Trainers

International artist-trainers team consist of individuals who are active in the field of performance arts: mostly improvisational theatre, theatre, contemporary dance and also opera and ballet. They are, however, not only active performers and artists, but all have strong passion to make an impact in pedagogical approaches and develop methodology for creating active artistic experiences for different target groups, especially for the young.
Katarzyna Młynarska

Katarzyna Młynarska

Poland

Who am I?

I graduated from the famous Film School in Łódź in Poland in 1999, Acting Department. I have been doing impro since 2010, I started with my friends – actors, with whom we established AB OVO Improv Theatre. I am the founder of – the first in Poland – improv festival called 321IMPROV. The first edition took place in 2011 in Konstancin-Jeziorna, this year a big celebration was planned – its 10th anniversary but unfortunately the epidemic thwarted these plans.

During these ten years I did workshops for kids, youth, adults, seniors, worked with business people, teachers. A year ago I organized (first time in Poland) a conference for educational sector - „Improv at School - teaching by artistic experience” - dedicated to teachers. As for now I do workshops for this particular group with an intention to “install” improv in schools in my country.
 

What do I do?

Improv is my „love” and my passion. It is my life philosophy – I even named my business “Improlife”. I believe in improv  rules: keep it simple, be attentive, listen to others. I believe that the world could be better if we showed improv to people all over the world - globally. Why do I think so? Because improv changed me, it changed my point of view. During workshops I saw how improv opens, gives power and faith, sensitizes no matter who the participant is, everyone takes from improv. Improv helps people to be better for themselves and  others. 

 

What do I want to achieve?

I am very happy to be part of this project. Move/dance is a big space to explore improve in, maybe create a new way to dance or a new way to improv. Is the sky the limit?
I met wonderful people in the first project “Young theatre”, I was a guest then and now I am part of this crazy and professional Team. I will do my best to share all I know as much as I can. 

 

Wiktor Malinowski

Wiktor Malinowski

Poland

Who am I?

I was born in Pisz, a small city in Masuria. I got into music in my youth. It wasn’t any music but Death Metal. I used to play in some bands and I was overally doing good. After high school graduation I moved to Gdańsk and then the whole adventure started.
By profession, I’m a welder. Nevertheless, as soon as theatre had mesmerized me, I let go of my occupation in 1999 and completely devoted myself to art. With the thought of starting an adventure with no precise end in mind, I took a risk and decided to put all my eggs in one basket. 

What do I do?

In 2007, I directed my first proprietary performance, inspired by The Little Prince. From that time, I function artistically as Teatr Delikates. I’ve managed to direct few performances written by me, engage in performance art, and support several institutional and alternative projects. I was pleased to be a scholar at “The School for Mime Theatre” in Ohio, USA. I performed on the stage of Grand Theatre of the National Opera, as well as on numerous domestic and foreign stages. I still do.
I carry out performances for both adults and children. My main goal is to reach the public on location. The type of a spectator I find the most intriguing is the one that wasn’t intending to visit theatre but still did.
I’ve conducted theatre classes in Art School in Ełk since 2018. My job is based on the basics of  actor’s awareness on stage but we also gladly practice Impro techniques.

What do I want to achieve?

That’s a very complex question. How can I portray what I want to achieve when I cannot predict the nearest future?
But okay. I’ve once dreamed of having my own workplace. My own piece of wooden ground and a big mirror so I could devote myself to polishing my theatrical skills.
My also dreamt of being a part of a group involved in theatre. To have a common direction in seeking theatrical alternatives and carry out the most bizarre and bold ideas.
Long story short, I could answer this question as follows. To create theatre, live off it and have time to do whatever I want. That’s what I want to achieve.
PS. I have almost done it. The only thing left is to make my dreams come true. 

Anna Sochacka

Anna Sochacka

Poland

Who am I?

I am dance artist, dance pedagogue and physiotherapist.
I completed my master education in 2014 at Finnish Theatre Academy TeaK in Helsinki at the Department of Dance Art. In 2008 I graduated from Bruckner Art University in Linz/Austria with bachelor degree in Movement Research and Pedagogy. As young woman in 2001, I gain master diploma in Physiotherapy from Academy of Physical Education in Katowice, Poland.
During my artistic studies I took part in many exchange projects and art pedagogical conferences in Denmark, Island, Estonia and Sweden.
Last six years I have been working at Children Theatre as performer and animator in Finland, freelance dance artist, teacher by Youth House and Cultural and Education Centre in Lohja, Finland. Currently I am living in Poland.

What do I do?

At the beginning of my artistic journey, twenty years ago, I have been actively engaged in theatre projects by many Silesian theatre groups like Cogitatur, Silesian Dance Theatre, and Atrum, working with teams and independently. Along with artistic work I have been teaching contemporary dance, improvisation, physical theatre and somatics to different age groups in different cultural and societal settings. Since the beginning of my art carrier I’ve been performing, choreographing and directing theatre projects. At the beginning of my journey I noticed improvisation and openness to unknown both in pedagogical and stage work was my personal strength. Hardly ever I taught according to set plan. Every class needed to be an act of Art with an element of surprise to experience and challenge the here and now. This led me to set my main teaching goals to provide education to my students which carries freedom to create, release and development of individual potential, encouragement, support and dialogue. My recent artistic works take more experimental direction with its interdisciplinary character. This journey is combining performance, pedagogy and art therapy together, so the improvisation as well as movement research is a strong component of my own investigations.

What do I want to achieve?


Today we are standing in front of new challenges, written by new orders. Times as such require ability to listen, react accordingly, being integrated, brave and full of empathy in order to make the world a better place. I do hope that through my work I can impact positively my local environment and contribute to a positive change.

 

 

Grzegorz Sierzputowski

Grzegorz Sierzputowski

Poland

Who am I?

I am a professional actor, director and a theater pedagogist but also an Impro actor and trainer. I owe all of these titles to the participation in the Young Theater project, in which I have taken part for the last 2 years. Moreover, I am a teacher. I teach classes for the students of the 10th High School in Warsaw. I also work with and conduct classes for university students as the chief and the founder of the Warsaw University of Technology Theater. At work, I use both Impro and traditional acting techniques to direct numerous theater performances. I am also the Chief Executive Officer of the Trans-Atlantic Theater Foundation, in which, along with professional actors, we seek new forms of expression in theater.

The combination of movement and improvisation can bring interesting results in working with theater professionals as well as students and teachers in the project. I am already looking forward to this work!

What do I do?


On a daily basis, I work with my students and train impro in the Impro Booom group with Katarzyna Michalska, the founder of the first Polish professional Impro group, and Tomasz Majer, the actor from one of the best Polish cabarets. Moreover, I travel with the Trans - Atlantic Theater and do my best to promote the play Album of Karl Hoecker all over the world. The play has been created with Impro techniques. What is more, I play in movies and TV series and I try to use the philosophy of impro in my everyday work.

In everyday work, I don't think I think enough about movement on stage, and thanks to this project I will be able to learn how to introduce it to the daily life of an actor and director.

What do I want to achieve?

I would like to learn techniques that will enable me to enhance my body movements  in Impro so I can use them later in the process of creating theater performances. As an actor, I would like to adapt my body to Impro techniques, polish them and, eventually, master so that, in the future, I can transfer my knowledge to not only teachers from Elk, but my students as well.

I would like to introduce impro move to my individual work as well as among my students.

PROJECT PARTNERS

Young theatre on the move
EU