about the Director
Mamadou Seyba Traoré
Mamadou Seyba Traoré is a director, writer and poet.
Born in Dakar on July 2, 1949, Mamadou Seyba Traoré studied at the University of Dakar, at the National Institute of Arts of Senegal (current National School of Arts of Senegal) and at the Superior Institute of Arts of Spectacle of Brussels.
He has to his credit several creations by Senegalese, African and diaspora playwrights, especially Aimé Césaire (Une Saison au Congo) and Maryse Condé (Mort d´Oluwemi d´Ajumako).
Mamadou Seyba Traoré is a founding member of the Troupe Le Nouveau Toucan, an award-winning troupe at the Premier Festival de la Francophonie in Nice. He is also Former General Secretary of the Daniel Sorano National Theatre, former Director of the Senegal National Orchestra.
Mamadou Seyba Traoré is a temporary professor at the National School of Arts of Senegal.
Bibliography: Les p’tits gars de l’école du chemin des avens (Roman Ed Maguilen, Dakar 2010); D’ors et de plomb (poésie, Editions Maguilen, Dakar 2017); Banlieue Blues, (folkrap) (poésie, Ruba Editions, Dakar 2O18); Gorée l’ultime retour (poésie, abis éditions, Dakar, 2020).
about the actor
Vlad Udrescu has graduated both acting courses (2008) and the master degree in acting (2010) at the „I.L. Caragiale” National University of Theatre and Film, Bucharest. In 2015, he joined the artistic team of the Craiova National Theatre. Vlad has gained the public’s attention due to his talent and art devotion by playing a considerable diversity of roles. His characters are either strong and dominant or insecure and introverted and Vlad pays attention to each and every detail to capture the exact feature is required. Very often, the directors have offered him substantial roles which he performed magnificently.
In Craiova, Vlad Udrescu played various roles as Marc Anthony in Iulius Caesar by W. Shakespeare, directed by Peter Schneider, Treplev in The Seagull by A.P. Chekhov, directed by Yannis Paraskeveopolous, First Man in Ilussions by Ivan Vyrypaev and Adrian in The Author by Tim Crouch, directed by Bobi Pricop, Leo in The Vibrator Play by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Dragoș Alexandru Mușoiu, Kent in Radio by Eric Bogosian, directed also by Bobi Pricop, Dominik in Bang by Marius von Mayenburg, directed by Theodor Cristian Popescu etc.
He made his debut at the Comedy Theatre in Bucharest in 2008 and before coming to Craiova he played roles in both classical and contemporary theatre plays produced by Nottara Theater, I.L. Caragiale National Theater, Teatrul Luni – Green Hours, LaScena, Teatrul Foarte Mic etc.
Vlad is also involved in film acting, cultural workshops and seminars, management of cultural projects.
For his talent, passion and dedication, Vlad Udrescu has often been awarded in festivals and contests and he received, in 2006, from the French Embassy in Romania a scholarship in Corsica where he played, in French Language, from Seneca and Dario Fo.