Zenon Kruszelnicki is an established theater director in New York City with a list of theatrical credits to his name, and he is also the co-Artistic Director of Whistleblower.
Born in Poland, Zenon moved to the US in 1997 to further develop his art and has been directing commercial and academic theater productions in New York City for the past 15 Years. Zenon’s most recent productions include Duncan MacMillan’s ‘Monster’; Deborah Brevoort’s ‘Women of Lockerbie’; Sam Shepard’s ‘Icarus’s Mother’; ‘Red Cross’; Sophie Treadwell’s ‘Machinal’; Lucas Kavner’s ‘Clickshare’; Euripides’s ‘Trojan Women’ and Willy Russell’s ‘Shirley Valentine’ starring Marianne Matthews.
Zenon is an acting and movement instructor, and a guest director, at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. He also directs productions every season at SUNY Purchase, one of the leading acting conservatories in the US.
“Theatre and acting is my passion and my life,” says Zenon. “I love the beauty of a story, and a message, presented side-by-side in as innovative and artistically pleasing way as possible. ‘Echoes of Ebola’ has a strong message and the moment I was offered the rights to this play I seized them. This play is a work of fiction, but one with an incredibly important message, and we have selected an amazing cast to get that message across.”
Zenon graduated in 2000 with an M.F.A in Theater Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School at The New School University in New York. He also received an M.F.A in Acting and Puppetry from the National Academy of Drama in Poland. He speaks five languages and was a dialect coach for Willem Dafoe.
Zenon was the Liberace Scholar given by the Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts. He also received ‘The Candle of Understanding’ award in the production of talking books from The Jewish Braille Institute of America.
Zenon has studied the acting methods of Stanislavski, Chekov, Grotowski, Meisner, Strasberg and Viewpoints in Europe and the USA.
Zenon is a lifetime member of The Actors Studio, as well as a member of the International Federation of Actors (FIA); the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC); the Screen Actors Guild (SAG/AFTRA) and Actors Equity in Poland (ZASP).
“With the creation of Whistleblower, a deliberately provocative theatre company here in New York City, dedicated to producing numerous commercial stage productions in the coming years, I am looking forward to pulling all the strands of my career to date into one single thread,” says Zenon. “We have the opportunity, and the backing, to explore so many topical angles and subjects. My own directing, and indeed teaching, style is aimed at discovering untapped sources of energy in the human body and becoming one with the character. Whistleblower is also looking forward to tapping the many sources of inspiration for dramatic stories all around us, and the varied characters involved.”
‘Echoes of Ebola’ will be performed at the Off-Broadway Peter Jay Sharp Theater on 42nd Street in New York from June 9th to 18th 2016. Tickets are available at www.ticketcentral.com. Tickets for Whistleblower members only performances are available by clicking here.