Kamil Maćkowiak

Kamil Maćkowiak was born on 20th November 1979, in Bydgoszcz, but grew up in Gdynia. He is a man of many talents. He is first and foremost a theatre and film actor. However, on top of that, he is also a dancer, choreographer, director, producer, and screenwriter.

His initial plan was to go to Warsaw to study, but fate had something else in store for him. His path took him to Łódź, where he graduated from the Acting Department of the Lodz Film School, in 2003. He has been involved in creating his own theatre, since 2010, thanks to establishing a foundation under his own name and taking the helm as its president.

He made his début on stage during studies, playing as Count Franz Orsini-Rosenberg in the play “Amadeus” written by Peter Shaffer, directed by Waldemar Zawodziński, which premièred at the Stefan Jaracz Theatre in Olsztyn. He continued working for that theatre for a decade, i.e. In the years 2003-2013, appearing in numerous stage productions directed by Waldemar Zawodziński and Małgorzata Bogajewska (for example, in “Osaczony” from 2007).

The actor makes frequent appearances in TV series. In Pensjonat pod Różą, he played as Mikołaj Siemaszko, a handsome young man suffering from a love affair. In Kryminalni, he was the courageous District Attorney Jacek Dumicz, while in Przyjaciółki, he played Inga’s boss, Adrian Żółkowski. Kamil Maćkowiak’s professional portfolio includes roles in the TV series Naznaczony, Oficerowie, Barwy szczęścia (playing Marcel Lasota, Marlena’s brother), or in Na Wspólnej.

His artistic achievements also include the main role in Korowód, directed by Jerzy Stuhr, in which he played Bartek Wilkosz, a student cheating other people, who suddenly starts having second thoughts about his immoral behaviour. The film featured such great actors as Jan Frycz, Maciej Stuhr, and Olga Bołądź, who comes from Toruń.

The actor has received over thirty theatre awards at Polish and international theatre festivals. Kamil Maćkowiak has also won many awards for his artistic creation in the stage production Nijinsky, which turned out to be one of his most memorable theatre roles. The monodrama was based on Vaslav Nijinsky’s Diary. Nijinksy was a precursor of modern dance, a phenomenal ballet dancer and choreographer, who was eventually committed to a mental institution. The play was directed by Waldemar Zawodziński and premièred on 3rd December 2005, at the Chamber Stage of the Stefan Jaracz Theatre in Olsztyn. In addition to playing the main character in it, Kamil Maćkowiak worked on the choreography and co-written its script. It is worth adding that the actor spent quite a lot of time in a mental institution to learn about the typical behaviour demon stared by people suffering from psychosis, as part of his preparation for the role.

Later on, Kamil Maćkowiak created other monodramas, such as Amok and Diva Show, well received by the audiences. The actor designed the choreography for and directed the latter.

Kamil Maćkowiak’sfoundation is involved not only in producing his own theatre productions, but also in other artistic activities connected with film-making, education, publications, and promotion of culture. In 2019, the actor took the position of the art director of the private theatre Scena Monopolis in Łódź, where he opened the theatre season with the stage production Death and the Maiden created by the foundation.

Selected Filmography

  • 2000 – “Sandra K.” (television play)
  • 2002–2006 – “Pensjonat pod Różą” (TV series)
  • 2004–2005 – “Sprawa na dziś” (TV series)
  • 2006 – “Oficerowie” (TV series)
  • 2006–2008 – “Kryminalni” (TV series)
  • 2007 – “Korowód”, dir. by Jerzy Sthur
  • 2007–2008 – “Naznaczony” (TV series)
  • 2011 – “Komisarz Alex” (TV series)
  • 2014–2016 – “Barwy szczęścia” (TV series)
  • 2017–2018 – “Przyjaciółki” (TV series)
  • 2006, 2018 – “Na Wspólnej” (TV series)

Selected Awards

46th Kalisz Theatre Meetings – Festival of Acting – Audience Award for the leading role in the stage play Nijinsky, Golden Mask Award for the best actor’s performance in Nijinsky in the 2005/2006 season; 6th Monocle Baltic House International Monodrama Festival in Saint Petersburg – first award for the monodrama Nijinsky; 37th edition of Jelenia Góra Theatre Meetings – best actor award (for the play Osaczeni); 8th edition of National Festival of Modern Drama “Rzeczywistość Przedstawiona” – acting award for performance in the stage play Osaczeni; THESPIS International Monodrama Festival in Kiel – Thespis Media Award for the actor’s performance in the stage drama in Nijinsky; 39th edition of Jelenia Góra Theatre Meetings – award for the best actor’s performance in Nijinsky; the Leon Schiller Award for thestage production Diva Show; Plebiscyt Plastry Kultury 2013 (annual poll to choose the best actor) – award in the Theatre Play of the Year category for the monodrama Diva Show; 3rd edition of Halo kultura (a poll) – award for the best actor from Łódź in the 2017 season; the Annual Award of the President of Łódź for artistic achievements.