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She graduated from the Cracow University Theatre School in Cracow, Poland and came to Canada in 1986. Agata Pilitowska lives in Toronto. She played many English speaking roles in the local theatres, and from 1992 she has been associated with the Salon of Poetry, Music, and Theatre, where she played in more than 100 productions. Most notably, she’s been featured in the series of dramas, written and directed especially for Agata Pilitowska and Maria Nowotarska, by Kazimierz Braun. These plays were performed not only in Toronto, but also in many cities in Canada, the United States, Europe, as well as in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Her evening of poetry, “Szymborska Nobel 96”, was performed in Polish and English, among other places at the Concordia University in Montreal, Washington University in Washington DC, and as part of the International Writers Festival in Ottawa. Since 1999 she’s been a presenter and journalist of the TV OMNI, where she’s host of a weekly programme “Z Ukosa.” For OMNI TV, she dubbed thirty three hourly TV programs “Canada, the Peoples’ History”and twenty programs “Ecce Homo”. She was also a narrator and a host of Polish language version of the series “Science Show.”
Agata Pilitowska was awarded: “Distinguished Advocate of Polish Culture” 2004, the medal “Gloria Artis” (2006) from the Minister of Polish Culture, the Statue “Golden Owls” (2011) for her achievements in acting and theatre in Vienna Austria, and the Golden Cross of Merit ( President of Poland) 2013.
Maria Nowotarska graduated from the Cracow University Theatre School and for thirty three years was a staff actress at the J. Słowacki Theatre in Cracow, Poland. During her career there, she played many significant roles under the direction of several outstanding directors, both in comedy and drama. She played in a number of Polish movies (“Nad Niemnem”, “Mikędzy Ustami a Brzegiem Pucharu” “Kolory Kochania” and in many TV productions. She came to Canada in 1990 and singlehandedly created Polish theatrical life in Toronto. She is the artistic director, director as well as an actress of the Polish Theatre “Salon of Poetry, Music and Theatre”. The Salon’s productions included the array of the best Polish poets, from Kochanowski to Szymborska and Twardowski. Ms. Nowotarska created an Actors’ Studio which is associated with the Salon and which introduces young people of Polish origin to the work on stage.
Ms. Nowotarska’ Salon was honoured with the Medal of Polish Senate, and medal “Cracow 2000” She herself was awarded the Prize of The Adam Mickiewicz Foundation in Canada, and The Turzański Foundation. She was also given the title “The Woman of the Year” (1995) and received the golden medal of the Canadian Polish Congress. She was awarded the medal “Cross of Merit”by the President of the Polish Republic, given the title “Distinguished Advocate of Polish Culture”, and the medal “Gloria Artis” given by the minister of Polish Culture. She was awarded a gold medal by the American Polish Institute in Miami, Florida and a statue “Golden Owls” in Vienna, Austria.