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Meet the Artists – 2016 edition

Dan Wolf – Project Artistic Director, Creative Writing Workshops

Dan Wolf is an actor, rapper, playwright, director, producer and educator. His work crosses artistic and cultural borders to combine conventional theater styles with the themes, language, music, history and aesthetics of the Hip-Hop generation. Dan is a founding member of the critically acclaimed Hip Hop music and theater collective Felonious and Artistic Director of Sound in the Silence. His play “Angry Black White Boy”, based on the novel by Adam Mansbach, premiered at Intersection for the Arts in October 2008, ran for 12 sold-out weeks and was named Top Ten Best Theater Plays by the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner. His play “Beatbox: A Raparetta” (co-authored with Tommy Shepherd) has been produced in San Francisco, Oakland, Petaluma, Germany, and at the New York Hip Hop Theater Festival. “Beatbox” is published by TCG in the Hip Hop Theater anthology “Plays from the Boom Box Galaxy”. His play “Stateless: A Hip Hop Vaudeville”, a hip-hop and beatbox infused theatrical collaboration with Tommy Shepherd, balancing German and Jewish history with the problems of racism and the African American experience, has been produced in San Francisco, Hamburg and New York. Dan co-created and performed in “Block By Block,” a multi-disciplinary performance that brought a San Francisco block party into the de Young Museum. Dan’s play “Anansi the Spider”, created in collaboration with Tommy Shepherd, toured to Bay Area schools for Marin Theater Company in 2012. Dan is part of a team of artists that adapted “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop”, Jeff Chang’s seminal book on Hip Hop culture, for the stage at Z Space in San Francisco in January 2016. Dan is developing “Curren$y”, a hip hop adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice”.

Zsofia Geresdi – Scenography Workshops

Zsofia Geresdi is a DLA student at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts in Budapest. She conducts her research in theatrical space of modern rites within the Visuality of Contemporary Performing Arts programme, under the guidance of professor Judit Csanádi. She obtained a BA degree as a set designer at the Faculty of Arts of the Kaposvár University in 2011. In 2013 she was accepted to the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, where she acquired an MA in Scenography Art with specialization in theatre costumes and puppets. She participated in several exhibitions and conferences on theatre design and spaces in Hungary. In 2015 she took part in a costume exhibition at the Critical Costume 2015 conference (Helsinki, Aalto University) and in the Radical Space In Between Disciplines international interdisciplinary conference (University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad). As a set, costume, and puppet designer she has collaborated on many performances and plays, including several projects of student directors of the University of Theatre and Film Arts (Budapest).

Katarina Rampackova – Dancing Workshops

Katarina Rampackova is a choreographer, performer, teacher and dance activist born in Kosice, Slovakia. After studying physical theater at Scuola Teatro Dimitri in Switzerland, she graduated Master of Arts in choreography at Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Currently she lives in Barcelona, where she works together with her colleague Laura Alcala Freudenthal on a dance project for and with children as a facilitator and choreographer, as well as educator. In Kosice she runs a project called ‘Priestor Súčasného Tanca’ (A space of Contemporary Dance), which helps create the community of contemporary dance in Kosice and integrate it in a public life. Katarina also works on different performative projects with Slovak and foreign artists from other fields.

Agata Mironkin – Music/Vocal Workshops

Agata Mironkin is a musician (flutist) and music teacher from Poland. She graduated from Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (branch in Bialystok). Also studied music therapy in Karol Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw. Agata has experience in music journalism. Since 2009 she has also worked as music and/or flute teacher in following schools: the United Families Catholic School, Meridian International School, Gimnazium 56 Aleksy “Alek” Dawidowski Middle School, Witold Lutoslawski Elementary School in Warsaw. Agata also worked as a volunteer in the Centre for Social Welfare – she arranged music therapy classes for handicapped participants.

Jakub Roszkowski – Theatre Workshops

Jakub Roszkowski is a dramaturge, playwright, director and author of adaptations, translations and reworkings of stage plays. Graduate of State Drama School in Cracow – The Theatre Directing Department. Has worked at more than thirty theatre plays. Between 2007-2014 served as dramaturge in Teatr Wybrzeże in Gdańsk. Since September 2016 he has started to work as a literary director in Teatr im. Słowackiego in Cracow. Besides Teatr Wybrzeże and Teatr im. Słowackiego in Cracow, worked for theatres such as Teatr Narodowy in Warsaw, Narodowy Stary Teatr in Cracow, Teatr im. Jaracza w Łódź, Teatr Studio in Warsaw and Teatr Muzyczny in Gdynia. He has directed five plays: Stalker based on the novel Roadside Picnic by Arkadij and Borys Strugacki, The Great Improvisation by Giza, Roszkowski and Tremiszewski (both in Teatr Wybrzeże), his own text – The Better World in Lubuski Teatr in Zielona Góra, The Wedding by Stanisław Wyspiańki in Teatr im. Andresena in Lublin and Knights of the Teutonic Order by Henryk Sienkiewicz in Teatr Miniatura in Gdańsk. Adding to the above mentioned, three other dramas of his writing were played: The Open Sea, The Green Man and The diamond in an Ashtray. He has lead numerous workshops for children and youth, including international ones for Polish-Czech and Polish-German groups and Sound in the Silence 2015.