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Zdunik, Michał

Born in 1990, author, director. Graduated in Polish philology (Master's degree) from the University of Warsaw. His thesis dealt with the author's concept of Polish post-sacral drama. He is currently a doctoral student at the Institute of Polish Literature of the Faculty of Polish Studies at the University of Warsaw, he is also studying directing at the A. Zelwerowicz Theatre Academy.

He received a scholarship from the Minister of National Education (2007) and the National Fund for Children (2008/09), and in the academic year 2012/13 he received a scholarship from the Minister of Science and Higher Education.

In 2010, in the 7-8th issue of "Dialog", his debut play Dolls was published. Its premiere took place at the St. I. Witkiewicz Theatre in Zakopane. In May 2011, during the Universcènes festival at Toulouse II University - Le Mirail, the drama premiered in French translation (directed by Kasia Kurzeja); it was also published by the Presses Universitaires du Mirail publishing house in a bilingual book edition (translation: Kinga Joucaviel). Dolls were also presented in Paris during a reading organized by the Polish Institute and Théâtre Laboratoire Elizabeth Czerczuk.

In September 2011, as part of the XII Days of Drama "Jeszcze ich Po-znacie" at the J. Szaniawski Drama Theatre in Wałbrzych, the premiere of his play Origami took place (inspired by Ozimina by Wacław Berent, dir. Tomasz Węgorzewski).

He made his debut as a director with the play Mother is Leaving (Matka odchodzi) based on Tadeusz Różewicz's text as part of the 5th Festival of Wandering Theatres at the European Centre for Theatre Practices "Gardzienice" (Europejski Ośrodek Praktyk Teatralnych "Gardzienice", 15.10.2015).

Zdunik writes essays as well - he writes about music, literature, theatre and film - and has published in "Dwutygodnik", "Ruch Muzyczny" and "Teatr", among others.

  • In 2018, he was awarded the Talanton Prize for the best dramatic debut on the radio Jedynka.
  • His play The Detailed Theory of Life and Dying was published in the monthly magazine "Dialog" No. 5/2018, then published in April 2019 by ADiT in the anthology Poland is a Myth. New Dramas.