about the Director
Anu Saari is a finnish stage director. She graduated from the Finnish Theaterschool for Directing and Dramaturgi in Helsinki. Saari has been resident stage director in Berlin in „Theater der Freundschaft“, Theaterdirector in Oulu City theater (Finland), and member of artistic direction in Volkstheater Rostock and Staatstheater Cottbus (Germany).
She has staged productions in several citytheaters in Finland, Sweden and Germany, and
held guest professorships in Theater Akademies in Helsinki, Berlin(Ernst Busch) and Malmö.
She has made several Produktions for the Finnish TV, and translated Plays from and to swedish,finnish and german language.
Saari has received State Art Grant in Finnland for 1974 and 2007-2009
about the actor
Alina Mangra graduated from the Arts Department, University of Craiova in 2003 and, a decade later, she obtained her Ph.D. in Theatre from the National University of Theatre and Film U.N.A.T.C Bucharest for her thesis On the Limit Situation in Contemporary Actor’s Performance.
From 2003 to 2013, she worked at the ”Anton Pann” Theatre in Râmnicu Vâlcea and then, until 2017, Alina combined her artistic activity at the „Anton Pann” Theatre and the „Marin Sorescu” National Theatre in Craiova with different international projects, working as a guest teacher in France, a participant within conferences and workshops in Europe, and a trainer within the AUF Festival (L’Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie).
As a member of the Craiova National Theatre’s artistic team since 2017, Alina Mangra has been shortly included in the cast of the current season’s productions, thus securing her position on the posters of many performances in the theatre’s current repertory.
The actress Alina Mangra’s talent, perseverance and vivacity have created the premises of her collaboration with both Romanian and international reputed directors as well as with young emerging directors.
In the current season, Alina Mangra can be seen in the performances of Gaițele – directed by Alexandru Boureanu, In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play – directed by Dragoș Alexandru Mușoiu, Monstrul nisipurilor – directed by Irina Crăiță-Mândră, Bătrânul și eutanasierul – directed by Vlad Drăgulescu, Ajax. An Essay on Dementia – directed by Mihai Mănuțiu, Ciuf și Ciuf în spațiu – directed by Vlad Drăgulescu, Operațiunea Marte – directed by Dragoș Alexandru Mușoiu, Vești bune. Final – directed by Alexandru Dabija, Talk Radio – directed by Bobi Pricop, Where Is My Soul? – directed by Norbert Boda.
Alina Mangra states about herself: I have been practising this job for as long as I can remember. This is what I wanted to be, this is what I am, and I do not know whether I will ever want to do something else. I have worked for important roles but I am interested in jewels, i.e. key roles in a performance, not necessarily main roles. My favourite directors are Alexandru Dabija and Cristi Juncu. The motto that guides me in my job is: To be on stage is a privilege, and we should treat this matter accordingly.