Spychalski Teo

Teo Spychalski, fot. Maciej Zakrzewski(b. 1944) collaborated with Jerzy Grotowski between 1967 and 1981. He studied Polish and theatre studies at the Copernicus University (UMK) in Toruń (defending his master’s thesis on the subject of the Laboratory Theatre, supervised by Edward Csató, in 1967). He was initially accepted to work in the Laboratory Theatre as a trainee actor and researcher in theatre studies during the period of work on Ewangelie (The Gospels) and Apocalypsis cum Figuris, before subsequently participating in work connected to the paratheatrical projects. From 1972, as director of the International Studio, he led acting work for foreign trainees, while from 1975 he directed paratheatrical activities in Ostrowina. He worked together with Grotowski on the Theatre of Sources, participating in the expeditions to Haiti and Mexico. Since 1982 he has been living in Montréal where he works as a director and is the artistic director of both the Théâtre Prospero and also Le Groupe de la Veillée, with which he has created theatre projects based on the texts of Niżyński, Dostoyevsky, Balzac, Rilke, Céline, Hamsun and Gombrowicz, while also staging plays by Strindberg, Kleist, Dorst, Enquist, Kovačevic and Harrower.