Grotowski, Jerzy, 1933-1999Alternative names
Jerzy Grotowski, born in August 1933, was a Polish theatre director and a leading figure in avant garde theatre of the 20th century. He was also the innovator of the "theatre laboratory" and "poor theatre" concepts. In 1983, Grotowski was invited to the University of California, Irvine by Robert Cohen, where he began a course of work called "Objective Drama." This research focused on an investigation of the psychophysiological impact on participants of songs and other performative tools derived from traditional cultures. Grotowski passed away in January 1999.
Robert Cohen was the founding chair of the UC Irvine drama department from 1965 until 1990. He is currently Claire Trevor Professor of Drama at UC Irvine.
From the guide to the Robert Cohen collection on Jerzy Grotowski, circa 1983-1999, (Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries)
- Avant-garde theater
- Experimental theater