A graduate of the Acting Department of the Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Kraków /1987/
1 July 1987 – The Stary Theatre, Kraków
Krzysztof Stawowy is a formally disciplined, technically precise actor who has complete control over the expressiveness of his body. He made his debut on the Stary Theatre’s stage in the role of the Academician in “The Spring of Nations in a Quiet Corner”, written by Adolf Nowaczyński and directed by Tadeusz Bradecki, which won numerous awards. He has proven his talents in a very diverse repertoire, especially at ease within a comedic and grotesque sphere. He has worked with Andrzej Wajda, Jerzy Jarocki and Marek Fiedor. He was astonishingly versatile in a series of roles in “The Manuscript Found in Saragossa”, based on Jan Potocki and directed by Tadeusz Bradecki, excellent as Ignacy Chudzina in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, directed by Zioło, and comical as Colonel Fichcik in “Trans-Atlantic”, based on Witold Gombrowicz and directed by Mikołaj Grabowski. Stawowy caught the public’s attention in a production staged by Jan Klata with music by Robert Piernikowski, inspired by “Oedipus Rex” (the play by Sophocles and the opera by Stravinsky): ‘Krzysztof Stawowy in the role of Tiresias, perhaps a messenger, perhaps a seer, calls out to the audience in French, informing them of the course of the action and explaining the significance of the myth. Stawowy acts in a dell’arte style, he fools around and is carried along by smooth French phrases’ (Łukasz Drewniak). In another production by Jan Klata – Alfred Jarry’s provocative “King Ubu” – the actor inserts the character of Cavalry Master Opas into the pastiche-like, derisive world of the play. The Drum Major in Georg Büchner’s “Woyzeck”, directed by Mariusz Grzegorzek, is an ageing, kitschy seducer with strong grotesque accents when played by Stawowy. This vocally and theatrically talented actor is a co-creator of the Krakow-based Pod Wyrwigroszem Cabaret.