Actors

Actors

Urszula Kiebzak

Urszula Kiebzak

A graduate of the Acting Department of the Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Kraków (1979)
1 July 1979 – The Stary Theatre, Kraków

Highly temperamental, courageous enough to handle the most difficult challenges, disarming in how she chooses to express herself, vocally superlative, she combines originality of interpretation with brilliant technique, formal discipline, and psychological depth. She has worked with Zygmunt Hübner, Andrzej Wajda, Jerzy Jarocki, Jerzy Grzegorzewski, and ultimately, Krystian Lupa. It was in the last-named director’s work that she created characters who etched themselves deeply into audiences’ memories, such as: Zofia and Siwersen in “Malte”, Matilda and Erna in “The Sleepwalkers”, Ninochka in “The Brothers Karamazov”, Praskovya Fyodorovna and the Counter Help in “The Master and Margarita”, Shadow and the Madwoman with the Drawer in “Zarathustra”, and the intriguing, histrionic Ultra in “Factory 2” – a collective fantasy inspired by the work of Andy Warhol, and a play which collapsed the framework of the theater. In Teatr monthly the critics who summed up the theater season called her Ultra one of the fundamental characters in the play: “working, interacting, evoking emotional tension on many levels.” The actress has also shown her strengths in comic roles – her impertinently rude maid Dorine in “Tartuffe” directed by Mikołaj Grabowski is a real gem. She has shown psychological acting abilities in a very contemporary context in Miśkiewicz’s stagings: Ella, the philosopher in “Innocence”, a character who went far beyond the customary stage realism – The Man in the Picture’s Wife in “Before/After”, and Masha, a bored woman mired in routine, in “The Seagull”. Of the woman isolated in the psychiatric ward that she created for “The Gorgonowa Affair” by the Janiczak/Rubin duo, the press wrote: ‘Janiczak gives Elżbieta the Incarcerated Mother room to exist – and not only through the hole bored in the wall (Urszula Kiebzak is magnetic in the role).

Awards

1982 – 22nd Kalisz Theater Gatherings – award for the role of Colombina in “The Liar” by C. Goldoni, dir. G. Pampiglione

In the Theatre

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