Korsakow Grażyna

She was born on 9th September 1924, in Vilnius. She was a brilliant theatre actress and from the mid-twentieth century performed on theatre stages in Toruń.

She learned the trade of acting at a theatre school in Lublin, which was the first institution of this type that opened in Poland after the First World War. She passed a state exam, in front of an examination board at the Leon Schiller National Film School, chaired by Leon Schiller himself. Her début as an actress came in the 1940s. In the years 1945-1948, she performed on stage of the City Theatre in Lublin and the Municipal Theatre in Świdnica (in the years 1948-1950), the latter of which no longer exists. In 1950, she started performing on theatre stages in Toruń, first working for the combined theatres in Bydgoszcz and Toruń, which operated under the common name of Teatr Ziemi Pomorskiej. Then, in the years 1960-1997, she worked for the Wilam Horzyca Theatre in Toruń.

Her début role on theatre stage in the region of Kujawsko-Pomorskie was Blanche in the play “Widowers’ Houses” written by George Bernard Shaw and directed by Aleksander Rodziewicz. Her career at the Wilam Horzyca Theatre in Toruń spanned over 50 years, during which time she played around 100 characters. Her most memorable roles include psychiatrist Mathilde von Zahnd in “The Physicists” (1963) written by Friedrich Dürrenmatt and directed by Tadeusz Kozłowski; Anna Gottlieb in the play ,,Pożegnanie” (1968) written by Wilam Horzyca and directed by Hugon Moryciński; Queen Bona Sforza in the tragedy ,,Barbara Radziwiłłówn” (1975) directed by Magdalena Bączewska; the Marquise in the play ,,Operetka” (1988) written by Witold Gombrowicz and directed by Krystyna Meissner, or the Comedienne in ,,Piosenki przed trybunałem” (1993) based on the work by Pierre-Jean de Béranger and directed by Marta Stebnicka. Her last role on the theatre stage in Toruń was the Pirate Jenny in “The Threepenny Opera” written by Bertolt Brecht and directed by Marta Stebnicka. The play premièred in December 1995.

Grażyna Korsakow received many awards at various editions of Festiwal Teatrów Polski Północnej (Festival of Theatres from Norther Poland). In 1963, she received an award for the role of Mathilde von Zahnd in “The Physicists”. In 1964, she was awarded for the role of Dolor in “The Path of Salvation”. In 1970, she received an award for the role of Maria Lwowna in the play Niespokojna starość, and finally, in 1973, for the role of the Pupil in the play ,,Lekcja”. In 2009, she was awarded the Silver Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis.

The actress died on 25th August 2014, in Toruń. He was interred at St. George Cemetery at ul. Gałczyńskiego, in Toruń.

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