Born Magdalena Walach 13 May 1976 (1976 05 13) (age 35) Racibórz, Poland … Wikipedia
Aldona Orman — Infobox actor name = Aldona Orman imagesize = 150px caption = birthname = birthdate = January 1, 1968 birthplace = Przedbórz, Poland deathdate = deathplace = othername = occupation = actress yearsactive = since 1989 spouse = domesticpartner =… … Wikipedia
Dorota Segda — Born Dorota Segda February 12, 1966 (1966 02 12) (age 45) Kraków, Poland … Wikipedia
Richard Tylman — Infobox Writer name = Richard Tylman imagesize = 200px caption = Richard Tylman (by David Cooper, 2006) birthdate = Birth date and age|1952|1|30|mf=y birthplace = Kraków, Poland nationality = Polish Canadian website = http://richardtylman.atspace … Wikipedia
Education in Kraków — Higher Education in Kraków takes place in 11 university level institutions with about 170,000 students and 10,000 faculty, as well as in a number of private colleges. State run institutions of higher learning * Jagiellonian University * AGH… … Wikipedia
Anna Dymna — Infobox actor name = Anna Dymna imagesize = caption = Anna Dymna, Warsaw, 2004 birthdate = birth date and age|1951|7|20 birthplace = Legnica, POL spouse = yearsactive = 1969–present occupation = actress academyawards = baftaawards = emmyawards =… … Wikipedia