Grotowski, Jerzy, 1933-1999

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Historical Background

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)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Robert Cohen collection on Jerzy Grotowski, circa 1983-1999 University of California, Irvine. Library. Department of Special Collections
referencedIn Godmilow, Jill. Jill Godmilow papers, 1974-2010. Wisconsin Historical Society Archives
creatorOf 99 Cent Floating Theatre. Records, 1973-1982. University of Pittsburgh
creatorOf Grotowski, Jerzy, 1933-1999. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
referencedIn New York Shakespeare Festival records. Series VI: Development Office, 1954-1989 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf De Mille, Richard, 1922-. The Richard De Mille Collection, 1959-1979. University of California, Santa Barbara, UCSB Library
creatorOf Rubin, Martin, 1911-1986. Papers, [ca. 1948]-1984. Ohio State University Libraries
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith 99 Cent Floating Theatre. corporateBody
associatedWith Cohen, Robert, 1938 - person
associatedWith De Mille, Richard, 1922- person
associatedWith Godmilow, Jill. person
associatedWith New York Shakespeare Festival corporateBody
associatedWith Papp, Joseph person
associatedWith Rubin, Martin, 1911-1986. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Avant-garde theater
Experimental theater


Birth 1933-08-11

Death 1999-01-14





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