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Matei Rotaru | actor



10 April 1984, Iași

- Faculty of Theatre and Television, "Babeş-Bolyai" University, Cluj Napoca, class of 2008, Professor Miklós Bács, assistants Irina Wintze, Camelia Curuțiu and Ionuț Caras;
- Faculty of Philosophy "Al. I. Cuza" University, Iași.

Professional background:

Actor of the Teatrului Național in Cluj since 2012;
Piatra-Neamț Theatre for the Young (2008-2011).

Prizes received:

- Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role: Cristian Rigman for the role of Jakub Kac (1919-1941), Radu Lărgeanu for the role of Rysiek (1919-1942)Miron Maxim for the role of Menachem (1919-1975)Cătălin Herlo for the role of Zygmunt (1918-1977)Ovidiu Crișan for the role of Heniek (1919-2001)Matei Rotaru for the role of Władek (1919-2001)Ionuț Caras for the role of Abram (1920-2003) in the production Our Class by Tadeusz Słobodzianek, director: Bocsárdi László, at the Cluj-Napoca National Theatre Awards Gala, 2016;

Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role at Cluj-Napoca National Theatre, in the 2013-2014 theatre season, ex aequo, for the role of AA in THE EMIGRANTS by Sławomir Mrożek, director Tudor Lucanu, at the Cluj-Napoca National Theatre Awards Gala, 2015;

- Award for best young actor offered by the "Ion Săsăran" Cultural Association, for the role of Helm from HERR PAUL by Tankred Dorst, at the "Workshop" International Theatre Festival, Baia-Mare, 2010;
- "Sică Alexandrescu" Award of the Jury and Award of the Audience, for his role YOU ARE AN ANIMAL, VISKOVITZ by Alessandro Boffa, at The HOP Young Actor’s Gala "HOP" Mangalia, 2008;
- Nominated for Best Actor, Acting section, for the leading role in HAMLET, by William Shakespeare, at the "I pleed for the Young" Theatre Festival, Piatra-Neamț, 2008.

Workshops attended:

- Actor in the "Andrei Serban" Itinerant Academy, Horezu and New York  2009;

- Workshop led by George Baal, Artaud’s Theatre of Cruelty, "Babeş-Bolyai" University;

- Workshop led by Robert Cohen, Who is Shakespeare?, "Babeş-Bolyai" University;

- Workshop led by Andrei Serban, Master Class, Cluj-Napoca National Theatre;

- Workshop led by David Zinder, Concentration techniques, "Babeş-Bolyai" University;

- Workshop led by Liviu Matei, pantomime, "Babeş-Bolyai" University;

- Workshop led by Janet Rogers, Voice and speech, "Babeş-Bolyai" University;

- Workshop led by Vava Stefanescu, Stage movement and dance, "Babeş-Bolyai" University;

- Workshop led by Andrew Reilly, Actor Marketing, "Babeş-Bolyai" University;

- Workshop led by Iosif Hertea, Percution and Instrumental Theatre, "Babeş-Bolyai" University;

- Workshop led by Peter Habala, Fencing and Stage Fights, "Babeş-Bolyai" University.



Activity at the National Theatre


Other activities

Roles at the Youth Theatre Piatra Neamţ:

- Bebe in TRUTH GAME by Lia Bugnar, director Ştefan Iordănescu (2011);

- Characters in ATTEMPTS ON HER LIFE by Martin Crimp, director Ştefan Iordănescu (2011);

- Traveller in CLAUNADUS DABADAUS'S COUNTRY by Loredana Grigoriu, children's performance, collective directing (2011);

- Mircea in I LOVE YOU I KILL YOU by Sorin Oros, director Tudor Tăbăcaru (2011);

- Villager in YERMA by Federico Garcia Lorca, director Làszlo Beres, choreography Lorant Andràs (2011);

- Vic in the musical ROMANIA 21 by Peca Ştefan, director Pia Furtado, choreography Andrea Gavriliu (2010);

- Helm in HERR PAUL by Tankred Dorst, director Radu Afrim (2009);

- Hans in THE NAKED KING by Evghenii Svart, director Cristian Pepino (2009);

- Martin in REFERENCES TO SALVADOR DALI MAKE ME HOT by Josse Rivera, director Miruna Dinu (2008).


Other collaborations:

- Member of the Just push play Improvisation Theatre Company;

- Ştefan Valeriu in HOLIDAY GAME, based on Mihail Sebastian's plat, director Radu Afrim, Baia Mare Municipal Theatre Municipal (2008);

- Philcomasia in MILES GLORIOSUS by Plautus, director Mona Chirila, Cluj-Napoca National Theatre (2007);

- The Other in ALL INCLUSIVE by Ioan Peter, director Cristian Nedea, Impossible Theatre Cluj (2006);

- Figuration in KING LEAR by William Shakespeare, director Tompa Gabor, Cluj-Napoca National Theatre (2006);

- Figuration in SLEEPING BEAUTY, director and choreography Marc Bogarts, Cluj-Napoca National Theatre (2005).


Film roles:

- Buyer in DISPOSABLE, short film. Directed by Alex Gherman (2007). 


Student roles:

- Stepan Trofimovich in DEMONS, based on F.M. Dostoyevsky;

- Pantalone in VENETIAN LOVE, Commedia dell'Arte script;

- Hamlet in HAMLET by William Shakespeare;

- Jørgen Tesman in HEDDA GABLER by Henrik Ibsen;

- Borkin in IVANOV by A.P. Chekov;

- The second gentleman in POLITE EXCHANGES and Durant in SCENE IN FOUR in the performance HER, based on short texts by Eugene Ionesco;

- The Professor in the musical WEST SIDE STORY by Leonard Bernstein.