University description (as per official university website)
Teaching professional actors in Poland is from 1811, but as an appropriate beginning of our school we believe the State Institute of Theatre Arts. Piste created in 1932., And directed the Department of Stage Arts, Alexander Zelwerowicz. Directing Faculty of Arts, the second in the world, formed the Leon Schiller, and the lecturers were eminent scholars (Henry Elzenberg, Stanislaw Ossowski), artists (Stanislawa Wysocka, Stefan Jaracz, Edmund Wiercinski) or men of letters (George Stempowski, Tymon Terlecki, Bohdan Korzeniewski). Since that time, there is a rule that actors and directors are trained not only professionally, handicraft, but also gain knowledge in the field of humanities at large. Piste-graduates at the count William Parry, Danuta Szaflarska, Erwin Axer, Marian Wyrzykowski, John Kreczmar whether John Swiderski.
Piste not interrupted operations during World War II (Pista Underground student-on were: June Whitfield and Sophia Mrozowska), and overt activities recreated in 1945 in Lodz. In 1946 he established his place in the National Theatre School. Rector of the school and the dean of the Directing Department was Leon Schiller, Acting Dean of the Faculty - Alexander Zelwerowicz, and the Department of Drama - Bohdan Korzeniewski. The school also had three courses (opera, theater volunteer instructors, scenographic) and the right of examining students - her job was because, according to Schiller's concept, people's education for the entire theater in Poland. Schiller assembled a great staff, both professional subjects (Erwin Axer, Tadeusz Byrski, Wladyslaw Daszewski, Louise Dresser, Stanislaus Perzanowska, Henry Szletyński, John Swiderski) and theoretical, which professors taught at the University of Lodz (Nina Assorodobraj, Zofia Lissa, Stanislaw Ossowski, Mieczyslaw Wallis, Stephen Zolkiewski). Among the graduates from this period include the Lodz Lech Ordona, Stanislaw Jasiukiewicz, Gustav Lutkiewicza, and directors Lidia locks Louis René.
In 1949 he moved to Warsaw Theatre Academy, the school is not providing appropriate working conditions, and soon merged with Zelwerowicz founded here by the State Higher School of Acting. With the advent of Stalinism, Schiller has been removed from the position of the rector, John was responsible for directing the school Kreczmarowi that the standing team of educators (Erwin Axer, Janina Steven Jesse Bernstein, John Kreczmar, Bogdan Korzeniewski, Janina Mieczyńska, Sophia Malynicz, Marian Wyrzykowski) conducted by the School of difficult fifties ( with a short break he was rector until 1967). In 1955 he moved to the Academy of Dramatic Arts College Nobilium, referring to the tradition, even the eighteenth century, shows organized by Stanislaw Konarski. In the same year the university was given the name of the deceased was Alexander Zelwerowicz.
Taken a number of attempts to expand the school program: A few years acted Department Entertainer (taught to him Hank Bielicka, Kazimierz Rudzki and Whitfield, and its alumni include George Połomski and Wojciech Pokora), was also Choreographic Department, attempted to continue in various forms tradition of the Department of Drama. In 1962 the Academy of Dramatic Arts has acquired the right academic and now graduates were master of art and its lecturers and professors were docentami. Also expanded a program of study, came to address the pantomime (Slawomir Lindner), replaced by a chorus of the song (Aleksander Bardini, Jan Skotnicki, Andrzej Strzelecki later), the movement of objects added step, judo, gymnastics and acrobatic modern dance, among the representatives of the teachers came to the new generation - Sophia Mrozowska, Alexander Silesia, Ignacy Gogolewski, Don Bluth. Directed by adepts were given more creative freedom, which resulted in the emergence of a group of young talented "(Grzegorzewski, Prussia, Cywińska, Hussakowski, Kordziński). Among the graduates of the Faculty of actors of the sixties found themselves Marta Lipinska, Stanislaw Celinska, Jan Englert, Magdalena Zawadzka, Willie Davenport, Andrzej Seweryn.
In 1970 he became its rector, Tadeusz Lomnicki, who decided to adapt the education program to new requirements that have begun to put the movie actor, radio and television. Until then joined the faculty Gustav Holoubek, Andrzej Szczepkowski, Englert, Zygmunt Hubner. Preparation of diplomas began to entrust a prominent directors from outside the university, such as George Jarocki ("Acts") and Adam Hanuszkiewiczowi ("Antigone"). The changes brought about by the rise to Lomnicki in 1975 - the initiative of George Koenig - Knowledge of the Theatre Department, and in 1987 expanded to other extramural profiled. This was the beginning of the study with a broad profile of the humanities, led by outstanding experts (George Koenig, Marta Fik, Zbigniew Raszewski, Anna Kuligowska, James Franciscus, Zbigniew Wilski, Jerzy Axer, Andrew Makowiecki, Stefan Meller, Ludwig Erhardt, Teresa Kostkiewiczowa), which zapoznawały students with the problems of contemporary theater and the humanities (history, philosophy, art history, music history and theory of culture, sociology) and prepare them for both work extensively in theater and how cultural institutions, media, government (among the students find Wanda Zwinogrodzką WOT, Hanna Baltyn, Grazyna Torbicka, Agata Tuszyńską, Piotr Mitzner, Jack Wakara, today's teachers of the Academy - and Wojciech Janusz Majcherków, Mark Piekut, Kubikowskiego Thomas, Mark Zagańczyka, Beata Smith).
In 1975, the initiative created by Krzysztof Rau nonresident faculty in Bialystok trainee actors puppeteers. His is the first dean of a prominent Polish artist Jan Wilkowski puppet theater. Surrounds itself with excellent puppeteers such as John Plewako, Krzysztof Niesiołowski, Edward Wolpe, Tomasz Jaworski. In 1980, the department extends for Bialystok directed puppet theater department. At the head of department is an undeniable authority on the history and theory of puppet theater, a member of many international organizations, scientific and artistic - Henryk Jurkowski, and start cooperation: Wieczorkiewicz Wojciech, Stanislaw Ochmanski, Wojciech Kobrzyński. In 1990 the two departments are merged into a single Department of Puppetry Art. At the same time in the same year started a regular activity Theater School, which today bears the name of John Wilkowski. To date, the department trained 400 graduates. Many Polish puppet theater has been and is run by artists trained in Bialystok
On the wave of change "solidarity" the first democratically elected rector in 1981 was June Whitfield. During his term of office among educators appeared on May Komorowska, Anna Seniuk, Sophia Kucówna, Piotr Cieslak. After martial law was suspended for two years recruiting at the Department of Knowledge Theatre. Adverse artists eighties brought the creation of the Laboratory of History of Theatre Education (Head - prof. Lasocka Barbara) and the first scientific sessions. In 1995 the university established Postgraduate pronunciation, educating future teachers and consultants, speech technology and culture. In 1996, under the Polish Sejm, the law school received the name of "Academy Theatre. Alexander Zelwerowicz. In the nineties, more and more began to feel the lack of scenes where the performances, which were created at the school. Efforts made by the rectors and Andrzej Tadeusz Lomnicki Lapicki to create their own scenes, staged Englert (rector of two six-year term). Formal opening of the Theatre Collegium Nobilium held during the inauguration of the academic year September 30, 1999 year.
Academic year 2001/2002 was a jubilee year for the Academy. On this occasion, organized a series of seminars on the history and traditions of the university, its patron and deserving educators, and crowned the celebration of the First International Festival of Theatre Schools.
The curriculum in all faculties is a constant transformation, giving graduates the skills needed in the changing world of the theater, the new media. Acting at the Faculty introduced the camera work, elements of marketing, the Department of Knowledge Theatre, extramural studies - later in the day too - appeared in Marketing and Management, elements of the law. After his term Dean's Lech Śliwonik introduced to the subject of "Theatre for Life" (theater-oriented method of work in the area of social pathologies, the disabled) and mediation techniques and elements of self-creation.
In the year 2002/2003 was the rector of the Academy of Lech Śliwonik, American actress (in ra 2005 for a second term, also elected as President of the Conference of Rectors of the University of Arts), prorektorami - Alexander Mountain and Jaroslaw Gajewski and long-distance for Puppetry Arts Faculty - Mark Waszkiel ( 2002-2005) and Wojciech Kobrzyński (elected in 2005). This was accounted for in the share of college adaptation of curricula and organization to the standards of the Academy of us after the entry into the European Union, however, carried out so as to preserve its tradition and identity.From the academic year 2008/2009 is the rector of the Academy Andrzej Strzelecki - actor and director, this term focuses on developing the potential of teaching and art education, competitiveness and adapting curricula to the requirements of the market - through the introduction of new specialties and soliciting widening teaching.
Activity on the international scene is primarily the International Festival of Theatre Schools (2002, 2003, 2005.2007, 2009) and the International Festival of Schools Lalkarskich (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010), in each attended by about 15 art schools across Europe and the world (Israel, Japan, China, Mexico, Australia).
The Academy implements multi-bilateral projects (in cooperation with St. Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy, the Polish-Japanese Academy of Theatre) and multilateral (Teatro Figura Europa Cultura 2000). Our teachers and students are present at all major festivals (including project Istropolitana in Bratislava, the Festival Meeting in Brno, Podium in Moscow.) University is a member of the European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA). constantly participates in the exchange program Erasmus, pursues acting courses and internships for foreigners.
Close to 370 students graduate each year from 1970 to 1980, almost 90 full-time lecturers in Warsaw and in 1930 in Bialystok, four departments and five specialties - this is the state's oldest theater school in Poland in the academic year 2006/2007. In the extraordinary success of the Theatre Academy - for category I in the assessment of a single parameter in the group of "art."