Senior Lecturer in Theatre

Agnieszka Blonska is a theatre director and performer based in the UK since 2003. For the last 18 years she has worked in Britain and internationally as an independent artist and in collaboration with theatre companies and theatres such as Wildworks, Powszechny Theatre, Theatre Institute in Warsaw, Desperate Men, DotComedy, Mercurial Wrestler, National Theatre Studio, Soho Theatre, Theatre Bristol, Hall For Cornwall and Circomedia.  

Agnieszka has a particular interest in subjects of identity, social change and personal story in relation to a society. In her work she involves a variety of forms including participatory and performative theatre exploring the boundaries of traditional understanding of drama and play. Agnieszka applies devising methods and improvisation, often examining deconstruction and non-linear approach to a performance.  

Agnieszka works as a senior lecturer in Theatre at Falmouth University. She holds an MA in Social Sciences with specialization in Anthropology of Culture (Warsaw University) and Post Graduate Diploma in Drama Directing (Bristol Old Vic Theatre School). Agnieszka is an associate artist at Hall For Cornwall and co-founder of Kerpow (Kernow Power of Women). In 2008 Agnieszka was nominated to the Arts Foundation Award for Young Theatre Directors. 

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Contact details

Telephone 01326 255920

Qualifications

Qualifications

Year Qualification Awarding body
2007 Postgraduate Diploma, Drama Directing Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
2004 Postgraduate Diploma, Physical Theatre Postgraduate Diploma, Physical Theatre
2003 MA Social Sciences, specialisation Anthropology of Culture Warsaw University, Institute of Applied Sciences
2001 Certificate, Theatre The Academy of Theatre Practices, Gardzienice, Poland

Honors and awards

Year Description
2016

Associate Artist, Hall For Cornwall, Truro, UK

2016

Producers Projects, awarded with Theatre Bristol's support towards collaboration with a producer Helen Edwards

2008

Artist in Attachment, National Theatre Studio, London

2008

nomination to the Arts Foundation Award for Theatre Directors by Lisa Goldman, the artistic director of Soho Theatre

Research Interests

Research interests and expertise

Agnieszka has a particular interest in subjects of identity, social change and personal story in relation to a society. In her work she involves a variety of forms including participatory and performative theatre exploring the boundaries of traditional understanding of drama and play. Agnieszka applies devising methods and improvisation, often examining deconstruction and non-linear approach to a performance.

Research Topics

  • Devising and Improvisation
  • Dramaturgy and Composition
  • Participatory Theatre
  • Performative Theatre.

Research Outputs

Publications and research outputs

Performance

Blonska, Agnieszka ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5345-8179, Wichowska, Joanna, Rumas, Robert, Khyzna, Nina, Sienicki, Artur, Slesinski, Arkadiusz, Adamczyk, Karolina, Bielawka, Klara, Bozek, Aleksandra, Brykalski, Arkadiusz, Czerkaszyna, Oxana, Lagiewczyk, Natalia and Robaszkiewicz, Maria (2019) DEVILS (Diably). [Performance] Item availability may be restricted.
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Blonska, Agnieszka ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5345-8179, Wichowska, Joanna, Rumas, Robert, Sienicki, Artur, Mleczak, Natalia, Korsak, Emilia and Olszak, Kuba (2017) Mephisto. [Performance]
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Blonska, Agnieszka ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5345-8179, Kujawska, Patrycja and Iwanowski, Michal (2017) Polish Vermin. [Performance]
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Blonska, Agnieszka ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5345-8179, Carey, Seamas and Abbott, Victoria (2016) Seamas Carey Meets His 4 Year Old Self, With a Choir. [Performance]
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Blonska, Agnieszka ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5345-8179, Sarkisian, Roza, Wichowska, Joanna and Levytskyi, Dima (2016) My Granddad was digging, My Dad was digging and I will not. [Performance] Item availability may be restricted.
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Blonska, Agnieszka ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5345-8179 and Wichowska, Joanna (2016) Praskie Sci-Fi (Praga’s Sci-Fi). [Performance]
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Blonska, Agnieszka ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5345-8179, Dobson, Emily and Sellwood, Grace (2016) Wild Women. [Performance]
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Blonska, Agnieszka ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5345-8179, Chutnik, Sylwia, Grabowska, Magdalena and Grzybek, Agnieszka (2015) Gwalt. Glosy (Rape. Voices). [Performance] Item availability may be restricted.
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Blonska, Agnieszka ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5345-8179 and Clark, Gareth (2015) (F.E.A.R.). [Performance]
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Blonska, Agnieszka ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5345-8179 and Kemp, Mercedes ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4101-6810 (2015) Dreaming in a Desert Place. [Performance]
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Blonska, Agnieszka ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5345-8179 and Abbott, Victoria (2015) At The End Of The Line. [Performance]
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Blonska, Agnieszka ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5345-8179, Canham, Dan, Parry, Mark and Bushell, Jules (2014) Once Upon A Time. [Performance]
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Blonska, Agnieszka ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5345-8179 (2014) People Have Voice. [Performance] Item availability may be restricted.
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Blonska, Agnieszka ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5345-8179, Kaba, Angel, Kaiwa, Sayaka, Morales, Marielle, Shyshko, Igor, Yoshihara, Mioko and Lisac, Valerij (2014) EINTOPF (Stew). [Performance] Item availability may be restricted.
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Media

Blonska, Agnieszka ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5345-8179, Fletcher, Jennifer, Tanner, Steve and Kingsnorth, Ian (2021) We've Been Here. [Media]
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Events

2017

Porous Borders symposium, pre Prague Quadrinalle 2019, Prague; presentation of my collaboration with a producer Helen Edwards

Teaching

Areas of teaching

  • Composition
  • Devising
  • Directing
  • improvisation
  • Physical Theatre
  • Production and Performance

Courses taught

  • BA(Hons) Theatre & Performance
  • BA(Hons) Acting

Policy engagement within Cornwall

Engagement with organisations which contribute to the development of educational, cultural or socio-economic policies in Cornwall

Hall For Cornwall, Truro; Associate Artist
Kerpow (Kernow Power of Women), Co-founder and Co-director

Professional Engagement

Independent professional practice

2019 (ongoing) director, "Diably" ("Devils"), based on motifs from "Mother Joan of Angels" by J. Iwaszkiewicz, dramaturgy: J. Wichowska; Teatr Powszechny, Warsaw, Poland
2018 director, "Polish Vermin"presented as a part of Festival (Happy City/Atlas of Transitions) at Teatr Powszechny, Warsaw, Poland
2017 (ongoing), director, “Mefisto” (“Mephisto”), inspired by K. Mann’s novel and a film by I. Szabo “Mephisto”, dramaturgy J. Wichowska; Teatr Powszechny, Warsaw, Poland
2017 voice over, “I’m Sticking With You” by Tim Crouch; Pebble Gorge, UK
2017 (ongoing), director, “Polish Vermin” R&D, devised in collaboration with P. Kujawska, M. Iwanowski and B. Bower; Ferment Bristol Old Vic, Arnolfini, Newlyn Art Gallery, FEAST and Kneehigh Theatre, UK
2016, director, “Seamas Carey Meets His 4 Year Old Self, With a Choir”, musical director Seamas Carey and Victoria Abbott, Newlyn Art Gallery, Newlyn, UK
2016, co-director with Roza Sarkisian, “Mij Did kopav, Mij Batko kopav, a ja ne budu” (“My Grandad was digging, My Dad was digging, and I won’t”), dramaturgy J. Wichowska and D. Levitsky, Gogolfest, Kiev, Ukraine and Ukraine tour
2016 director, “Praskie Si-Fi” (“Praga’s Sci-Fi”), dramaturgy J. Wichowska, Teatr Powszechny, Warsaw, Poland
2016 director, “Wild Women”, R&D of FreeFall Dance production, HFC, Cornwall, UK
2015 director, “Rape. Voices”, dramaturgy S. Chutnik, produced by Association STER and Teatr Powszechny, Warsaw, Poland
2015 (ongoing) director, “F.E.A.R.”, a devised solo performance in collaboration with Gareth Clark, Experimentica Festival, Cardiff, UK
2014 (ongoing) director, “Once Upon a Time”, a devised performance, produced by Theatre Bristol, Circomedia and Polish Cultural Institute; Bristol and UK tour
2015 movement consultant, “Academy of Risk”, dir. Ben Symes, Truro Collage and Edinburgh Fringe, UK
2015 co-organiser with Merecedes Kemp and director, “Dreaming In A Desert Place. Tunisia, benefit evening” Newlyn Art Gallery, Newlyn, UK
2015 co-director with Mercedes Kemp, R&D Wildworks Theatre, Dream City, Tunis, Tunisia
2014-2015 co-director with Vicky Abbott, “The End of The Line”, theatrical choir event, 50 Degrees Choir, Penzance; Giving Voice Festival, Performance Centre, Falmouth, UK
2014 co-ordinator/director, “People Have Voice”, an evening dedicated to Ukraine and Maidan victims, Performance Centre, Falmouth University, Cornwall, UK
2013-2015 director, “Eintopf”, part of an international project Taburopa, Germany, Portugal, Belgium, Poland 2013 acting, “Grandfather Frost’s Christmas Depot”, role: Elf Ilbryth, Mercurial Wrestler, Penzance, UK
2013 acting, “Magna Misteria” (tour), role: Morellini Sister, Mercurial Wrestler, UK
2013 director, “Fale” (“The Waves”) by V.Woolf, Teatr Ochoty, Warsaw, Poland
2012-2013 acting, “Chimera”, role: Calypso, two R&D’s, Wildworks Theatre, Tehidy Woods, Cornwall, UK
2011-2012 assistant director to Bill Mitchell, “Babel”, Wildworks Theatre, London, UK
2011-2014 director, “Grubasy” (“Fatties”), a devised performance, Theatre Institute, Warsaw, Poland
2010-2011 acting, “The Enchanted Palace”, a theatre instalation, Wildworks Theatre, Kensington Palace, London, UK
2008-2011 acting, “The Maze”, role: Hedge Lady, DotComedy Theatre, UK and Australia
2010 writer, deviser and performer, “I”, a solo show, dir. By R. Smith, Bristol Old Vic Theatre, Bristol; South Street Arts Centre, Reading, UK
2010 acting, “The Pig Pen Riots”, Desperate Men Theatre, Glasgow, UK
2010 coordinator of the actors’ initiative, “Decameron”, Theatre in Walbrzych,  Poland
2009 director, “Maria Stuart” by J. Slowacki, Theatre Institute, Warsaw, Poland
2009 acting, “Ghosts of Portland Square”, dir. by N. Hughes, Bristol, UK
2009-2011 director, “Byl sobie Dziad i Baba” (“Once upon a time...”), Theatre Institute, Warsaw, Poland and National Theatre, Warsaw, Poland 
2009 acting, “The Beautiful Journey”, role: Kalipso, Wildworks Theatre, UK
2009 director, “Exportowcy” by J. Papis, Theatre in Koszalin, Poland
2008 director, “Milosierdzie Gminy” (“Village’s Mercy”) by M.Konopnicka, adapt. K.Ratnicyn, Theatre in Walbrzych, Poland
2008 director, “Next Village”, R&D, devised, National Theatre Studio, London, UK
2008 director, “This Gypsy is not a Gypsy, it’s surely an Afghan Terrorist”, a read through based on internet forums, Jeleniogorski Theatre, Jelenia Gora, Poland
2008 assistant director to Lisa Goldman, “A Couple of Poor Polish-Speaking Romanians” by D.Maslowska, Soho Theatre, London, UK
2007 acting, “The Severn River Project”, role: Countess, Desperate Men Theatre, UK
2007 acting, “Souterrain”, role: Euridice, Wildworks Theatre, France and UK
2007 director, "Vincent River" by P.Ridley, Alma Theatre, Bristol, UK
2007 assistant director, “Blue Remembered Hills” by D.Potter, text project, BOVTS, Bristol, UK
2007 assistant director to S. Wilson, “Wide Awake”, “Elixir of Love” by G.Sullivan, radio plays, adapt. by S.Wilson; BOVTS, Bristol, UK
2007 director of a read through "Escape" by Adrian Harris, South West Writers Group, Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, UK
2007 director and writer, “The Wind Up”, a short film, UK
2006 assistant director, “Wind in the Willows” adapted by J.Hartoch, BOVTS, Redgrave Theatre, Bristol, UK
2006 director of scenes from “The Bacchae” by Eurypides, BOVTS, Bristol, UK
2006 director of scenes from “After Liverpool” by J. Saunders, BOVTS, Bristol, UK
2006 acting, 'Rubbish Heads', 'FilmCrew', ‘Pirates’ (tour) Desperate Men, Bristol, UK
2005 acting and co-directing, “The Hollow Men”, Equaldoubt Theatre, WiD project, Chapter Arts, Cardiff, UK
2005 acting and co-directing, “3”, Equaldoubt and Darkmen, Chapter, Cardiff, UK
2005 co-director of a youth theatre project 'Interiors', Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, UK
2005 acting, “Phantasma”, dir. Sean Tuan John, WMC, Cardiff, UK
2005 acting, “Stroll in The Park”, Desperate Men, Castle Park, Bristol, UK
2005 acting,“Miracle Show” (tour), role: Krusza, Desperate Men, Bristol, UK
2004 acting and co-directing, “Suffocation” (international tour), Equaldoubt Theatre, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, UK
2004 acting and co-directing, "Walking on the roof", School of Physical Theatre, London, UK

Engagement with professional associations and societies

  • Member of 2021 Island, imPOSSIBLE
  • EQUITY, a union for professional performers and creative practitioners