Everyone can act

Perhaps my plans go too far into the future, but I would like to create a series of several theater-related articles. Today’s text will be just an introduction, encouragement, and a short story from my life. In the next ones, I will try to make use of various articles, publications and the results of the experiments carried out.


The world of the theater can fool you and draw you in. When I was a child, I was enchanted by a world close to the theater: the world of comedy show. When, as a six-year-old girl, I saw the Polish comedy show group “Potem” for the first time on TV, I couldn’t get over it. I remember they performed in a popular place in “Rotunda” in Cracow.

A few years later I knew most of the lines of the most popular Polish comedy show groups. However, I was always accompanied by the thought that what is happening on stage, on television, is space, it is a place I cannot access. They’re two worlds that have no right to meet. That’s why I did almost nothing so that these two worlds could meet each other. I spent evenings in the theater, watched comedy show performances, learned lyrics by heart and nothing more. I didn’t believe I could be on the other side.

After many years, I spontaneously signed up for the Polish Academy of Cabaret – workshops with actors, singers, and cabaret artists. I could talk to them! They really existed. They were not just a theatrical or television creation.

And after many months of learning, one of my biggest childhood dreams came true! I performed in Rotunda, in the same place where my child idols performed!

In those days I also met improv (theater improvisation) and the work of one of the most famous of its representatives – Viola Spolin. She is the author of words which give hope:

Everyone can act. Everyone can improvise. Anyone who wishes to can play in the theater and learn to become stage-worthy.

According to these words you can do almost whatever you want. If you want to act just do that. If you want to know more about theater and cultural activities check Teatro Metaphora’s facebook page. I urge you to try. Life is too short for just waiting. And remember: everyone can act.


Stella Kołodziejczak
Volunteer at Teatro Metaphora – Associação de Amigos das Artes
European Solidarity Corps  
To know more: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity_en

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