Natalia Korczakowska


She studied theatre directing and theatre studies at The Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw. Her first directed play was „Pensjonat Madryt” based on Aglaja Veteranyi's prose in 2006. She assised René Pollesch and Oskaras Koršunovas.

Korczakowska has been directing theatre productions in Poland since 2006, including „Electra – The Anatomy Lesson” for Cyprian Norwid Theatre in Jelenia Góra, stage-adaptation of Stanisław Lem's novel „Solaris” for TR Warsaw, the G.E Lessing play „Nathan The Sage” for National Theatre in Warsaw, and Adam Mickiewicz’s “Forefathers part III” for Dramatic Theatre in Białystok, after which M. Piekutowa wrote: "Forefathers Part III one wants to study with a copy of the original in hand as it is hard to find such a well thought out staging, full of consequence and precision...”. At STUDIO Theatregallery she has directed acclaimed by audiences and critics adaptation of „Berlin Alexanderplatz” by Alfred Döblin and „Demons” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. J.O’quinn wrote: “None of the artists in Generation After 2 proved more in tune with her nation’s sociopolitical dilemmas than Natalia Korczakowska. It opened with an iconic image of Czar Nicholas II and his family, enclosed in a plastic cubicle; a cloud of smoke engulfed them, and one by one they fell to the floor. Voilá: Revolution, the Holocaust, Aleppo.”

Korczakowska's opera productions includes W. Rihm's „Jakob Lenz” and S. Moniuszko's „Halka” conducted by Marc Minkowski for the Polish National Opera in Warsaw. She collaborated with the prestigious Ensemble Modern orchestra on H. W. Henze's „El Cimarrón” at the Thalia Theatre in Hamburg. She directed „Lost Highway” by Elfride Jelinek and Olga Neuwirth for New Horizons International Film Festival in Wrocław, after which Katja Petrowskaja wrote in Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung: „National Music Forum created a perfect scene to explore the unsolved mysteries of this cult film. The director Natalia Korczakowska created from this music a theater stereo effect”. And M. Kocur wrote: „Movie-opera Lost Highway, staged by Natalia Korczakowska, is an acclaimed example of modern critical art, courageous and sharp, skillfully made and masterfully executed. ”

In April 2016, Korczakowska became the artistic director of the Studio Theater in Warsaw and changed its name – as a tribute to the avant-garde tradition of the place in the spirit of Józef Szajna and Jerzy Grzegorzewski – to STUDIO theatergallery. STUDIO theatregallery is one of the most important experimental theatre spaces in Poland.