Izabela Drobotowicz-Orkisz

A 1983 graduate of the Cracow PWST National Academy of Theatre Arts, student of Jerzy Trela, Ewa Lassek, and Jerzy Jarocki. In 1983-95 she performed on the stages of Teatr Wybrzeże in Gdańsk and Teatr Atelier in Sopot. She has appeared in dozens of classical and modern roles. The most significant roles in her career include those in Dziewczęta z Nowolipek and Rajska Jabłoń, both directed by Barbara Sass. In 1994 she parted with theatre and went back to Kraków with her family. She has presented her own monodrama Zamieszkać z Tobą based on The Story of a Soul by Thérèse of Lisieux about 200 times in Poland, Europe and Canada. For 20 years she has been running her private professional theatre named “Teatr Hagiograf” as a continuation of the Rhapsodic Theatre. She creates screenplays, directs performances and concerts. Since the beginning of the 1990s she gives lectures and runs courses on voice management and personal image. She works with her authorial method combining acting workshop with psychological knowledge. She has a certificate in Logotherapy of V. Frankl’s Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy, she is a cofounder of Karol Wojtyła Institute. Since 1998 she has been working as an independent movie director. She received two first prizes of the MFFK festival in Niepokalanów. Her artistic documentary Pięć Tajemnic, Bolesne had an official premiere in Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau in 2002. She was also awarded during the “Znaki Czasu“ festival in Łódź in 2004. Her last movie is artistic documentary Konstrukcja nośna. Rzecz o Jerzym Ciesielskim. with Radosław Pazura in the leading role. She comes from Gdańsk by birth, but is a Kraków citizen by choice. A wife, mother to three children, grandmother to four grandchildren. She has several passions in life and lives in harmony with herself.