I am a theatre director and drama pedagogue, from Budapest, Hungary, working as principal director in Kolibri Theatre, the leading theatre for children and youth in Hungary. I divide my life between Dublin and Budapest, since my family is living in Ireland, and I am a PhD Candidate in Dublin City University.

In 2001, I joined the Bárka Theatre (Budapest) where I started to direct young people within a professional theatre environment. Since then I have directed more than 50 professional productions, mainly for young audiences, in Hungary, Serbia, the Ukraine, Romania and Ireland. Our productions have won numerous ASSITEJ awards in Hungary, and we received the Hungarian Critics’ Award for the best production for young audiences in 2011 with István Tasnádi’s Cyber Cyrano.

In 2015 I have joined Kolibri Theatre as principal director in Budapest where I have been participating in various long-term European Theatre Collaborations like Platform 11+ (2010-2014), Platform Shift+ (2014-2018), PlayOn! (2019-2023).

Between 1994 to 2011 I have worked as a drama- and film-teacher for seventeen years, directed more than thirty award-winning student productions with young actors at national youth theatre festivals. I was chairman of the National Youth Theatre Association in Hungary 1998-2002, and have led workshops with young actors in Turkey, Israel, Finland, Estonia, Germany, Czech Republic, Norway, and Ireland.

I have worked on various films as dialogue coach, first assistant, and casting director. In 1996, I directed the feature-length documentary Vinci, Straighten Up!

  • Dublin City University – PhD Theatre Studies
    (2018- )
  • Academy of Theatre and Film, Budapest – Dramapedagogy, degree course (2000–2003)
  • ELTE, Faculty of Humanities – Aesthetics, degree course (1992–2000)
  • ELTE Faculty of Humanities – Hungarian Literature, MA degree course (1987-1992)
  • ELTE Faculty of Humanities – Germanic Studies, MA degree course (1987-1993)
  • 2015 –
    Kolibri Theatre for Children and Youth, Budapest – principal director

     

  • 2013 – 2018
    St Patrick College, Dublin – guest lecturer

     

  • 2013 –
    Dublin City University, Dublin – guest lecturer

     

  • 2010 – 2017
    Nemes Nagy Ágnes Art School – teacher

     

  • 2008 – 2021
    Szabad Kurzus Alapítvány (Open Course Foundation) – chairman

     

  • 2006 – 2008
    Academy of Theatre and Film Studies – tutor

     

  • 2001 – 2010
    Keleti István Art School – dramateacher

     

  • 1999 – 2005
    Pázmány Péter Chatolic University Aestetics – guest lecturer

     

  • 2002 – 2006
    Bárka Theatre, Budapest – production manager, theatre director

     

  • 1998 – 2002
    National Association for Youth Theatre – chairman

     

  • 1993 – 2011
    Vörösmarty Mihály Gimnázium – drama-, filmteacher

ASSITEJ Glass Hill Award  for the best production of the season for youth – A MONSTER CALLS
(X. ASSITEJ Theatre Biennale for Children and Youth, Kaposvár, 2022)

Solténszky Tibor díj
(National Association for Youth Theatre, 2020)

ASSITEJ Glass Hill Award  for the best production of the season for children – THE BUTTERFLY LION
(IX. ASSITEJ Theatre Biennale for Children and Youth, Kaposvár, 2018)

Hevesi Sándor-Award for international theatre activities (2018)

Festival Award – WITHOUTFATHER, WITHOUTMOTHER
(9th Theatre Festival for Young Audiences, Budapest, 2017)

ASSITEJ Glass Hill Award  for the best production of the season for children – MATTIE, THE GOOSE-BOY
(VIII. ASSITEJ Theatre Biennale for Children and Youth, Kaposvár, 2016)

Special award for public education – THE THIRD WAVE
(VII. ASSITEJ Theatre Biennale for Children and Youth, Kaposvár, 2014 )

Best director – EAST BALKAN, THE PAUL STREET BOYS
(VI. ASSITEJ Theatre Biennale for Children and Youth, Kaposvár, 2012)

Hungarian Critic’s Award for the best production of the season for youth –  CYBER CYRANO (2011)

ASSITEJ Glass Hill Award  for the best production of the season for youth – CYBER CYRANO
(6th Theatre Festival for Young Audiences, Budapest, 2011)

ASSITEJ Glass Hill Award  for the best production of the season for youth – HERONS
(IV. ASSITEJ Theatre Biennale for Children and Youth, Kaposvár, 2008)

ASSITEJ Glass Hill Award  for the best production of the season for youth – SCHOOL AT THE BORDER
(4th Theatre Festival for Young Audiences, Budapest, 2007)

Festival Award for the outstanding ensemble work – THE LORD OF THE FLIES
(III. ASSITEJ Theatre Biennale for Children and Youth, Kaposvár, 2006)

Award of outstanding quality – NOBODY’S DAUGTHER
(Ifj. Horváth I. International Amature Theatre Festival, Kazincbarcika, 2006)

Main Award – NOBODY’S DAUGTHER
(Kaliope Amature Theatre Festival, Budapest, 2006)

Special Award – THE LORD OF THE FLIES
(3rd Theatre Festival for Young Audiences, Budapest, 2005)

Golden Laurel Award: lifetime achievement award (National Association for Youth Theatre, 2003)

Main Award – RASHOMON (Festival of Hungarian Amature Theatre, Balassagyarmat, 2001)

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