BUCHAREST, ROMANIAMAY 9 – 13, 2022
After graduating from the Faculty of Theater at the “George Enescu” University of Iași (2008) and finishing the MA in Acting (2010), Ana-Maria Ursu gained experience as an actress on the institutionalized and independent stages, and also in various improvisational theater projects, forum theater and independent film.
She has directed independent theater performances, coordinated acting workshops and is passionate about cultural journalism. In her free time she experiments with forms of contemporary dance.
She is the president of the Solidart Association and co-founder of Basca Theater, in Timișoara.
She will present Basca Theater and their activity with a focus on the project “Teatrul accesibil tuturor” (trans.: Theater Accessible for Everyone), and will teach theatrical exercises designed for people with sight impairment.
Cartea Călătoare Foundation (trans.: The Traveling Book) was founded on November 26, 1996. The foundation’s mission is to facilitate access to information, education and culture for visually impaired people in Romania.
The motto that governs the activity of the organization: The only light you can give to a blind person is that of knowledge!
*Courses on the use of computers and digital assistive devices.
*Making fiction books, textbooks, course material and specialty books accessible to blind pupils and students, in various formats: braille, Daisy text / audio.
*Making plays and feature films or documentaries accessible to blind people;
* Making musical methods and scores accessible to the blind.
Mircea Bucur, the President of the Foundation, is 64 years old and went blind at the age of 20. He graduated from the “Al. I. Cuza” Faculty of Mathematics in Iași, and worked for 20 years as a programmer.
In 1996, he founded the Cartea Călătoare Foundation and, for almost 26 years, has been offering a wide range of services to visually impaired people in Romania.
Mircea Bucur will present Cartea Călătoare Foundation and their activity spanning over 25 years. He will also teach best practices in describing the set, the costumes and action for a theater play audio description, and share tips and tricks for maximum usage of dialogue pauses. He will also talk about the necessary technical equipment for audio description in theater and present examples from the play “Fluturii sunt liberi” (trans.: The butterflies are free), produced by Excelsior Theater, in Bucharest.
Radu Apostol (born in Bucharest, in 1977) is a theater director, vice-rector for Research and Innovation and a Ph.D. Lecturer at ”I.L. Caragiale” National University of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography in Bucharest, Romania. He is one of the four co-founders of Replika Center for Educational Theatre, and winner of UNITER Debut Award and Opera Prima Award offered by the Ministry of Culture in 2002 for directing At Home – a community-based theater show involving 10 street children and 2 professional actors. Radu was a CEC ArtsLink fellow in 2005 with an artistic residency at The Cornerstone Theatre Company, Los Angeles, and co-founder of dramAcum collective. He staged community-based theater shows, educational theater performances and contemporary Romanian plays.
Radu will lead sensorial theater workshops, teaching the participants exercises meant to develop awareness using the other 4 senses. He will also guide the Theater Laboratory, where the participants will explore staging options for a play written by Romanian participant, Anca Munteanu.
Mihaela Michailov is an internationally acclaimed playwright, theater critic, and co-founder of Replika Center for Educational Theatre. She is a PhD. Lecturer at “I.L. Caragiale” National University of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography in Bucharest, where she teaches playwriting.
Throughout her career, she has created multiple educational theater programs and has coordinated theater workshops for youth and elderly people.
Her plays have been translated in Bulgarian, English, French, German, Italian, Hungarian, Spanish, and are focused on relevant topics for youth: bullying, closed-off educational systems, children living on their own because their parents are working abroad, children’s rights etc. Her play “Bad Kids”, which has been performed for over 10 years, was presented as a stage reading at the Avignon Theater Festival in 2014. It was also staged in Bulgaria, France, Germany. It was published in 2016 by Solitaires Intempestifs Publishing House.
Mihaela will present Cultural interventions in educational spaces projects of Replika Center for Educational Theater and will also teach creative writing tips meant to develop awareness using the other 4 senses. She will also guide the Theater Laboratory, where the participants will explore staging options for a play written by Romanian participant, Anca Munteanu.
Anca Munteanu is a Romanian actress, playwright, a feminist, educator, co-founder of the non-hierarchical educational center for children “Flori, fete și băieți” (trans.: Flowers, girls and boys) and co-founder of Rhea Collective.
She has a BA and MA in Acting from “I.L. Caragiale” National University of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography in Bucharest, and is currently studying for her second MA in Playwrighting at the same university.
She is interested in political theatre and theatre as a tool to empower and raise awareness on issues women deal with, such as eating disorders, cat-calling, double standards etc. As a trainer and educator, she likes to use elements of Forum Theatre. She also likes to explore new forms of performative arts, such as stand-up comedy, labyrinth theatre, poetry, and integrating new media and other tools in order to make art accessible to everyone, regardless of their background, social status, or abilities.
Cătălina Corbu is 23 years old and is studying for her MA in Theatre Pedagogy at “I.L. Caragiale” National University of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography in Bucharest, from where she also received her BA in Acting.
Since her first year of undergraduate studies, she has been using theatrical instruments for the development and education of young people, which is why she decided to continue her studies.
Cătălina has been teaching drama to children and adolescents for 5 years. Children fascinate her, and her work is inspired by their joy and playful way of being. She believes children are the essence of humanity, the raw form of nature before reaching maturity. Cătălina uses drama games as her main tool for teaching drama to children and adults, and her wish is that theatrical art can be a source of joy for everybody, regardless of age, social status or background, because it has the power of changing people’s lives.
Raluca Cîrciumaru is a recent graduate of the BA in Theatre Studies (Theatrical Journalism & Cultural Management) at “I.L. Caragiale” National University of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography in Bucharest.
With a thesis on political theater based on the works of Erwin Piscator, Bertolt Brecht and Augusto Boal, she has taken an interest in political performance and art accessibility in all forms. Currently, she features as a journalist for a popular cultural blog on theatre and performing arts.
Carla Mihai (28 years old) is an actress who is currently studying for her MA in Theatre Pedadogy at “I.L. Caragiale” National University of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography in Bucharest, from where she also received her BA and MA in Acting in 2016 and 2018.
At the moment, Carla is active on the independent theater scene in Bucharest as a performer (at În Culise and Dell’Anima theaters). Since 2017, she has been training teenagers, children and students in theatrical play workshops, specifically designed to help them develop their own acting abilities, or other specific skills.
Alexandru-Cristian Lăzărescu is a Romanian actor and theatre educator for non-actors. He studied classical stage acting, receiving his BA from the Department of Arts of University of Craiova in 2020. His graduation project was the theater play for young adults “Bullied” by Yann Verburgh, which prompted him to study the triangle of power dynamics between harassers, victims, and bystanders.
He is currently enrolled in the MA Programme of Theatre Pedagogy at “I.L. Caragiale” National University of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography in Bucharest. Alexandru prefers to work with teenagers and young adults on developing their skills and abilities using classical stage acting techniques. He enjoys finding out-of-the-box uses for the skills acquired as a theater educator. This is the reason why his MA thesis is focused on Career Counseling through Theatrical Means for Young Adults & Teenagers.
The themes of interest for him as an artist are socially rooted, his involvement in the arts being generally related to creating an open dialogue on social issues of any kind, including accessibility to arts for all people.
Subway stop: Tineretului (M2)Bus lines: 73, 76, 116, 313, 381Tram line: 19
In order to take a taxi from the airport to your destination, you need to order one via a Taxi Dispatch machine, like the one on the right. These machines are located in the Arrivals Terminal. Your booked taxi will arrive according to the waiting time on the ticket with the corresponding number on the side of the vehicle. All taxis are yellow and have clear signs of their company name as well as their rates per kilometer.
A trip from the airport to the City Center can reach €15, if traffic is crazy.
There is one bus line operating 24/7 between the airport and the city: 783
Link to bus route: click here
Link to schedule Arrivals (Sosiri) to Unirii 2: click here (in Romanian: Luni-Vineri = Monday-Friday / Sambata-Duminica = Saturday-Sunday) – each page in this pdf shows the schedule for the highlighted stop on the left (i.e. Icsitmua).
Usually takes 40-45 minutes to reach the end of the line, more if there is traffic.
Ticket info can be found below, in the next section.
Operates 24/7 and leaves every 40 minutes.Takes 25 minutes to reach the North Train Station (Gara de Nord).Ticket price: 4 lei (€0.81).To get to the train station, please follow the signs posted around the airport.
InfoTB app available in Google Play – https://tinyurl.com/4vj9er8w
Apple Store – https://tinyurl.com/yckn5jpk
– good for: public transportation lines, map, orientation, real time bus location, itinerary
24Pay app available in Google Play & App Store More info here – https://www.24pay.ro/en/
– good for: paying for bus ticket/multiple tickets if you add your bank card info
If you have a contactless debit card, you can tap to pay your fare while on most buses. Look for this sign on the outside of the bus before getting on:
Universal single ticket price regardless of distance travelled:3 lei (€0.61), valid for 90 minutes from the moment you purchase the ticket, even if you change lines
Other useful fares, valid for all lines, from the moment of purchase:24h pass – 8 lei (€1.62)72h pass – 32 lei (€6.47)
There are also plenty of night bus lines available
MetroRex subway map available here: https://tinyurl.com/2p8d38hx
*does not operate during the night
The lowest fare is for a double (physical) ticket: 6 lei (€1.21)
However, if you have a contactless debit card, you can tap to pay for only one entry for 3 lei (€0.61)
Other useful fares (these are all physical cards that can be purchased at any subway station:
10 trips – 25 lei (€5.06) – can be used by multiple people at the same time
24h pass – 8 lei (€1.62) – only one person can use this pass
72h pass – 20 lei (€4.04) – only one person can use this pass
Taxi fares start from 1.69 lei/km (€0.34), but it depends on the company.
Useful app where you can order a taxi from any company, pay and rate the driver: https://www.startaxi.com/?lang=en
Uber available in Bucharest: https://www.uber.com/global/en/cities/bucharest/
Bolt available in Bucharest: https://bolt.eu/en/cities/bucharest/
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