I am the head of Cultural Studies Institute at the University of Wroclaw, and a professor of acting and theatre directing at the National Academy of Theatre Arts in Wroclaw.
A theatre director and scholar, previously civil engineer, I took my MS (1979) in the Civil Engineering Department at the Wroclaw University of Technology, my MFA (1986) in the Department of Play Directing at the National Academy of Theatre Arts in Cracow and my PhD (1999) in the Department of Philology at the University of Wrocław. My doctorate, “Practice of the Ancient Theatre”, was the basis for a critically acclaimed book on the ancient Greek theatre (in Polish: "Teatr antycznej Grecji", 2001). It was awarded the 2001 Academic Book Award (Ministry of Education and Sport) and the Best Book of 2001 Award (Brilliant of the Year).
My habilitation monography on theatricality of ancient Rome (in Polish: "We władzy teatru: aktorzy i widzowie w antycznym Rzymie", 2005) was also highly acclaimed and won the prestigious Wojciech Boguslawski Award (Polish Section of the International Association of Theatre Critics). Recently, the updated and thoroughly revised version of this book was published in English - "The Power of Theater: Actors and Spectators in Ancient Rome" (2018). I am also an author of two books on the medieval theatre in England (in Polish, "Drugie narodziny teatru: Performse anglosaskich mnichów", 2010; "Teatr bez teatru: Performanse w Angli Wschodniej u schyłku średniowiecza", 2012). The first book was also published in English - "The Second Birth of Theatre: Performances of Anglo-Saxon Monks" (2017).
My current research focuses on the origins of theatre. My monography in Polish (“Źródła teatru”, 2013), accompanied by the website: www.zrodlateatru.pl, was a winner of the Annual Best Scholar Book Award. The updated and thoroughly revised version of the book was published in English - "On the Origins of Theatre" (2016).
I designed and built many bridges in Poland’s South; directed happenings, theatre productions and para-theatrical events in the Polish villages; participated in many workshops at the Jerzy Grotowski’s Laboratory Theatre; directed the Second Studio of Wrocław (former site of the Laboratory Theatre, 1987-1990) and was the Artistic Director of the “Broken Walls” Festival of Eastern European Drama in Northern California (1991). In 2005 I was awarded a Fulbright Research Scholarship at the Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, Georgia. I directed plays professionally and lectured extensively in Poland, Switzerland, Italy, Great Britain, Germany, Greece and in the USA.