ISSN 2451-2966




Polish Theatre Journal (PTJ) is an online English-language academic magazine examining contemporary Polish theatre and performance, published twice yearly by the Theatre Institute in Warsaw and The Department of Theatre Studies of Theatre Academy in Warsaw.

PTJ aims to:

- boost international dialogue on contemporary Polish theatre by encouraging exchange of ideas and experiences between Polish and international researchers, taking into account various points of view and intellectual and cultural traditions and practices

- research Polish theatre and performance art in their vital role – in both local and global contexts – as a medium of public affairs, mechanisms of the emergence and development of collective identity and consciousness, and unveiling the affects and dynamics of community life

- identify the place of Polish theatre and performance in the world of contemporary global civilisation, as well as the role they play in the debate on major problems of our times.

Focusing on Polish theatre is not confined to its unique local aspects. What is viewed as local and peculiar to Poland often shares a lasting relation with global issues. We therefore propose problem-based approaches placing Polish artists and the phenomena characteristic of Polish theatre in a broader context. 


The Theatre Institute in Warsaw documents, promotes and stimulates theatrical life in Poland. The Institute ignites public debate on contemporary Polish theatre, broadens the perspectives of the accompanying academic reflection, and promotes research and educational activity. It runs, the largest vortal devoted entirely to Polish theatre, and produces the Encyclopedia of Polish Theatre (, which combines aspects of a traditionally laid-out academic publication with a source thematic platform. The Institute also operates the PROSPERO theatre bookshop ( Since 1 January 2014 the Institute’s director has been Dorota Buchwald, who replaced Maciej Nowak, at the helm since its inception in 2003.

The Theatre Institute is home to Poland’s largest archive of contemporary theatre documentation. Any curious visitors can access a vast collection of press articles, reviews, photos, theatre programmes, playbills, posters, and documents relating to the operation of individual theatres. You can also find folders with press cuttings on the work of individual artists, editions of theatre and film festivals, drama schools, and industry magazines in the library. Many digitalised documents can be accessed in the virtual section of the archive at

The Department of Theatre Studies is a part of Theatre Academy in Warsaw. It was founded in 1975 for students with secondary school certificate and prepares for the profession of a historian, a theatre critic and a literary manager of the theatre. The BA studies last three years and the MA studies last two years. Currently studies take into consideration the fact that more and more graduates become managers, PR and media specialists, theatre producers and culture animators. Students have now an opportunity to attend law, public realtions and marketing classes. Among professors and lecturers of the department were and are the most renowned Polish theatre scholars and practitioners: Zbigniew Raszewski, Jerzy Koenig, Marta Fik, Tomasz Kubikowski, Michał Zadara. From 2016 the Dean of The Department of Theatre Studies is Tomasz Plata. 


Editorial board: 

PhD Agata Adamiecka-Sitek
Instytut Teatralny im. Zbigniewa Raszewskiego, Akademia Teatralna im. Aleksandra Zelwerowicza

Prof. Dariusz Kosiński
Uniwersytet Jagielloński

PhD Tomasz Plata
Akademia Teatralna im. Aleksandra Zelwerowicza

PhD student Zofia Smolarska

MA Paulina Kubas

Marta Keil  - guest editors of Polish Theatre Journal 3/2016: Theatre and Democracy. Institutional Practices in Polish Theatre (with Agata Adamiecka-Sitek)
Igor Stokfiszewski - guest editor of Polish Theatre Journal 2/2016: Theatre and Community

Academic board:

prof. Halina Filipowicz
University of Wisconsin-Madison

prof. Richard Gough
University of South Wales

prof. Paul Allain
University of Kent

prof. Elżbieta Matynia
The New School Lang

prof. Ian Watson
Rutgers University

Contact us:
Instytut Teatralny im. Zbigniewa Raszewskiego
ul. Jazdów 1, 00-467 Warszawa
NIP: 526-27-07-950