Jan Peszek (1944), theater and film actor, theater director, professor at AST National Academy of Theater Arts St. Wyspiański in Kraków.
He made his debut in 1966 in Teatr Polski in Wrocław, then for years he was associated with the Stary Theater in Krakow and the National Theater in Warsaw. He was invited to collaborate by many outstanding theater directors: Kazimierz Dejmek, Mikołaj Grabowski, Jerzy Jarocki, Krystian Lupa, Michał Zadara, Grzegorz Jarzyna. He made his film debut in 1966 in “Marks on the Road”, and his roles that have gone down in history include: Sixtus in “Write and Fight” directed by W. J. Has, The Count Jędruś Łohojski in “Farewell to Autumn” by M. Treliński, Max Bauer in “Korczak” by A. Wajda, Juliusz in ”The Polish Freeloader” by Ł. Wylężałek, Ubu in “King Ubu” by P. Szulkin.
Jan Peszek is an extraordinary actor, which was noticed in the 1960s by Bogusław Schaeffer, a leading representative of the musical avant-garde, writing “The script for non-existent but potential instrumental actor ”. This potential though existing actor is Peszek himself. The text that requires from an artist to be, as Tadeusz Nyczek writes in the Encyclopedia of the Polish Theater, “a trickster, virtuoso, priest and jester in one person”, was written specially for him.
The premiere of this “composition” performed and directed by Jan Peszek took place in 1976. On August 5, the monodrama will be performed at the BNP Paribas Two Riversides Film and Art Festival. Cinema Lesson with Jan Peszek on Wednesday, August 3 at 12:30 in Bursztynowa Hall, 1 Szkolna Street.