about the Director
Jaouad Essounani is a director, playwright and artistic director native of Sefrou in Morocco.
Jaouad is a founder of “DABATEATR”, of DABATEK and founding member of Cirque Chemsy for which he created and accompanied the first contemporary circus in Morocco. He is also an active member and initiator of numerous cultural actions in Morocco and around the world.
Winner of several awards and scholarships, Jaouad Essounani collaborates with several stages and institutions such as the Royal Court Theater (United Kingdom), Sundance Institute (United States of America), Al Mawred Al Thaqafy (Lebanon), the National Theater of Scotland (Scotland), the Heimathaffen (Germany), nomadic equations (Mali) and many others.
He currently lives in Morocco, France and the United States of America.
about the actor
Ștefan Cepoi graduated from the Hyperion Arte University-Bucharest, class Prof. Eusebiu Stefanescu and Rodica Mandache, in 2000, and, since 2007, he has been an actor at the “Marin Sorescu” National Theatre in Craiova.
In 2001 he was awarded the Prize for male performance within the Hyperion International Festival and then the director Andrea Battistini invited him in Italy, at his Compagnia Teatro Di Castalia, one of the most important theatre company of the moment, where Stefan was assistant director for the project Cassandra by Christa Wolf. In Turin he dealt with theatre socio-therapy for the first time.
One yea later he came back to Romania and joined the first theatre company in Targoviste, managed by MC Ranin. He worked for four years with “Tony Bulandra” Theatre and, at a very fast pace, he was cast in 13 premieres during one year only.
He joined the company of the “Marin Sorescu” National Theatre in Craiova in 2007, and, in the current season he is performing in 12 productions.
His most recent roles are in the performances: Where Is My soul? after Marin Sorescu, directed by Norbert Boda (2020), Inimă și alte preparate din carne by Dan Coman, directed by Radu Afrim (2020), Outfitul Șearpelui by Marius Aldea, a performance by Andrea Gavriliu (2020), Talk Radio by Eric Bogosian, directed by Bobi Pricop (2019), Good News. Final! by Davide Carnevali, directed by Alexandru Dabija (2019).
I make theatre for myself, which is extraordinary from my point of view. Theatre is another medium within which my own self and my soul evolve, transforms, and learns. This is my stake regarding theatre. I am not making theatre for glory, for prizes or for fame. Selfish but genuine!