Krystian Lupa is a world renowned Polish theatre director and set designer. His rise as an artist is strongly tied to Old Town Theatre in Krakow. His numerous productions based on texts of Polish classical writers Ignacy Witkiewicz, Witold Gombrowicz, on novels of Fyodor Dostoyevsky and on best representations of Austrian literature – texts by Robert Musil and Rainer Maria Rilke - won him an international acclaim. Yet Lupa is rightfully regarded as a leading expositor of works of Thomas Bernhard.
Alexandrinsky Theatre was the first theatre in Russia to host Lupa’s staging: his ‘Seagull’, based on a play by Anton Chekhov, premiered II International Alexandrinsky Theatre Festival in 2007.
Krystian Lupa was awarded with numerous prestigious theatrical prizes and awards which include Gold Gloria Artis Medal (Poland) for his merits to culture, Order of Polonia Restituta (Poland), Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France) and Austrian Decoration for Science and Art.