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.


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.


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.


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

Małgorzata Gaduła- Zawratyńska 

Mem­bers of the Board

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


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

pho­ne:+ 48 665 722 248