MIHAELA MICHAILOV (b. 1977) is a publicist, playwright and director. She graduated from the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest and then received a masters degree in dramatic writing (UNATC 2008) and one in anthropology (SNSPA, 2012). She holds a PhD in theatre and is university lecturer at the Caragiale Academy of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography, Bucharest. She is a coordinator of the quartly Political Art Gazette/Gazeta de Artă Politică, and has recuring columns in Scena.ro, România Liberă, Suplimentul de cultură, Observator cultural and so on. As a playwright, she published several (theater) plays such as Sales Gosses (Solitaires Intempestifs, Besancon, 2016), Cherche mon pays sur google (Maison Antoine Vitez, Paris, 2012), La Famille Offline (Maison Antoine Vitez, Paris, 2010), Le Complexe Roumanie (Maison Antoine Vitez, Paris, 2009), Complexul România (UNITEXT, Bucharest, 2007). Her plays have been adapted for the stage: Wanda (dramatization and adaptasion with Radu Apostol, directed by Radu Apostol, Youth Theater GONG, Sibiu, 2018), Familia fără zahăr/Sugar Free Family ( play texts, directed by Radu Apostol, Center of Educational Theater Replika, 2017), Fetița soldat/The Girl Soldier ( directed by Silvia Roman, Bucharest National Theater, 2016), Profu de religie/The Religion Teacher (directed by Bobi Pricop, ”Marin Sorescu” National Theater, Craiova, 2013), Familia Offline/Family Offline (directed by Radu Apostol, Teatrul Foarte Mic Bucharest, 2013), Sub Pamânt/Under Ground (directed by David Schwartz, Sub Rahova space, Bucharest, 2012). Google țara mea/Google my Country! (directed by Alexandra Badea, Teatrul Foarte Mic, Bucharest, 2010). As a researcher, she published volumes and studies such as Evacuate the Area: Zero Space in European Dance since 1989 (Routledge, 2014), Teatrul educațional. Jocuri și exerciții/Educational theatre. Games and exercises (co-autor, Bucharest 2013), Teatrul intervenției în cotidian/The theatre of intervention in the everyday in the volume entitled Das rumänische Theater nach 1989. Seine Beziehungen zum deutschsprachigen Raum (ed. Alina Mazilu, Medana Weident, Irina Wolf, Editura Frank & Timme, Berlin, 2011),Victor Rebengiuc. Omul şi actorul/Victor Rebengiuc. The man and the actor (in collaboration with Simona Chiţan, Humanitas publishing house, Bucharest, 2008).
KATIA PASCARIU (b. 1983) is an actress, working at the Jewish State Theater from Bucharest. Graduated from the Theater Faculty of Caragiale Academy of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography, Bucharest (2002-2006) and received a masters degree in Anthropology and Community and Regional Development at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, University of Bucharest (2014-2016). She is the founder and member of the 4th Age Community Art Center (2009), ADO Association – art for human rights (2013), member of the Educational Theater Centre Replika (2015) and associate founder of MACAZ Bar Teatru Coop (2016). She had several roles in theater performances such as 1918: Altă istorie nu se putea scrie!/1918: Another history could not have been written! (by Mihaela Michailov, directed by David Schwartz, Macaz Teatru Coop, 2018), Marienbad (adapted from Shalom Aleihem, by Andrei Munteanu, TES, 2017), 90 ( collectiv scenario, directed by David Scwartz, Macaz Teatru Coop, 2017), Cunthate [URĂ] (by Nico Vaccari, Replika/ Colectiv A – Bucharest 2015), Amintiri din epoca de şcoală/School Era Memories (by Mihaela Michailov, directed by Radu Apostol, ADO/ArCub production – Bucharest, October 2014, Comedy Thearer), Nu ne-am născut în locul potrivit/We were not born in the right place (written and directed by Alice Monica Marinescu and David Schwartz, Platforma space, Bucharest, October 2013). With different performances, she participated at some of the most important national and international theater festivals: International theater festival from Sibiu (2006), HOP gala – Mangalia (2006), The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) (2007), Piatra Neamţ Theater Festival (2009), Edinburgh International Theatre Festival (2013), Temps D’Images (Cluj, 2015). She is also an educational/artistic trainer with an important activity in multiple projects such as BEAMS – Liber de stereotipuri/Free of stereotypes (2014, Bucharest – theater and film workshops), Noile minorități ale Bucureștiului/Bucharest’s new minorities (2015-2016 – theater workshops for teenagers from Bucharest), Școala mobilă.Mobile school ( ducational-artistic intervention in School ‘Ferdinand I’, 2017)
VLAD PETRI (b. 1979, Bistrița) graduated from the Caragiale Academy of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography, specialising in Film Imagery and Television (2004). He obtained his Master’s degree in Visual and Media Anthropology from the Free University of Berlin (2014). He conducted the following documentaries: Revelion 2008/New Year’s Eve 2008 in 2009 together with Mădălina Roşca; București, unde ești?/Bucharest Where Are You? in 2014; and La pas pe litoral/Step by Step on the Seaside in 2016 with Vlad Ursulean. In 2008 he initiated the Photon project with Marius Iacob, carrying out photography and film workshops addressed to a large audience, especially high school and university students. Since 2012 he is an instructor at the Visual Education workshop within the Ideo-Ideis young theatre festival. He was instructor at the ‘Focus Atelier’ (Cluj, 2015) and GoBucharest (2016). He worked as a director of photography in several documentary film porjects, including ‘Circuit’ (directed by Monica Lazarescu-Gorgan); ‘Procesul’/‘The Trial’ (directed by Claudiu Mitcu); ‘România, marea curățenie’/‘Romania: The Great Cleaning’ (directed by Ruxandra Annonier); ‘Rețeaua’/’The Network’ (directed by Claudiu Mitcu); ‘Hollywood Haq’ (directed by Demir Yanev); ‘Wayfarers’ (directed by: Jelena Modric, an Aristoteles Workshop production). Starting with 2012 he documented the University Square protests in Bucharest, filming and regularly publishing online the videos and photographs of the events in Bucharest or other places. He participated in several group exhibitions: Bucharest stories – Intercultural Museum, Oslo; Spatiu expandat/Expanded Space – MNAC, Bucuresti; Maskolectiv Plus – Zalău; MOSTRA – Bucharest; 1200C – NEMTOI GALLERY, Bucharest; Târgul International de Arte Vizuale/International Visual Arts Fair – Bucharest. Personal exhibitions: Stat/cetățean/State/Citizen (2014 – Art Museum Cluj-Napoca), Portrete vii/Living Portraits (2009 – Make a Point Gallery) and Pasager/Passenger (2002 – UNA Gallery).
LUCIA MĂRNEANU (b. 1988) graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, UAD Cluj-Napoca (2012) and the Faculty of Theatre and Television, UBB Cluj (2013). She works occasionally as an illustrator for diverse publications/children’s books. Her one-woman show, entitled 10 studii despre iubire cu i mic (10 studies on love with small ‘l’) won the jury’s special award at the Independent National Theater Festival in 2013. In 2014, following her collaboration with GroundFloor Group, for the show entitled Parallel, Lucia won the ‘Uniter Debut Award’. In the same year, she became a founding member of the Reciproca, an association that offered her the chance to work with other companies as a visual artist/performer. She was awarded scholarships in Croatia and Belgium, where she focused on book illustration and comic strips. She published works in GAP and Tataia magazines. She created animations and illustrations for shows such as Call it Art (director: Leta Popescu, National Theatre Cluj), S.R.L. (director: Florin Caracala, Paintbrush Factory) and Kinderzimmerzauberei (director: Leta Popescu, Teatrul Gong Sibiu). Miracolul de la Cluj (The Miracle of Cluj, 2017, director: David Schwartz) is the latest theatre play in which she plays, which you will have the opportunity to see in Telciu this summer.
MARIA BRUDAȘCĂ is a visual artist, specialising in traditional and digital graphics, book illustrations, and animation. She obtained her PhD in 2017 in Visual Arts from the Art and Design University of Cluj-Napoca. She is active in the areas of book illustrations, graphics, and design. She is the illustrator and graphic designer of the monthly publication: „Ghidul Pozneț de cultură pentru copii”/‘The Mischievous Guide of Culture for Children’ (September 2016 – March 2017). Among the published books are: „10 mâțe, 10 căței, și alte poezii de abecedar”/‘10 kittens, 10 puppies, and other ABC poetry’ by Tudor Arghezi, Editura Arthur Publishing, 2014; „Țara unde vineri era joi. Antologie”/ ‘The Country Where Friday was Thursday. An Anthology’ by Octav Pancu-Iași, Editura ASCR Publishing Cluj-Napoca, 2012; „Cărticelele vârstelor fragede”/‘The Booklets of Fragile Ages’ 5 volumes by Constanța Buzea, Editura ASCR Publishing Cluj-Napoca, 2011; „Cartea lacurilor. Cartea pădurilor”/‘Book of the Lakes. Book of the Woods’ by Albert Wass, Editura ASCR Publishing Cluj-Napoca, 2009. She is interested in animation, her work „Cum s-a făcut Lumea”/‘How the World Was Made’, inspired by the Romanian traditional mythology, was selected by The Anim’est International Animation Film Festival, Bucharest, 2014; the „Culese din Balcani”/‘Collected from the Balkans’ Festival, The Romanian Peasant Museum, Bucharest, 2015; and by the interactive children exhibition „Apa trece, poveștile locului rămân”/ ‘The water leaves, the tales of the place stay’, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, 2015. Her animation entitled ‘Fleur’ was selected by the ‘Tres Courts’ International Film Festival of Very Short Movies, French Cultural Institute, Cluj-Napoca, 2014, where it one the jury prize.
VANESSA SINGENZIA is a 28-year-old artist based in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Her work concentrates on social issues, human behavior,female rights and the way mass media affects our society. She transposes her visual research through installation art, ready-made, short film and live performance, engaging to bring everyday feelings-struggles, memory of space and people in front of her audience.
ION BRAGĂ (b. 1984, Leova, Moldova) graduated in social work from the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca. Active participant and co-organizer of the international social theater project O scena mare pentru oameni mici/A big scene for small people, coordinator Alicu Laura (Community Resource Center). He was the representative of this project at the EVS, Vilnius, Lithuania meeting in 2010. Actor in short films with social accountability messages on locomotor disabilities. Autodidact in the field of music, focusing on rhythm, tackling the following musical instruments: drums, mouth harp, telenka, percussion instruments. Co-founder of the mini ensemble Hanu’ cu Bragă, which proposes the preservation and promotion of archaic musical instruments: bucium, telenka, kaval, fenced whistle, cimpoi, “dobă cu fideu”, “păiuc îngemănat”, as well as traditional Romanian archaic music from all over the Romanian area, from Bessarabia to the Apuseni Mountains. He participates in numerous cultural events of this nature: The tradition festival from Cristian – Sibiu; The Marathon from Piatra Craiului – Zărnești; The Oak Marathon – Mercheasa, Brașov; Gala of Protected Areas in Romania – Poiana Brașov; The Medieval Festival from Sighisoara; The Medieval Festival from Mediaș; Vlădeasa Winter Trail – Rogojel, Cluj; Stone day – Brașov; The People’s Crafts Fair at the Astra Museum in Sibiu; National Archery Competition – Sibiu; Astra Documentary Film Festival – Sibiu; The Long Road to Merry Cemetery – Săpânța, Maramureș and many other private events where they insist on promoting instrumental archaic folklore, including the 1 December Subcarpathian Feast – Roman Arenas, Bucharest.
CODRUȚA COJOC (b. 1983, Bistrița) graduated in 2007 from the ”Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy in Cluj-Napoca, specialization Muzicology, with a bachelor project on the history of electronic music. In 2010 she completed a Masterul in Educational Management at the European Studies Faculty (”Babeș-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca). In 2010 she starts a workshop in musical instruments made out of recycled items, at Grădinița Malteză (Maltese Kindergarden) for children with neuro-motor disabilities in Cluj-Napoca, as part of the “Music therapy for children with disabilities” project, supported by the Fundatia pentru Comunitate. In 2013 she coordinates the workshop at the Waldorf highschool in Cluj-Napoca and in 2014 the workshop is included in the “Școala Altfel” week in the village Geaca, Cluj county, as well as ”Vagonul creativ” within the project ”Orașul vizibil” Cluj-Napoca. In 2014 she participated in the project ”Change the City” organized by Grolsch România, with an organ-like water-based sound installation built from recycled bottles. Within the initiative ”La Terenuri Mănăștur”, she created together with the children in the neighborhood an organ out of recycled PVC tubes for community use, and in 2018 her workshop is held at the Zilelor Mănășturului. In 2017 the workshop makes a come back at the after-school program, at Caravana Veseliei, Cluj-Napoca. In 2011 and 2016 she coordinates a workshop on sound awareness for the high-school theater group ”Trapa” from Bistrița. In 2017 she participates in ”Sounds of Silence”, an Erasmus+ project in Hungary. Since 2016 Codruța is video editor and VJ electronic music parties.