Born in Chorzów in 1968, Grzegorz Jarzyna is one of the most popular Polish theatre directors. He graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, and the Ludwik Solski State Theatre Academy in Krakow, where he studied directing. In 1998 he became the Artistic Director of TR Warszawa, one of the most innovative theatres in Poland. Jarzyna has staged classical dramas, reinterpreted in a bold and innovative way, adaptations of famous European novels, contemporary European dramas, as well as operas. His international reputation has been established through invitations to various festivals and guest performances in Europe and all over the world, in Avignon, Edinburgh, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Jerusalem, Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Stockholm, Paris, London, Dublin, Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, Wellington and Hong Kong. In 2007 he received one of the most prestigious awards of the German-speaking Europe – the Nestroy Award – for his staging of Medea in Burgtheater Vienna (2006).