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Rena Mirecka.
Photo Paola Torricelli

RENA MIRECKA was one of the key figures in Jerzy Grotowski's theatrical and paratheatrical experiments and the primary actress of Jerzy Grotowski’s Laboratory Theatre from 1959 to its dissolution in 1984. She was instrumental in the conception and development of the “plastic exercises” and created all of the leading female roles, including those in Akropolis, The Constant Prince and Apocalypsis cum Figuris. In the early 1990’s she settled in Sardinia, where together with a group of friends she founded the Prema Sayi International Work Centre and has since pursued her own personal research in physical and spiritual theatrical expression. Rena Mirecka now conducts meetings and workshops for participants from all over the world based on her experiences in The Laboratory Theatre.

Ang Gey Pin, Photo M. Zakrzewski
ANG GEY-PIN After participating in Grotowski’s final Objective Drama session at the University of California-Irvine, Ang co-founded Theatre OX in Singapore, where she conducted research into Chinese performative elements and performances in unconventional spaces. She was a member of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards in Italy for nearly a decade, touring across Europe and Asia with the company’s Project The Bridge: developing theatre arts. She performed lead roles in the Workcenter’s One breath left (UBU Special Award, Italy) and Dies Irae: My Preposterous Theatrum Interioris Show. An independent artist since 2006, Ang has continued to perform and teach internationally at such renowned institutions as Yale University (US), the University of Kent at Canterbury (UK), Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Singapore), and the Grotowski Institute (Poland), and her work has been featured in a number of scholarly articles and books, including Paul Allain’s “After Grotowski: The New Generation” (New Theatre Quarterly 18.1, 2002) and Cláudia Tatinge Nascimento’s Crossing Cultural Borders Through the Actor’s Work: Foreign Bodies of Knowledge (Routledge, 2008). Ang holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction from the University of Hawaii-Manoa and is a recipient of theatre awards granted by the Singapore National Arts Council.

STEFANIA GARDECKA served as administrative assistant for Jerzy Grotowski's Laboratory Theatre in Wroclaw, Poland from 1966 to 1984. In 1990, together with Prof. Zbigniew Osinski and Alina Obidniak, she helped found The Grotowski Centre (now The Grotowski Institute) in Wroclaw, for which she continues to work, managing workshops for Rena Mirecka and Zygmunt Molik in Poland and abroad. She has been General Secretary of several international theatre festivals in Poland and is a member of the international alternative theatres organization EON, based in Vienna.

VIRGINIE MAGNAT is a French performer and researcher with a Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of California. Her project Meetings with Remarkable Women is part of the 2009 international Year of Grotowski (UNESCO) and is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Magnat received the International Federation for Theatre Research New Scholar’s Prize, and her writings have been featured in American, Canadian, French, Italian, Polish, and Cuban theatre publications. Her research interests include performance studies, experimental and intercultural theatre, world performance traditions, and cultural anthropology. She teaches performance practice and theory at the University of British Columbia.