General and Artistic Director
Professor at the AST National Academy of Theatre Arts in Kraków. She lectures at the Acting Department (specialties: dramatic and vocal-acting) and at the Faculty of the Dance Theatre in Bytom (specialty: dance theatre actor). She lectured also: Song, Visual arts of stage movement, Customs of the past and present, Elementary acting tasks, Fundamentals of acting.
Actress, choreographer, director, teacher, general and artistic director of the Krakow Chamber Opera. She comes from Kraków, where she graduated the Adam Mickiewicz 6th Upper Secondary School. A graduate of the Acting Department of the Ludwik Solski National Academy of Theatre Arts in Kraków (nowadays: AST National Academy of Theatre Arts in Kraków). A specialist in the field of the visual scenic movement covering issues related to the forms and styles of stage movement, the history of customs and costume, and in the field of historical court dance.
An actress of Kraków theaters (Teatr Ludowy, Teatr im. Słowackiego). She worked, among others with such directors as: K. Skuszanka, J. Goliński, I. Babel, I. Wollen, R. Zioło, M. Grabowski, D. Baduszkowa, W. Jankowski. Important roles: Klitemnestra in “Elektra” by J. Giraudaux, Balladyna in “Balladyna” by J. Słowacki, Aniela in “Maiden Vows” by A. Fredro, Marusia in the musical “Four Tank-Men and the Dog”, Victoria in “The story of the clicker” by A. Vampilov, Aldon in “Konrad Wallenrod” by A. Mickiewicz, Celia in “As You Like” by W. Shakespeare, Krasawic in “Bolesław the Bold” by St. Wyspiański, Death in “Polish Bethlehem” by L. Rydel, Wanda in “A vaudeville romance” by K. Krumłowski, Lyubov in “The Last Ones ” by M. Gorki, Rena in “Hypnosis” by A. Cwojdziński, Goplana in “Balladyna” by J. Słowacki, Elmira in Molier’s ” Tartuffe”, Tatiana in ”The Festivities” by A. Chekhov, Jerish in ” The Little Demon” by F. Sołogub, Generałowa in “November” by H. Rzewuski, Helena in “Brother of Our God” by K. Wojtyła, Bride in “Song of Songs”.
Author of over 100 choreographies and stage movement for theater and television performances directed by, among others J. Jarocki, I. Wollen, R. Zioło, W. Jankowski (including the National Theater in Warsaw, Contemporary Theater in Wrocław, theaters in Opole, Bielsko-Biała, Cieszyn, theaters in Kraków, TVP Kraków and – in her author’s performances (direction and choreography) in Teatr SCENA EL-JOT and in Kraków Chamber Opera).
In 1991 she founded her own music scene, called SCENA EL-JOT, which repertoire refered to the old tradition and customs based on historical dance, music and singing. She established the Academy of Tradition and Custom, in which are held performances, workshops and seminars. Her author’s performances have been presented not only in Kraków and Poland, but also in Paris, Lyon, Frankfurt am Main, Vilnius, both in natural, historical, sacral interiors and open air, as well as in theater interiors.
In 2000, the permanent headquarters of the theater was officially opened in the historic interiors of a tenement house at Miodowa 15 Street in Kraków.
In 2004, the theater expanded its artistic activity and included operatic repertoire and was renamed – its new name is Krakow Chamber Opera. The spectacle which inaugurated the new formula is “Don Pasquale” by G. Donizetti, directed by Wacław Jankowski and choreography by Jadwiga Leśniak-Jankowska. From that moment on, Jadwiga Leśniak-Jankowska and her husband Wacław Jankowski shape the repertoire of the theater.
On December 10, 2011, in Krakow Chamber Opera took place a premiere of the most famous comic opera by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi “La serva padrona” directed by Wacław Jankowski. With this premiere the theater has expanded its artistic activitiesfor a new project: Opera Puppet Theater, where, in addition to vocalists, drama actors, musicians and dancers, puppets and masks also have a full role in the stage activities.
On November 28, 2009, Vice President of Kraków Tadeusz Trzmiel handed Jadwiga Leśniak – Jankowska the HONORIS GRATIA badge, awarded by the Mayor of Krakow professor Jacek Majchrowski – in recognition for her activities and initiatives undertaken for the benefit of Krakow, that significantly contribute to its promotion and cultural development. The chairwoman of the Krakow City Council Małgorzata Radwan-Ballada awarded Jadwiga Leśniak – Jankowska with the silver medal of “750th ANNIVERSARY OF THE LOCATION THE CITY OF KRAKOW” on the occasion of her jubilee of artistic and pedagogical work.
In 2012, on the occasion of the jubilee of the theater (20th anniversary), the Mayor of the City of Krakow professor Jacek Majchrowski handed her the symbolic keys to the gates of the city of Krakow, bearing the sentence of CRACOVIA URBS CELEBERRIMA, with the best wishes for many artistic successes.
In 2017, on the occasion of the theater jubilee (25th anniversary), the Marshal of the Lesser Poland Voivodship Jacek Krupa awarded Jadwiga Leśniak-Jankowska with the POLONIA MINOR award in recognition of her great contribution to shaping the artistic life of Kraków and Lesser Poland, tireless promotion of culture and outstanding social contribution to the region and its inhabitants.
Jadwiga Leśniak – Jankowska is the founder of the ARS CAMERALIS foundation and a member of the Association of the Polish Stage Artists (ZASP).
General and Artistic Director
An opera, television and theater director.
A graduate of the Acting Faculty of the Ludwik Solski National Academy of Theatre Arts in Kraków (nowadays: AST National Academy of Theatre Arts in Kraków), the Directing Faculty of the Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw (nowadays: The Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw), as well as a postgraduate studies in architecture and sacred art of the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Kraków.
He was an actor, among others at the Ludowy Theatre in Krakow and at the Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Krakow.
Wacław Jankowkski worked as director, among others at the National Theater in Warsaw, at the Ludowy Theater in Krakow, at the J. Kochanowski Theater in Opole, at the Polish Theater in Bielsko-Biała, TV Theater (Krakow, Katowice) and at the Krakow Chamber Opera (nowadays).
He realized, among others, Molière’s “Tartuffe”, F. Durrenmatt’s “The Visit”, “The Game of Love and Death” by R. Rolland, “Marriage” by N. Gogol, “Silence” by R. Brandstaetter, “Hypnosis” by Cwojdziński, “Achilles and the young ladies” by A.M. Swinarski, “The Wolves” by R. Rolland, “George Dandin” by Molière, “Cyclops” by Wł. Terlecki (world premiere), “Zaide” by W.A. Mozart, “Livietta e Tracollo” by G.B. Pergolesi, “Stabat Mater” by A. Vivaldi / G.B. Pergolesi, “Don Pasquale” by G. Donizetti, “Die Schuldigkeit des Ersten Gebots” by W.A. Mozart, “The Festivities” by A. Chekhov, „La serva padrona” by G.B. Pergolesi, „Ich geh’ und suche” by J.S. Bach, „Pimpinone” by G.Ph. Telmann.
Since 1988 he held managerial positions, including: Director of the Polish Theater in Bielsko-Biała and Adam Mickiewicz Theatre in Cieszyn; The Culture and Art Department of the City of Krakow; Faculty of Culture, Sport and Tourism of the Provincial Office in Krakow; Department of Education and Culture of the Marshal’s Office in Krakow; adviser for culture to the Voivode of the Lesserpoland Voivodeship; adviser for culture to the Marshal of the Lesserpoland Voivodeship; founder and director of the Krakow Chamber Opera.
On November 28, 2009, Vice President of Krakow Tadeusz Trzmiel handed Wacław Jankowski the HONORIS GRATIA badge, awarded by the Mayor of Krakow professor Jacek Majchrowski – in recognition for his activities and initiatives undertaken for the benefit of Krakow that significantly contribute to its promotion and cultural development. The chairwoman of the Krakow City Council Małgorzata Radwan-Ballada awarded Wacław Jankowski with the silver medal of “750th ANNIVERSARY OF THE LOCATION THE CITY OF KRAKOW” on the occasion of his jubilee of artistic and pedagogical work.
In 2012, on the occasion of the jubilee of the theater (20th anniversary), the Mayor of the City of Krakow professor Jacek Majchrowski handed him the symbolic keys to the gates of the city of Krakow, bearing the sentence of CRACOVIA URBS CELEBERRIMA, with the best wishes for many artistic successes.
In 2017, on the occasion of the theater jubilee (25th anniversary), the Marshal of the Lesser Poland Voivodship Jacek Krupa awarded Wacław Jankowski with the POLONIA MINOR award in recognition of his great contribution to shaping the artistic life of Krakow and Lesser Poland, tireless promotion of culture and outstanding social contribution to the region and its inhabitants.
In 2018, by the Resolution of the Lesser Poland Regional Assembly, in recognition of his merits to the Lesser Poland Voivodship, for creativity and energy in building the opera theater, many years of work for the cultural development of Krakow and Lesser Poland, and undertaking numerous activities and initiatives promoting the region, he was awarded the BRONZE MEDAL OF HONOR for his contribution for Lesser Poland Voivodeship.
President of the ARS CAMERALIS Foundation; Vice-President of the Board of the Section of Musical Theaters of ZASP, President of the Board of the ZASP Branch in Kraków, founding member of the Society of Friends of the Krakow Philharmonic, Association of Non-Institutional Theaters, Lesser Poland Local Government Association, Association of Theater Directors, Polish Society of Landowners.
Creator and organizer of festivals and theater workshops.