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Ionuț Caras | actor


 

Biography

Born:
12 February 1981, Iaşi

Studies:

- MA in "Philosophy of Culture and Performance Arts" Faculty of Theatre and Television, "Babeş-Bolyai" University, Cluj-Napoca (2005)

- Faculty of Theatre and Television, "Babeş- Bolyai" University, Cluj-Napoca, BA in Acting, Professor  Miklós Bács, class of 2004.

 


Professional background:

- Actor of the Cluj-Napoca National Theatre since 2004.

- Lecturer, PhD student, at the Faculty of Theatre and Television, "Babeş - Bolyai" University of Cluj. 



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 Supporting Role at Cluj-Napoca National Theatre, in the 2014-2015 theatre season, for the role of Friar Tibergiu in UbuZdup! based on Alfred Jarry, director Tompa Gabor
 at the Cluj-Napoca National Theatre Awards Gala, 2015.
- Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in the roles of „The Dragon" and „Old Woman Anica", in Sânziana and Pepelea at the Romanian Comedy Festival from Bucharest, 2014.

- Nominated for the Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, for the role of Gurevici, from WALPURGISNACHT or STEPS OF THE COMMODORE by Venedikt Erofeev, at the UNITER Gala, April 2010;
- Award for Best Actor, for the role of Gurevici, from WALPURGISNACHT or STEPS OF THE COMMODORE by Venedikt Erofeev, at the Festival of Contemporary Playwriting, Braşov, ediţia a XXI-a, 2009;
- "Euphorion"  Award for young  creators for his accomplishments in the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007, theatre seasons, awarded by the Cluj-Napoca National Theatre, 2007;
- "Timică" Award for Excellency in art, offered by the Master Class Association for the role of Pretextat Tach - The HOP Young Actor’s Gala, Mangalia (2005);

- Award for Excellency, offered by Lions Club and Rotary Club as recognition of outstanding merits in the arts. 

 


Workshops attended:

- Theatre workshop "Inspiration and revitalization of acting competencies" by Radu Penciulescu and Florin Fieroiu, organized by The Ipoteşti Memorial- „Mihai Eminescu" National Study Center, "I.L.Caragiale" National Theatre Bucureşti, "Ion Sava" Theatre Creation and Research Center, (Ipoteşti,11-23 august 2008)

- Stage movement workshop by Valentina de Piante, "The Memory of the Body " (2008)
- Participation to the "Andrei Şerban"Itinerant Academy, at Plopi (2007) and at La MaMa Theatre in New-York, project supported by the Romanian Cultural Centre in New York and finished with the creation of the productions Spovedania / Deadly Confession, based on Spovedanie la Tanacu by Tatiana Niculescu Bran, at La MaMa Theatre, and Spovedanie la Tanacu at "Odeon" Theatre in Bucharest (2008);
- Workshop by the French company ETXEA, during Man.In.Fest International Theatre Festival, Cluj (2007);
- Workshop "Does the power authorize?" by Radu Penciulescu at the National Theatre in Bucharest (2007);

 - Workshop by Andrei Şerban, Cluj-Napoca National Theatre (2005);

- Movement workshop by Vava Ştefănescu, Faculty of Theatre and Television, Cluj (2005);

- Workshop by Christian Benedetti, Faculty of Theatre, Cluj (2002);

- Movement workshop by Vava Ştefanescu, Tranzit Foundation, Cluj (2002);

- Commedia dell’ Arte Workshop by Cătălina Buzoianu, Faculty of Theatre, Cluj (2000).

 


Foreign languages:
English, French.

 

Activity at the National Theatre



  • EX/CENTRIC collective dramatic exercise

    (2014) - concept
 

Other activities

Theatre roles:

The Bishop, The Journalist, The Mental Patient - DEADLY CONFESSION, based on Tatiana Niculescu Bran, director Andrei Serban - co-production of the Romanian Cultural Institute and Odeon Theatre (2008)

El duende - MARIA DE BUENOS AIRES, tango operita by Astor Piazzola, director Mihaela Bogdan, Cluj National Opera (2008)

Prétextat Tach - HYGENE AND THE ASSASIN by Amelie Nothomb, director Diana Aldea (2006)
The Story Teller, Madame Butterfly - VENUS IS I, director Aristiţa Albăcan, The Impossible Theatre Cluj (2004)
Kurt - FIREFACE by Marius von Mayenburg, director Cristian Nedea, The Impossible Theatre Cluj (2004)

 

The angel - LA VALSE DU HASARD by Victor Haim, director Cristian Nede, The Impossible Theatre Cluj (2004)



Film roles: 
WHY ME?, director Tudor Giurgiu;

PORTRAIT OF THE FIGHTER AS A YOUNG MAN, director Constantin Popescu;

Laci - TV HACKER (TV series), director Alexandra Gulea, Stere Gulea
 



Roles in student productions:

The Blind Man, Marat - BUT MOM, IN THE SECOND ACT THEY TELL US WHAT HAPPENED IN THE FIRST ONEby Matei Vişniec

(Spectacol de licenţă)

Fluierici - TONIGHT WE IMPROVISE by L. Pirandello

Ivan Mihailovici Iat - THE WEDDING by A.P. Checkhov

Richard III - RICHARD III by W. Shakespeare

 



Festival participations:

- Karlsruhe - Germany - "Mythos Europa"International Theatre Festival, The Cultural Festival The Saturdays of Zsámbék and Summer Theatre - Hungary, "I.L. Caragiale" National Theatre Festival, Bucharest, The International Theatre Festival of Sibiu ediţia a IX-a, Craiova Shakespeare Festival 5th edition, The Festival of Contemporary Playwriting, 15th edition, Braşov (with the performance HAMLET by W. Shakespeare, director Vlad Mugur)

- "I.L. Caragiale" National Theatre Festival, Bucharest, Festival of Romanian Comedy, Bucharest, 3rd edition (with the production A PARIS ATTIC OVERLOOKING DEATH by Matei Vişniec, director Radu Afrim

- "Elvira Godeanu" Days, Tîrgu Jiu, "Arad-Fun" Festival of Cameral Theatre and Underground "Arad-Fun", Arad (with the production ALL INCLUSIVE by Ioan Peter, director Cristian Nedea)

- The International Theatre Festival of Sibiu (with the production THE BANQUET OR THE WAY TO MOMFA, spectacol based on poems by Ioan Pop and Ion Mureşan, director Mihai Măniuţiu).
 



Teaching activity:
- Assistant at the Faculty of Theatre and Television, "Babeş-Bolyai" University, Cluj-Napoca

- Master class Coordinator - Theatre du Globule, Lyon, France, with the support of the French Cultural Centre Cluj, 2005.