Andreea Iftimescu, mezzo-soprano, graduated in 2010 with a master degree in musical performance at The National University of Music Bucharest. Currently she is working as a soloist at the Comic Opera for Children in Bucharest, Romania. Already during her MA studies, she has been collaborating with the "Ludovic Spiess" Opera and Ballet Experimental Studio, a department of the Bucharest National Opera (ONB), where she is still activating.
Andreea Iftimescu performed on Romanian stages, but also on international ones with famous orchestras like Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra Berlin conducted by Marek Janovski or Romanian Radio National Orchestra, conducted by Tiberiu Soare. She also performed as a soloist in the Regal Show at the Romanian Athenaeum.
Urša Strehar Benčina works in Pionirski dom as a theatre mentor. She is an experienced impro pedagogue, who has been working with children and young people for more than a decade.
She is a Slovene national coordinator for MIŠ – Little impro school project, which promotes theatre improvisation among children in primary schools. As an anthropologist, who let her heart guide her into exploring the creative field of theatre and theatre improvisation, she especially focuses on creating a safe and relaxed environment for her students and encourages communication in all forms and shapes.
Tomaž Lapajne Dekleva is an author and theatre performer. He has performed in productions of improvisational theatre, street theatre, theatre for children, clowning, cabaret, contemporary dance, radio and TV/film.
He has authored numerous published texts and plays for theatre productions in Slovenia and abroad. He is a member of the Slovene Writers Association, and has received several awards for his work.
Mojca Dimec is an actress, improviser and a teacher at the Secondary School for Preschool Education, and at Gimnazija Ljubljana, in the department of contemporary dance, theatre and film. She teaches history, drama theory and theatre and runs improvisation workshops.
She is the co-author of school curricula, the president of the matura committee and she runs the team of teachers. Every year, Mojca mentors and directs the school's performances, cooperates with artists of all kinds of performing arts: from contemporary dance to film. In 1993, she co-founded the Impro League together with the Ana Monro Theatre, followed by ŠILA - School Impro League in 1997. Since 1996, she has been teaching Slovene at Gimnazija Ljubljana and started to combine teaching with theatre.
The dramaturge Staša Bračič finished her primary school and the Music and Ballet School (piano and ballet) in Maribor and her secondary school of drama and theatre in Nova Gorica.
She studied dramaturgy at the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television. She has been cooperating in the Slovene improvisational theatre for 15 years: the first ten years as an improviser and the last five years as a judge and facilitator. In the first year of her studies, she also began working with Pionirski dom as a jury member at the Otroški festival gledaliških sanj (Children's Festival of Theatre Dreams). She has been a member here for 11 years, and co-hosts workshops for mentors of the children's theatre groups.
Grzegorz Sierzputowski is the founder and the director of the Warsaw University of Technology Theatre programme, the co-founder of the Teatr BOTO Sopot Foundation, and the President and founding member of Teatr Trans-Atlantyk.
He is an actor, director, and a graduate of the Białystok Art Training Institutions Team, and the The Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw. He appears regularly with Teatr na Woli, Teatr Dramatyczny, Laboratorium Dramatu, Teatr Capitol Warszawa, Teatr za Daleki and Teatr GO. He is the winner of the Ministerial Award for outstanding achievements in the field of child and youth art education and the Laureate of the Marshal of the Pomoranian Voivodeship scholarship.
Water technician and locksmith-welder by trade. Enchanted by theatre arts in 1999, he gave up his profession and devoted himself to art. Keeping in mind that it is a trip to the unknown, he risked it all and went out on a limb.
He is interested in various forms of theatrical expression, from pantomime to the living word. By limiting myself to only one form of artistic expression he would reduce his possibility to get to the viewers with what is important to them. Theatre is entertainment and was made for it, but its obligation also is to speak about important things. Theatre is to divert the viewer’s attention through laughter, contemplation, it can even provoke to revalue things, experience catharsis.
His artistic output is 58 theatre, music and outdoor performances, and he also collaborated with Teatr Młodych, Teatr Krzyk Ciszy, Teatr Nowy and Teatr Metamorfozy. Since 2003 he has been involved with Teatr 30 Minut. Since establishing Ełcki Teatr Tańca, Piotr Witaszczyk has been the head of it. He has initiated and organised many artistic projects, festivals and workshops in Poland and abroad.
Theatre instructor, culture animator, drama pedagogue, teacher and sociotherapist, Mirosława Krymska graduated in culture and education at the University of Warsaw and in development drama at the University of Gdańsk.
She is a theatre creator, director of many award-winning performances, founder of the alternative Teatr Form Czarno-Białych “PLAMA”, “Nie Po Godzinach” and children’s theatre companies. She is a coordinator, animator and co-creator of many cultural, educational and artistic projects, such as theatre festivals and youth exchanges.
Paul Leonard Murray is an actor/director and pedagogue who works at The Children's Cultural Centre, Belgrade as director of the Belgrade English Language Theatre BELT.
In 2007 he established the Belgrade English Language Theatre (BELT), and since then has been director of the centre, which is a youth theatre for local young people aged 7 to 18 years and has over 75 members. He is an experienced impro performer (since 1985) and teacher and has led workshops and training in his native United Kingdom, Australasia, North America and throughout Europe. He is is an ardent believer in the power of play as a device for personal and social development and attempts to keep practising the artform on a regular basis in order for his brain not to drift towards old age and stagnation.
Tijana Kesić Stamenkovic is a graduate actress with 13 years of experience in lecturing at, and managing her acting school. She has worked in creating programmes, training lecturers and teaching in other acting schools.
Tijana developed characters in the project “We live together” with people with special needs and elementary school children. She worked as a drama professor at English speaking Chartwell International School in Belgrade, creating four musicals in cooperation with Milena Petrovic, Phd. Tijana is professional associate and coordinator for NTC drama workshops as well as author of the International Festival of Children's Drama Plays “Glumijada”.
Marija Blagojević is a trained actress and is a teacher in several acting schools. She has been engaged in pedagogical work for six years, working with children of primary and secondary school age.
After obtaining her degree, she acted in children’s theatre, wrote and directed children’s plays, and continues to work with children and children’s theatre. In 2012 she attended the “Chakras” workshop (emotions through movement and music) in Sarajevo, developing skills she would later apply in working with students at the acting school. She also attended the NTC Learning System seminar and still attends NTC teacher training drama workshops at the NTC Centre in Belgrade. She was engaged as a lecturer and performer at the International Children’s Drama Festival “Glumijada” in 2016 and 2017.
Julija Nogić works in Belgrade English Language School as a drama teacher. She has been working with children and young people for 3 years.
She has written and produced many plays alongside the children; helping them to work in a group, helping each other, and teaching them how to improvise and step out from their comfortable zone to explore their ideas and potentials. For Julija, it`s very important to create a relaxed environment with her children, and to show them how they can communicate with others in their second language.
Irina Furdui works at the Comic Opera for Children in Bucharest as a producer and opera director. She is also an assistant director at The National Opera House.
She has a lot of experience in working on stage both with adults and children. She coordinated medieval arts workshops for kids: medieval music, dances, juggling and sword fighting. She was also an artistic consultant at a youth theatre foundation – Amphitheatre, in her hometown, Constanta. The job consisted of teaching creative drama to college students, working on improvisation and playing theatre games with young students. She attended some national and international festivals: Arad, Romania; Catania, Sicily.
Theodora Marin activates as a ballet dancer and ballet teacher in her hometown Bucharest, at The Comic Opera for Children. She has been here for 10 years, performing in shows, traveling the world on tours and teaching ballet to the young learners.
As a professional dancer she dreams to continue to pass all her theatre and stage experience to children and youth, creating a calm and relaxed environment for her students to evolve and pursue their ambitions and dreams.
I have been active as a ballet soloist at The Comic Opera for Children since 2010. I have participated in almost every ballet spectacle since I began working at The Comic Opera for Children, knowing every secret of a satisfactory progress of a performance.
I am also the informal leader of the ballet ensemble of the Comic Opera for Children. Since 2016 I have assumed choreographic responsibilities at the Comic Opera for Children, making the choreography for the opera performance ‘The Abduction from the Seraglio’ by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Choreographic responsibilities are a new path in my career I want to develop more. Participating in the Young Theatre Project will be a chance for further developing my professional skills and also a chance for further personal development.