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Prof. dr hab. Jacek Popiel

Prof. dr hab. Jacek Popiel

Data urodzenia

1 August 1954, Kraków

Education and academic degrees

PhD in the Humanities – 1985
Habilitated doctor of Literary Studies – Theatre Studies - 1995
Professor of the Humanities – 2007


Chair in the Faculty of Theatre and Drama, JU – since 1977
Associate Professor, JU – 2002
Ordinary Professor, JU – 2012
State Drama School (the current AST National Academy of Theatre Arts in Kraków) – 1978-2020

Academic position

Representative of assistants and adjunct academics in the Council of the Faculty of Philology; 1979 – 1988
Dean's Proxy for Student Affairs, Faculty of Philosophy; 1984–1989
Dean of the Acting Faculty, State Drama School; 1990–1993
Vice-Rector, State Drama School; 1994–1996
Rector, State Drama School; 1996–2002
Head of the Institute of Polish Studies; 2002–2005
Dean of the Faculty of Polish Studies; 2005–2012
Head of the Chair in Theatre and Drama; 2002 and since 2009
JU Vice Rector for Human Resources and Financial Management; 2012-2020
Rector of the Jagiellonian University; since 2020

Institutional appointments

Corresponding member of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences
Member of the Committee on Literary Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences; since 2007
Vice-President of the Conference of Rectors of Artistic Universities; 1999– 2002
Member of the Council of the State Programme of the Development of the Humanities; 2011-2014
One of the founders of the International Association for the Polish Studies
Member of several municipal and state committees for culture and committees for prizes in the field of culture and art
Chairman and member of the jury in playwriting and theatre competitions
One of the founders of the Sezony Teatralne (Theatre Seasons) Association
Creator and Artistic Director of the "Dramaty Narodów" Festival (1st edition – Polish romantic drama – 2005, 2nd  – Wyspiański 2007 Festival, 3rd – Słowacki 2009 Festival)
Head of the Chapter of Stanisław Wyspiański Theatre Award
Vice-President of the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland
President of the Council of Rectors of Higher Education Institutions in Kraków

Research interests

History of the 19th, 20th, and 21st century Polish drama and theatre, history of theatre education, critical edition of literary texts


Over 200 publications, including 20 books (6 individual). His texts were translated into English, French, Italian and Spanish. He is the author of several plays including Doktor Korczak, which was staged in a few Japanese cities, including Tokyo.


Lectures, seminars and classes on the history of theatre and drama in Poland at the Jagiellonian University (since 1977) and the AST National Academy of Theatre Arts in Kraków (1978-2020)
Previously, lectures on the history of theatre in the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków (Scenography) and Cracow University of Technology (Architecture)
Main supervisor of over 100 Master theses in Polish Studies and Arts
Main supervisor of 9 PhD theses, reviewer in 7 habilitation procedures and 24 PhD procedures as well as honorary doctorate and professorial procedures


Two-time winner of an individual prize of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage – 1991, 2002
Silver Cross of Merit – 2002
Order of Polonia Restituta, Knight's Cross – 2012
National Education Committee Medal – 1996
Gloria Artis Gold Medal (for merits to culture) – 2007

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