Playwright, theatre and film director
Born 1960, Pécs, Hungary – Europe
Married with two daughters (23, 24)
Completed his secondary education in Pécs. At the age of 14 he was already directing an independent amateur theatre company in the city. After secondary school, he tried several jobs as he wished to gain varied experience for his chosen career as a playwright. Thus he was an ambulance man, the director of a village community centre, a teaching assistant in a village school, a driver, a postman and gynaecological theatre assistant. At the same time he studied Hungarian at Pécs University as a correspondent student. The amateur theatre became a recognised alternative company. When he was 24, he “signed on” with the Pécs National Theatre, working first as an assistant director and then as the theatre’s secretary and dramaturge. When the theatre’s principal director, whom he regarded as his master, left, he too left the National Theatre and found a position with a book publisher. In the meanwhile he did his national service as an air traffic controller for fighter aircraft. It was then he wrote his first play, Horatio, which was premiered a year later in the Hevesi Sándor Theatre in Zalaegerszeg. In 1988 he was commissioned with founding a contemporary book publishing house in Budapest, of which he was the managing director until 1996. In addition he worked as a dramaturge for a number of theatres – the Madách Theatre, the Arizona Theatre and the Magyar Theatre in Budapest, and, to the present day, he is honorary dramaturge and resident author at two provincial theatres, the Jókai in Békéscsaba and the Katona József in Kecskemét.
Currently he is the artistic director of the Budapest inner city theatre Komédium Theatre, the artistic director of the Pécsvárad Castle Theatre operating in the summer season and dramaturge at the Magyar Theatre in Budapest.
Now the artistic director of the New Theatre, Budapest, and working in the Hungarian Cultur Academy. Worked in many international jury /Bahgdad, Tehran, New Delhi/
General director of the HORATIO FILM Ltd. /www.horatiofilm.com/
His first play, Horatio, was performed in 1988, since when his dramatic works have been regularly performed at theatres in Hungary. By the end of 2005, 62 pieces, including tragedies, comedies, farces, fairy plays and plays with music, had been premiered in 54 theatres. Over the last eight years or so he has directed most of his dramatic works himself.
A number of works have been performed abroad: Red Faust in English at the Bates Theater, Boston, USA; two pieces in German in two consecutive seasons at the summer theatre in Graz, Austria, LISELOTTE IN MAY, and MERRY MADMEN; also in Graz, at the Kellertheater PROPHET WALTZ; and LISELOTTE IN MAY at the Montana National Theatre in Bulgaria and at the Stip National Theatre in the Republic of Macedonia. Most recently, he directed his piece based on a novel by Sándor Márai in the Théâtre de l'Orangerie in Geneva, Switzerland, in the summer of 2005. Mozart and Constanze was on the programme in two series at the Kammelspiele in Hamburg in 2006 and a third is planned in 2007. The French language version of LISELOTTE IN MAY will have its first performed in spring 2007 in Geneva.
- Europa Prize – Berlin Playwrights Festival, 1995, for “Arthur and Paul”
- Szép Ernő Prize – best new Hungarian play award, 1994, for “Wax Bird” (Viaszmadár), Madách Theatre, Budapest
- Hungarian Playwrights Festival 1997 – first place, professional and spectators’ prizes
- Hungarian Playwrights Festival 1998 – first place, professional and spectators’ prizes
- Hungarian Playwrights Festival 1999 – first place, professional and spectators’ prizes
- Golden Lion Prize – best dramatist – Grand Prize of the Persian Academy
Playwright and director:
CSENDKÚT (SILENCE FOUNTAIN)
Feature film about the life of Attila Gérecz.
Screenwriter, director. (2007)
A NEMZET SZÍNÉSZEI I-III (2005) (ACTORS AND ACTRESSES OF THE NATION I-III)
screenwriter, director, producer – Horatio Film production
A HUN VÖLGY TITKAI (2007) (SECRETS OF THE VAL D’ANNIVIERS)
SZABADSÁGHARC SZEBENBEN (FREEDOM FIGHT IN SZEBEN)
-television feature film- (2007)
A FÖLD SZERETŐJE (ZSOLNAY VILMOS) (THE LOVER OF THE SOIL/
feature film (2010) www.theloverofthesoil.com
writer, director, producer – Horatio Film production
JANUS /a film about a Hungarian poet from the XV. century/
-feature film- /2010/
writer, director, premier 2010 july
-feature film - /2012/
-television play - /2014/
-feature film- /2014/