“Betting on Łukasz Szczepanowski’s career is money in the bank. He is charming, and I do not mean he has beautiful eyes, I mean everything, his easy-going stage presence, his dramatic gaze, his playful acting, his authenticity, his performance in “The Lower Depths.” He is going to be a god – mark my words,” Ha!art has written, and this is only a fragment of the praise he has received. The actor has been admired for “his ability to give a lyrical ring to every utterance” (Patryk Nalepka) and his outstanding technique, allowing him to build a profound, energetic, and emotional role (Tomasz Domagała). He received these reviews after Mikołaj Grabowski’s “Polish Memories” (AST/PWST), based on the autobiographical opinion pieces of Witold Gombrowicz, and the award-winning “Lower Depths,” directed by Ewa Kaim, which was screened on Theatre Television.
At Krakow’s Theatre Academy (PWST), he appeared in the graduation productions “To L…,” directed by Aleksandra Konieczna, and “Long Live War” by Paweł Demirski (directed by Remigiusz Brzyk), where he played the percussion, which has remained his favorite instrument since his days at music school. He also used his musical talents in “The Vanilla Nights of a Mouse” at Barakah Theatre (Episode 5: Local Moron), the play that opened the 40th Krakow Theatre Reminiscences, where he co-created the live music. The artist impressed audiences not only with his percussion talents, but also with his wide vocal range and his skill at “white voice,” used in traditional folk singing.
His talent was noticed by Marcin Hycnar, who hired Łukasz Szczepanowski – while still a student – for “Romeo and Juliet,” which opened the 2015/2016 season at the Słowacki Theatre in Krakow. The director had this to say about the work of the young actors: “I believe their energy, youth, and charm contributed a lot to the play” (PAP). The actor appeared again at the same theatre in “The Wizard of Oz” (directed by Jarosław Kiljan), of which Ewa Nowicka wrote (in teatralny.pl): “I watched the ‘Wizard of Oz’ full of delight, and during the intermission, I told my friend that I felt I was seeing a magical and marvelous bedtime story.” In another “magical bedtime story,” Justyna Łagowska’s “Alice: Don’t Go There No Matter What” (A. Fredro Theatre, Gniezno), Łukasz Szczepanowski stood in for Paweł Dobek in the role of the Cat.
At the STU Theatre he received a part in “Maidens’ Weddings,” directed by Krzysztof Pluskota, where he delighted audiences with his authenticity and stage sensibility as Albin (Agnieszka Gałczyńska), and in Łukasz Fijał’s “Wasowski’s Utensils: The House of the Imagination.” (db)
2017 – Winner (ensemble award) of the Grand Prix in the Theatre Schools Festival in Łódź for “The Lower Depths,” a PWST graduation performance directed by Ewa Kaim
2017 – All in UJ Association Award for best actor of the younger generation
2016 – Ludwik Award 2016 for Best Supporting Male Role