The results of the open call procedure


In April 2021 Teatr Powszechny in Warsaw with foreign partners completed the process of selecting ideas for new plays within the Face to Faith project. During the application process, more than 400 ideas were submitted to all partner institutions, just Teatr Powszechny got over 57 applications from all across Europe. Thank you so much!


This international project assumes producing 7 shows between 2021 and 2022, with different partner institutions being responsible for each of the productions: Teatr Powszechny in Warsaw, Teatro dei Venti in Modena, ANTI - Contemporary Art Festival in Finnish Kuopio, Divadlo pod Palmovkou in Prague, Sommerblut Kulturfestival e.V. in Cologne, Gesher Theater in Tel Aviv and Jam Factory Art Center in Lviv. 


After the premiers, each show will be presented in at least one partner city of the project. The premiers will take place between October 2021 and September 2022. The idea is that the shows will be presented for a longer time and they will function as repertoire plays.





All submission to Teatr Powszechny were debated by a commission consising of the theatrical community and its employees: Alicja Borkowska (a director, animator and a social activist from the Strefa WolnoSłowa foundation), Natalia Grzędzińska (a specialist in education in Teatr Powszechny), Zuzanna Hertzberg (a visual artist, activist, involved in the works of Forum Przyszłości Kultury), Pavlo Luhovyi (a journalist and actor connected with „Krytyka Polityczna” and Strefa WolnoSłowa), Paweł Łysak (the director of Teatr Powszechnegy) and Paweł Sztarbowski (the deputy director of Teatr Powszechny for program matters).

In the preselections, among the final 53 submissions (from Poland, Italy, Ukraine, Israel, Greece, Lithuania, Portugal, Bulgaria, Belgium, Romania, Germany, Macedonia, Sweden, Spain, Iceland, the USA, and more), the Polish commission directed 3 proposals to the final stage: 

  1. Antonis Liveropoulos (Greece) – „Antonis L., a body of faith”.
  2. Roza Sarkisian (Ukraine) – „Radio Mariia”.
  3. Gabriel Sandu and Elena Morar (Romania) – „Who called the fascists to our theatre?”.



At the end of April, all artistic concepts that were sent to the seven partners were discussed during a two-day conference of the curators. An international commission selected seven proposals that will be realized as plays and performative events between October 2021 to September 2022. After the premiers, the show from each institution will be presented in at least one partner city. 

Productions selected in each partner city:
➤➤➤ Teatr Powszechny in Warsaw: Roza Sarkisian – „Radio Mariia”
➤➤➤ Teatro dei Venti (Italy): Associazione Culturale SIDERA
➤➤➤ ANTI - Contemporary Art Festival (Finland): Kaino Wennerstrand
➤➤➤ Divadlo pod Palmovkou (Czech Republic): Alin Neguţoiu
➤➤➤ Sommerblut Kulturfestival (Germany): Aleksandra Jakubczak i Elena Morar
➤➤➤ Gesher Theater (Israel): Neta Weiner
➤➤➤ Jam Factory Art Center (Ukraine): Dmytro Levytskyi.



INFORMATIONA ABOUT OPEN CALL IN Teatr Powszechny | Warsaw, Poland



Teatr Powszechny is a repertoire city theatre established nearly seventy years ago. Since 2016 the slogan “Theatre that gets in a way” has defined its programme and mission as a public cultural institution. We promote diversity, social involvement and civic commitment that enables discussions around controversial issues. Besides producing theatre performances by renown directors and young emerging artists from Poland and abroad, we organize and lead numerous cultural and educational activities, collaborate with experts and artists from various disciplines, cultural and academic institutions as well as informal social groups.

In Poland faith is almost exclusively associated with Catholicism and in recent years has been monopolised by the institution of the Catholic Church and conservative movements. "Pole-Catholic" is a historical term currently used in a public discourse mainly by nationalists and representatives of the Catholic Church as the only definition of Polishness. This inevitably excludes all those who for various reasons do not fit into it. Community and identity are being built on division and exclusion. This can be also applied to other countries. What could be our response?

We encourage applicants to consider social context, areas of conflict and politics in their performance proposals. We are particularly interested in projects investigating Polish issues while taking into account the global context.


We are looking forward to receiving proposals which include one or more of the following topics:
– global conservatism and re-emerging fundamentalism, and their local repercussions
– the New Dark Age and contemporary crusades versus alternative ways of building identity and social bonds
– resistance strategies against authoritarian and patriarchal oppression inherent in the Church and religious institutions
– killing in the name of faith: from hate speech, harassment, intimidation of opponents to political power games, arm conflicts and wars
– individual faith versus imposed nationalised religion


Teatr Powszechny offers the following:
– support and facilities of repertoire theatre including technical staff, equipment, publicity etc.
– rehearsal space and performing space (Small Stage)
– production and stage management of the performances and international tours
– 3-4 actors from Teatr Powszechny’s ensemble
– onnection with local artists, activists, journalists, researchers and academic experts
– accommodation.


*performance could be staged in another location than our Small Stage
*rehearsals up to 2 or 3 months within the period between September and December 2021
*premiere: November or December 2021 or a little later.



For more information please contact Karolina Kapralska at:






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