Mission

The aim of the Foundation is to protect the cultural heritage of Łódź in the field of artistic creation related to theatre and to conduct interdisciplinary research focused on broadly understood culture, education and theatre practice.

Activities are carried out in three areas defined as: documentation, education and creation.

“Documentation” is a collection and archiving of all kinds of documents and testimonies of material culture connected with the history of dramatic theatres in Łódź.

“Education” includes activities related to the dissemination of knowledge about the history of Łódź theatres as well as the promotion of the achievements of artists and theatrical institutions related to this environment. It is equally important to disseminate knowledge about cultural phenomena belonging to the universal heritage of humanity.

“Creation” is bringing to life new and original artistic, educational and intellectual proposals opening new horizons in the culture of the 21st century.

The Foundation's activities include: theatre performances, art exhibitions, performative readings, scientific conferences, discussion panels, documentary films and various types of publishing projects such as audiobooks or book publications.

Patron

Mieczysław Hertz

Mieczysław Hertz (born on 2nd January 1870 in Warsaw, died on 18th January 1943 in the Warsaw Ghetto), a Polish merchant of Jewish origin, historian, writer and economic activist was one of the most important social and local government activists in Łódź in the years 1892–1939.

The appointment of Mieczysław Hertz as the patron of the Foundation is a form of commemoration of his contribution to the development of the civil society in Łódź. 

Foundation

The Mieczysław Hertz Theatre Institute Foundation is a non-governmental organization. It operates on the territory of the Republic of Poland and abroad.

The Foundation was established by Jacek Orłowski, theatre director and professor of the National Academy of Theatre Arts in Kraków and the Film School in Łódź.

The inauguration of the Foundation took place on 20th October 2016 under the patronage of the Mayor of the City of Łódź and the Marshal of the Łódź Province. Jacek Orłowski prepared a performative reading of Mieczysław Hertz's drama entitled “Ananke”, which premiered at the Victoria Theatre (vis-a-vis the Grand Hotel) on 20th October, 1903, in the former Theatre Room of the Grand Hotel in Łódź. 

Since its inception, the Foundation has engaged outstanding artists and cultural researchers from Poland and abroad.

Thanks to the cooperation with important cultural institutions all the Foundation's projects are carried out at the highest level of expertise.

Authorities

The Foundation bodies are comprised of the Board and the Programme Council.

Board and The Programe Council

Prof. Jacek Orłowski

The President of the Board

Jakub Kopania

Members of the Board
Production manager, director, event organizer

Grzegorz Nowak

Members of the Board
Photographer, set designer, theatre producer

The Programe Council

Anna Olszewska

Great-granddaughter of Mieczysław Hertz, researcher of the history of the Hertz family

Iza Połońska, PhD

Vocalist, she has given concerts in France, Belgium, Austria, Spain, Germany and Italy

Prof. Piotr Karczewski

Graphic designer, academic teacher, former dean of the Faculty of Graphic Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź

Jacek Kusiński

Publisher, writer

Prof. Jacek Orłowski

Prezes zarzadu Jacek Orłowski

Paweł Spodenkiewicz

Sociologist, historian, writer

Prof. Bronisław Wrocławski

Theatre and film actor, academic teacher, long-term Dean of the Faculty of Acting at the Film School in Łódź

Contact

Mieczysław Hertz Theater Institute
ul. Więckowskiego 20/11
90-722 Łódź, Poland

biuro@instytuthertza.pl
jacek.orlowski@instytuthertza.pl
phone:+ 48 665 722 248