Theatre and Democracy. Institutional practicies in Polish theatre — discussion with the editorial board of Polish Theatre Journal

Polish Theatre Journal (PTJ) is an online English-language academic magazine examining contemporary Polish theatre and performance, published twice yearly by the Theatre Institute in Warsaw and The Department of Theatre Studies of Theatre Academy in Warsaw.

PTJ aims to:
– boost international dialogue on contemporary Polish theatre by encouraging exchange of ideas and experiences between Polish and international researchers, taking into account various points of view and intellectual and
cultural traditions and practices
– research Polish theatre and performance art in their vital role – in both local and global contexts – as a medium of public affairs, mechanisms of the emergence and development of collective identity and consciousness, and unveiling the affects and dynamics of community life
– identify the place of Polish theatre and performance in the world of contemporary global civilisation, as well as the role they play in the debate on major problems of our times.

Focusing on Polish theatre is not confined to its unique local aspects. What is viewed as local and peculiar to Poland often shares a lasting relation with global issues. We therefore propose problembased approaches placing Polish artists and the phenomena characteristic of Polish theatre in a broader context.

The Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute in Warsaw documents, promotes and stimulates theatre life in Poland. The Institute ignites public debate on contemporary Polish theatre, broadens the perspectives of the accompanying academic reflection, and promotes research and educational activity. It runs, the largest vortal devoted entirely to Polish theatre, and produces the Encyclopedia of Polish Theatre (www., which combines aspects of a traditionally laid-out academic publication with a source thematic platform. The Institute also operates the PROSPERO theatre bookshop ( Since 1 January 2014 the Institute’s director has been Dorota Buchwald, who replaced Maciej Nowak, at the helm since its inception in 2003.
The Theatre Institute is home to Poland’s largest archives of contemporary theatre documentation. Any curious visitors can access a vast collection of press articles, reviews, photos, theatre programmes, playbills, posters, and documents relating to the operation of individual theatres. You can also find folders with press cuttings on the work of individual artists, editions of theatre and film festivals, drama schools, and industry magazines in the library. Many digitalised documents can be accessed in the virtual section of the archive at

The Department of Theatre Studies is part of Theatre Academy in Warsaw. It was founded in 1975 for students with secondary school certificate and prepares for the profession of historian, theatre critic and literary manager of the theatre. The BA studies last three years and the MA studies last two years. Currently studies take into consideration the fact that more and more graduates are becoming managers, PR and media specialists, theatre producers and culture animators. Students have now an opportunity to attend law, public realtions and marketing classes. Among professors and lecturers of the department were and are the most renowned Polish theatre scholars and practitioners: Zbigniew Raszewski, Jerzy Koenig, Marta Fik, Tomasz Kubikowski, Michał Zadara. Tomasz Plata has been Dean of the Department of Theatre Studies since 2016.

Editorial board:
Agata Adamiecka-Sitek
Dariusz Kosiński
Maria Klaman
Tomasz Plata
Zofia Smolarska
Marta Keil – guest editor of Polish Theatre journal 3/2016: Theatre and Democracy. Institutional Practices in Polish Theatre
Igor Stokfiszewski – guest editor of Polish Theatre Journal 2/2016: Theatre and Community

Academic boar d:
Prof. Halina Filipowicz
Prof. Richard Gough
Prof. Paul Allain
Prof. Elżbieta Matynia
Prof. Ian Watson