Sunday, February 7, 2021, 22:30 EET (GMT +02:00)

Canada

Director: Luiza Cocora / Canada

Actor: Iulia Colan

Episode: Day 4, Story 5

about the Director

Luiza Cocora

Back in her home country, Romania, Luiza worked as an acclaimed actress for theatre, television and cinema, gaining critical praise and several awards. She made her debut in The Chioggia Scuffles directed by Vlad Mugur at Craiova National Theatre.  Henceforth, Luiza had worked with some of the greatest Romanian stage directors, playing main roles such as Ophelia (Hamlet by Shakespeare, directed by Vlad Mugur), Olga Ilinskaia (Oblomov by I.A. Goncearov, directed by Alexandru Tocilescu), Lena (Leonce and Lena by Büchner, directed by Alexandru Dabija) and so on.

After moving to Montreal, Canada, Luiza got a BA degree in film production at Concordia University, and started a career as a filmmaker, while continuing to work as an actress.  She has directed two short films that officially premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and then travelled the world.  Luiza is currently developing her first feature film, for which she had received numerous writing grants. In 2019 Luiza has also been the winner of a two-year playwriting and theatre production residency program initiated by Centre des auteurs dramatiques (CEAD), Conseil des arts de Montréal, Zone Homa and the theatre company La Serre – Art Vivants.

about the actor

Iulia Colan

Iulia Colan is one of the most appreciated actresses of “Marin Sorescu” National Theatre Craiova. Since her debut (2008), she has been distinguished by impeccable stage presence, charisma, dedication and meticulousness.

Her roles are little pieces of Art worked in filigree, and the attention to every detail is often noticed by the professional audience.

Nina in Pescărușul (The Seagull) by A. P. Chekhov (directed by Yiannis Paraskevopoulos), Natalia Petrovna in O lună la țară (A month in the country) by Ivan Turgenev (directed by Cristi Juncu), Anca in Spargerea (The Break-in) after Razvan Petrescu (directed by Dragos Alexandru Mușoiu), Agika of  Familia Tót (The Tóts) by Örkeny István (directed by László Bocsárdi), She in Dacă am gândi cu voce tare (If we would think out loud) by Adnan Lugonić (directed by Radu Afrim) are flawlessly performed roles by Iulia on the stage of the National Theatre Craiova.

“I became an actress the same way I became the person I am today. Throughout my experiences, the people I connected to, the disillusions and joys I had lived, the grandparents I was lucky enough to have, the music I listened to, the books I read”, declared Iulia Colan in an interview.

For the role in the performance at the ACT Theatre – Flori pentru Algernon (Flowers for Algernon) after Daniel Keyes – for which Iulia signed both the direction and the playwriting – she received several awards: the Special Prize at the Excelsior TEEN-FEST Theatre Festival (2015), the Special Prize Pour la Jeunesse – at the International Festival of Studio Performances, Piteşti (2012) and so on.

Currently, Iulia plays in 12 performances of the “Marin Sorescu” National Theater Craiova.

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