A graduate of the Acting Department of the Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Kraków (Wrocław branch) (2008).
3 July 2007 – 15 November 2012 – The Polish Theatre, Bydgoszcz
1 April 2015 – The Stary Theatre, Kraków
Marta Ścisłowicz is characterised by her refusal to make compromises, courage in undertaking difficult challenges, extraordinary flexibility and true theatrical instinct. She daringly transformed herself into Karolina Towiańska in the play “The Tovianists, Kings of the Clouds” by the Janiczak/Rubin duo. The actress discussed this role with Iwona Szostak: ‘My nudity is a kind of performance. I pull an entire costume out of myself, I put it over my head and my eyes. I don’t see anything. Only my body and I remain. I go into the audience, I walk between the rows of seats. An audience member might react in many different ways. I wait to see how it’ll play out…’. Critics also highly appraised her character in the play “The Gorgonowa Affair” (also by the above-mentioned duo), inspired by the largest criminal court case in Poland’s inter-war years: ‘Marta Ścisłowicz in the role of Rita, like Marina Abramović, incessantly sheds her skin here. She cuts away at the surface of her image and reveals the crowd’s illusions – she’s an erotic monster, a browbeaten victim, a good housewife and career-woman trampling over people to achieve her aim. “Perform or else” – this famous statement by Jon McKenzie becomes her main motto. In the maze of contradictory performances, the reality of this character becomes lost’ (Paweł Soszyński, Dwutygodnik.com). The impressive beginning of the fruitful collaboration between Marta Ścisłowicz and the Janiczak/Rubin duo was the highly-acclaimed play “Tsarina Catherine” at the Żeromski Theatre in Kielce (2013). For the boldly portrayed title role of this play – a charismatic, unscrupulous woman who, with full awareness of what she’s doing, uses her body to seize and maintain power – Ścisłowicz received awards at the Divine Comedy International Theatre Festival in Kraków, the International Festival of Pleasant and Unpleasant Plays in Łódź and the Kalisz Theatre Meetings.
An actress who has been admired for her leading roles in scripts written specially for her; she has also carried off success in ensemble pieces for the Stary Theater, co-creating “The Supplicants,” based on Jelinek and directed by Paweł Miśkiewicz, and “Decalog” directed by Tian Gebing, which Maciej Stroiński wittily summed up in e-teatr as follows: “What this strong-armed director has done with Marta Ścisłowicz one might call ‘taming of the shrew’ – bravo for her, and for him as well.”
In the Theatre
- The Gorgonowa Affair - RITA GORGONOWA