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Gábor Tompa

Place and date of birth: Târgu Mureş, August 8, 1957

Graduated in stage and film directing at the „I.L. Caragiale” Theatre and Film Academy in Bucharest in 1981 as a student of outstanding personalities like Liviu Ciulei, Mihai Dimiu, Cătălina Buzoianu, founders of the world-famous Romanian school of stage directing. Since 1981 Gábor Tompa is directing at Hungarian Theatre in Cluj, Romania. In 1987 he becomes the artistic director of the theatre, after the political turn he undertakes the managing of the theatre as well. Since 1989 he is professor at the „Szentgyörgyi István” Theatre Academy in Tg-Mureş. He founded the Faculty of Dramatic Art in Cluj and run the directing programme of it since 1991. He staged more the 60 plays and produced other 60.

From March 2006 to April 2008 (when The Hungarian Theatre of Cluj joined the UTE) he was an individual member of the Union of European Theatres.

Works worldwide:

2008 Mrozek: Tango -Theatre & Dance Department of the University of California, San Diego, USA 2005 After Euripides: Medea Circles – Municipal Theatre, Novi Sad, SERBIA 2004 Ionesco: The New Tenant – Northern Stage Ensemble, Newcastle, ENGLAND 2003 Beckett: Play – Theatre Thália, Budapest – Hungarian Theatre of Cluj, HUNGARY Beckett: Waiting for Godot – Vígszínház, Budapest, HUNGARY L. Pirandello: Tonight We Improvise – Staatsteather Freiburg, GERMANY) 2002 András Visky: Juliet – Theatre Thália, Budapest – Hungarian Theatre of Cluj A. Camus: The Misunderstanding – Vígszínház, Budapest, HUNGARY A. P. Chechov: Three Sisters – Staatstheater, Freiburg, GERMANY 2001 W. Shakespeare: King Lear – Vígszínház, Budapest, HUNGARY Beckett: Waiting for Godot – Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg, CANADA 2000 Ionesco: The Bald Prima Donna – Athéneé Théâtre Louis Jouvet, Paris, FRANCE Molière: Tartuffe – Théâtre de l`Union, Limoges, FRANCE Beckett: Endgame – Teatre Principal de Palma, SPAIN 1999 Beckett: Waiting for Godot – Lyric Theatre Belfast, UK Mrozek: Tango – Teatre Lliure, Barcelona, SPAIN Molière: The Pretentious Ladies – Teatre Alegria, Barcelona, SPAIN 1997 Mrozek: Tango – Pesti Színház, Budapest, HUNGARY Camus: The Misunderstanding – Akademietheater, Wien, AUSTRIA 1996 Ionesco: The Bald Prima Donna – Théâtre de l`Union, Limoges, FRANCE Visniec: Old Clown Wanted – Auersperg Fünftzen Theatre, Wien, AUSTRIA Molière: Tartuffe – Thália Theatre, Budapest, HUNGARY 1995 Beckett: Waiting for Godot – Staatstheater, Freiburg, Kammerspiele, GERMANY 1994 Shakespeare: Hamlet – Tramway Theatre, Glasgow, UK 1992 Beckett: Endgame – Wilma Theatre, Philadelphia, USA (workshop) Beckett: Waiting for Godot – Szigligeti Theatre Szolnok, HUNGARY 1991 Camus: The Misunderstanding – Szigligeti Theatre Szolnok, HUNGARY Székely: The Moors – CastleTheatre Gyula, HUNGARY 1990 Büchner: Woyzeck – Municipal Theatre, Novi Sad, YUGOSLAVIA 1987 Enquist: Song for Phaedra – National Theatre Skopje, YUGOSLAVIA

Works in Romania:

2006 András Visky: Long Friday– Hungarian Theatre of Cluj Heiner Müller: Quartet – SalTimBanc Foundation Timişoara, Hungarian Theatre of Cluj, Nottara Theatre, Bucharest, Metropolis Youth Theatre, Bucharest Shakespeare: King Lear – Lucian Blaga National Theatre, Cluj E. Ionesco: Rhinoceros – Radu Stanca Theatre, Sibiu 2005 I.L. Caragiale: The Lost Letter – Hungarian Theatre of Cluj András Visky: Disciples – Hungarian Theatre of Cluj Beckett: Waiting for Godot – Tamási Áron Theatre, Sf. Gheorghe S. Mrozek: House on the Border – Radu Stanca Theatre, Sibiu 2004 Alfred Jarry: Ubu Enchained – Comedy Theatre, Bucharest S. Beckett: Happy Days – Comedy Theatre, Bucharest 2003 E. Ionesco: Jacques or the Obedience – Hungarian Theatre of Cluj (Nominated by UNITER for Best Performance of the Year 2003) Beckett: Play – Theatre Thália, Budapest – Hungarian Theatre of Cluj S. Witkiewicz: Cockroaches – Radu Stanca Theatre from Sibiu 2002 András Visky: Juliet – Theatre Thália, Budapest – Hungarian Theatre of Cluj 2001 S. Mrozek: Charlie – Hungarian Theatre of Cluj 2000 Molière: The Misanthrope – Hungarian Theatre of Cluj (Nominated by UNITER for Best Performance of the Year 2001) 1999 Beckett: Endgame – Hungarian Theatre of Cluj 1998 Shakespeare: Troilus and Cresida – Hungarian Theatre of Cluj 1997 Shakespeare: Hamlet – National Theatre Craiova Gombrowicz: Operetta – Hungarian Theatre of Cluj (Nominated by UNITER for Best Performance of the Year 1997) 1995 Büchner: Woyzeck – Bulandra Theatre, Bucharest Bulgakov: The Intrigue of the Hypocrites – Hungarian Theatre of Cluj 1994 Molière: Tartuffe – Theatre Academy, Tg-Mures, ROMANIA 1993 Camus: The Misunderstanding – Hungarian Theatre of Cluj (Nominated by UNITER for Best Performance of the Year 1993) 1992 Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Hungarian Theatre of Cluj Ionesco: The Bald Prima Donna – Hungarian Theatre of Cluj 1991 Shakespeare: As you like it – Hungarian Theatre of Cluj Székely: The Moors – Hungarian Theatre of Cluj 1990 Heltai: Moth-ball – Hungarian Theatre of Cluj 1989 Hsing-Chien: The Bus Stop – Hungarian Theatre of Cluj Sigmond: Raining with Love – Hungarian Theatre of Cluj Ispirescu: The Coach is Coming – National Theatre Tg-Mures 1988 Caragiale: A Tempestuous Night – Hungarian Theatre of Cluj 1987 Shakespeare: Hamlet – Hungarian Theatre of Cluj Sütő A.: Blithe Wailing – Hungarian Theatre of Cluj 1986 Poliakoff: City Sugar – Theatre Academy, Tg-Mures 1985 Mrozek: Tango – Hungarian Theatre of Cluj 1984 Caragiale: A Tempestuous Night – National Theatre, Tg-Mures Feydeau: Cat in a Bag – Hungarian Theatre of Cluj Dehel G.: The Innocent – Hungarian Theatre of Cluj 1983 Bulgakov: Ivan, Wassilievitch – Bulandra Theatre, Bucharest S. Mrozek: Piotr Ohey – Academy of Theatre from Tg. Mures 1982 Albee: The Zoo-Story – National Theatre, Tg-Mures Bulgakov: Ivan, the Terrible – Hungarian Theatre of Cluj Blaga: Master Manole – Hungarian Theatre of Cluj 1981 Mrozek: Tango – Theatre Academy, Bucharest 1980 Büchner: Woyzeck – Hungarian Theatre, Sfîntu-Gheorghe 1979 Beckett: Happy Days – Theatre Academy, Bucharest

Teaching Experience:

1990–1995 - Head of directing at the Theatre Academy in Tg-Mures, Romania 1991 – Founder of the Theatre and Drama Faculty in Cluj, Romania Since 2007 – Head of Directing at theTheatre and Dance Department of the University of California, San Diego

Classes for actors at the State Theatre School in Freiburg, Germany, 1995 1999 – Theatre Academy, Barcelona 1999–2000 – classes at Institut del Teatre Barcelona and Terrassa, Spain

Workshops for directors:

International Workshop Festival, Manchester, UK 1993 International Workshop Festival, Glasgow, UK 1994 International Workshop Festival, Belfast, UK 2000 Festival de la Francophonie, Limoges, France 2003 Workshop on Shakespeare, Palma de Mallorca, Spain 2003 Brunel University, London, UK 2005 (directing MA programme)


Shorts Behind the Mask - director (Romanian Television) 1978 Fugue - director (Romanian Television) 1979

Features Chinese Defence – director (Hungarian-Romanian-French coproduction) 1999

Published works:

Lidércbánya – Mine of Nightmares (selected poems, Pallas Akadémia, 2004) Noé Színháza – Noah’s Theatre (selected poems, Pallas Akadémia, 2004) A hűtlen színház – The Unfaithful Theatre An essay on stage direction, Bucharest, 1987) A késdöfés gyöngédsége – The Tenderness of Stabbing (studies, Cluj, Romania, 1995) Óra, árnyékok – Clock, Shadows (poems, Bucharest, Romania, 1989) Készenlét – Alertness (poems, Budapest, Hungary, 1990) Romániai magyar négykezesek – Four-handed Pieces (poems, with A. Visky, Pécs, Hungary, 1994) Aki nem én – Not I (poems, Tg-Mures, Romania, 1996) Depressio Transilvanyae – (Four-handed sonnets with A. F. Kovács, Csíkszereda, Romania, 1998)

Books about his work:

TOMPA GÁBOR színházi világa / Viziuni scenice/ Theatrical Visions - Koinónia, Cluj, Romania, 2007 Conversation in Six Acts by Florica Ichim – Bucharest, Romania, 2003


UNITER (Romanian Theater Union) - Nominated to the Best Performance Award, 2005 (Waiting for Godot) - Nominated to the Best Performance Award, 2003 (Jacques or the Obedience) - Award for Excellence – 2002 - Best Director of the Year in Romania (1984–ATM, 1987–ATM, 1993, and 1997) - Best Performance of the Year (1989, 1992) Artist Meritorious of Hungary (2002) The Distinction of the Romanian President, 2000 Critics' Award (ITI Romania, 1997) “Interference”- Price of Romanian Culture Foundation, 1997 Best Performance of the Year in Yugoslavia (1990) Best Foreign Performance of the Year in England (1993) The Festival of the Romanian Comedy (2007) – Best Directing The Festival of the Romanian Dramaturgy (2004) – Best Directing ”I. L. Caragiale" National Theatre Festival – Best Directing (1992, 1996) Hungarian National Theatre Festival (1996) – Best Director International Theatre Festival - Kisinov (1994) - Best Director - Best Performance Theaterpreis, Stuttgart (1995) Media Excellency Prize (2008) Golden Apple Award (2007) Szabadság Prise (2004) EMKE-Prise (1992) Kriterion-Prise (1997) “Cuvîntul“- Prise, (1996) Open Society Foundation Romania - Prise for Contemporary Arts • theatre, 1998 Nomination for The Irish Times Award - 1999 for Waiting for Godot Best First Feature Award, International Film Festival, Salerno, Italy, for his “Chinese Defence”

Spoken Languages: Hungarian, Romanian, English, German, French, Catalan

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