Jan Klata

Jan Klata is†a†theatre director and playwright, born in†1973. He†is†one of†the most famous Polish theatre artists in†recent years. He†has produced over 30 shows in†theatres in†Wrocław, Gdańsk, Bydgoszcz, Kraków, Warsaw as†well as†Graz, Düsseldorf, Bochum and Berlin. He†is†the prize winner of†the Passport of†Polityka and the Konrad Swinarski Award.

Klata studied directing at†the Warsaw Theatre Academy, then moved to†the State Theatre School in†Krakow. He†assisted Jerzy Grzegorzewski with La Boheme after Stanisław†Wyspiański in†the Warsaw Teatr Studio (1995), Jerzy Jarocki with Grzebanie (Burial) after Stanisław†Ignacy Witkiewicz in†Stary Teatr in†Kraków†(1996) and Krystian Lupa with Płatonow Wiśniowy i†Oliwkowy (Cherry and Olive Platonov) after Anton Chekhov in†the Kraków†State Theatre School (1996).

Klata's first independent, professional staging was Nikolai Gogol's The Inspector General in†the Szaniawski Theatre in†Wałbrzych in†2003. One of†the most interesting debuts of†recent years and one of†the most attention-grabbing performances of†the season, it†moved the plot from a†19th-century Russian province to†the communist Poland of†the 1970s.

On 1st January, 2013, Klata was appointed Director of†the National Stary Theatre in†Kraków.
Jan Klata is†also the winner of†the prestigious Golden Yorick Prize given to†the best Polish staging of†Shakespearean plays.