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The Grotowski Institute Reading Room

Our Reading Room will be open as usual, Monday to Friday, 10am–2pm.

Access to all materials is by prior arrangement. Please contact us at


On October 21, 2009, in Wroclaw, we have opened the Grotowski Institute Reading Room, which provides the public with access to the Institute’s extensive archival collections, including:

  • texts by Jerzy Grotowski (edited by Prof. Zbigniew Osinski, Tadeusz Burzynski and others) and the essential canon of literature about Jerzy Grotowski in Polish, English, Italian and French, including unpublished texts
  • films related to Jerzy Grotowski and the Laboratory Theater
  • a wide array of literature about theater anthropology (related, among other things, to sessions of Eugenio Barba’s International School of Theater Anthropology), Odin Teatret, and Oriental theater (in Polish and other languages)
  • a unique collection of archival material from Krakow’s Cricoteka: recordings of Tadeusz Kantor’s Cricot 2 performances, documents, books and reviews
  • a collection of Polish theater magazines, including “Notatnik Teatralny”; “Scena”; “Teatr”; and “Didaskalia”, and a selection of foreign magazines
  • newspaper clippings regarding activities of the Grotowski Center and the Grotowski Institute, archival posters and theater programs.

The Reading Room collections can be accessed on the premises. The Reading Room is equipped with computer workstations with Internet access that enable readers to view audiovisual materials. There are also film screenings for organized groups as part of Theater Cinema. 

Researchers who submit a letter of reference issued by their college, or by other institution, will be able to access the Institute’s Archives special collections.