A graduate of the Acting Department of the Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Kraków (1990)
1 October 1982 – 31 September 1985 – The Music Theatre, Gdynia
1 November 1991 – The Stary Theatre, Kraków
Gifted with talent, an original look, and a remarkable voice, and open to theatrical experiments, she has created intriguing, full-blooded figures in Michał Borczuch’s “Werther” (based on Goethe) and “Brand. The City. The Chosen Ones” (based on Ibsen), where she was partly responsible for the success of Paweł Miśkiewicz’s staging, which was much lauded by critics and audiences alike. She took the role of the unhappy Róża, starving for her husband’s love, in the world premiere of Dea Loher’s “Innocence”, for which the director received the Konrad Swinarski Award. She played the Strange Woman, one of a shimmering kaleidoscope of characters in Roland Schimmelpfennig’s “Before/After”, a philosophical comedy treatise on the strangeness of existence.
The actress’s expressiveness and stage charisma have also been noted by theatre directors of the younger generation. Budner captures the attention as the sensual Rebeka in the multimedia universe of “Acropolis” (based on Stanisław Wyspiański) directed by Łukasz Twarkowski. In his rendition of “Hamlet”, Krzysztof Garbaczewski saw her as Queen Gertrude, depicted as a contemporary, lost mother, helpless against her son’s madness.
She made impressive appearances in many stagings by Krystian Lupa, such as: “The Sleepwalkers I” (Ilona) and “The Sleepwalkers II” (Hanna Wendling), “The Master and Margarita” (Hella), and “Zarathustra” (Rita). In the legendary, eight-hour “Factory 2” by the same director, a fantasia for stage inspired by the life and work of Andy Warhol, she seduced audiences with the brilliant creation of a transvestite named Holly Woodlawn – a Factory regular fascinated by Holly Golightly.
This actress is highly appreciated by director Paweł Miśkiewicz, who cast her in his compelling rendition of Elfriede Jelinek’s “Supplicants” (premiere: April 2016).