A graduate of the Acting Department of the Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Kraków (1979)
1 July 1979 – The Stary Theater, Kraków
Dorota Pomykała is an actress who is constantly metamorphosing, fragile and powerful at once; she joins the most subtle tones and minute nuances with a sharp dynamic, skillfully introducing a lyrical sense of tragedy into the theatrical space. She has worked with the masters: Andrzej Wajda, Jerzy Jarocki, Jerzy Grzegorzewski, Krystian Lupa. She is very much at home in the world of theatrical experimentation, in plays by artists seeking new solutions.
We read of her rendition of Rosaura in Calderon’s “Life Is a Dream” (directed by Jarocki): ‘Without making a single misstep, Dorota Pomykała gracefully shows the contrasts and transformations of Rosaura. (…) she joins poetry with characterization, she is pure yet fragile, and yet has an inner tension and a sharpness in the character’ (Bożena Winnicka, Życie Literackie). As Margret in “Woyzeck” directed by Mariusz Grzegorzek she was formally ascetic, inward-looking, summoning the power of emotional truth; the audience was stunned after the monologue where she tells the story of the ‘child with no mother or father who, seeing the moon, longed to go to heaven – but the moon was just a piece of rotten wood.’
Dorota Pomykała gained recognition from both critics and audiences for the role of The Virgin/Melancholy in a project by the Strzępka/Demirski duo – “The Undivine Comedy: I’M GONNA TELL GOD EVERYTHING!”, a brilliant play, for which she joined the ensemble in receiving the Wyspiański Award. For the role of the Polish Mama in “The Battle of Warsaw 1920” by Demirski/Strzępka she was given the Special Acting Award at the 54th Kalisz Theater Meetings and the Group Acting Award in the Competition for Staging Polish Contemporary Art.
2015 – 2nd New Theater Festival – 54th Rzeszów Theater Gatherings – acting distinction for her role in “The Undivine Comedy: I’M GONNA TELL GOD EVERYTHING!” by P. Demirski, dir. M. Strzępka
2015 – S. Wyspiański Award
2014 – 54th Kalisz Theater Gatherings – Special Award for her role as the Polish Mother in “Battle of Warsaw 1920” by P. Demirski, dir. M. Strzępka
1999 – 5th Knowledge of Poland and the Contemporary World Olympics, Warsaw – mentions for the role of Elżbieta in the play “Decalog II and VIII” by K. Kieślowski and K. Piesiewicz, dir. A. Lipiec-Wróblewska
1989 – Bronze Cross of Merit