Founder, CEO, and Artistic Director
Hanna Bondarewska is the Artistic Director and Founder of the Ambassador Theater and was recently seen inÂ Lady, a one woman show based on Shakespeare'sÂ Macbeth and inÂ They Don't Pay? We Won't Pay!Â by Dario Fo as Antonia,Â SmartphonesÂ as Maria,Â Protest as Stankova,Â Death of Tintagiles as Ygraine and in Summer at Nohant as George Sand. â€œFor Hanna Bondarewska, the path to world peace not only exists, she is walking it â€” one artistic endeavor at a time.â€ â€“ The Washington Diplomat.
Hanna Bondarewska is a native of Warsaw, Poland and was trained in the Polish and American schools of drama. She founded the Ambassador Theater because she believes in the power of theater to change the world for the better through collaboration and artistry. By bringing together theater and diplomacy she hopes to give us all a new perspective as global citizens, which will lead to deeper cultural understanding.
In June 2008, Hanna organized a life-changing trip to Poland for students from D.C. Public Schools as part of an educational program about Poland. The program was done in collaboration with Mrs. Hanna Reiter, wife of the former Ambassador of Poland to USA, the Embassy of Poland, Embassy Adoption Program, D.C. Public Schools and WPAS. She worked with over 60 students, teaching them about Poland, its history, culture, and traditions through theater designed to help them better retain learnt material, improve their reading comprehension, posture, and speaking skills, increase their imagination, and energize their drive for life.
The program developed into a performance, "Poland the Beautiful, an Imaginary ." Students performed the piece at their schools and at the Embassy of Poland, and then took it on the road for the First Lady of Poland, Mrs. Maria Kaczynska, at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw and in many other places around Poland last June.
Hannaâ€™s acting credits are extensive and include the role of Antonia in They Don't Pay? We Won't Pay! by Dario Fo, George Sand in Summer at Nohant, Young Helena Modjeska in Farewell to Arden, Helenaâ€”the Emigrant Queen; Mother in Sunflowers, Wife in Square Minus One; A Genie Named Khatab; Snow Queen; Anouilhâ€™s Antigone; Gogolâ€™s The Marriage; and Goldoniâ€™s Mirandolina and many others.
Ms. Bondarewska has recently directed Lady, The Trap, Happily Ever After, The Visitor,Â The Third Breast, The Madman and the Nun,Â Death of Tintagiles, Miracle of Saint Anthony, Summer at Nohant, Farewell to Arden, Forefathers, and Out at Sea.
Her one-woman show, Lenya Cum Weill, won recognition at the Kennedy Center Performing Arts Festival. Hanna performed at the Washington Shakespeare Theatre, Spectrum Theatre, Classika-Synetic Theatre, The New York Polish Theater, Hippodrome State Theatre, and Acrosstown Theater in Florida, where she also directed The Tao of Pooh, based on the book by B. Hoffman, and S. MroÅ¼ekâ€™s Tango. Her Polish theater credits are extensive and include work in Warsaw, Bialystok, Olsztyn, Torun, Katowice, and Wroclaw with many luminaries of the Polish stage.
Hanna received her Master of Fine Arts in Classical Acting at the Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University and Shakespeare Theatre. She graduated magna cum laude from the Mount Vernon College of The George Washington University and also earned her Acting Diploma in Poland. For over 15 years she served as Executive Director of the Institute for Education and Membership Chairman of the ABC XXI Child Awareness Program for Poland, which supports the emotional health and rights of children and adolescents through reading programs, awareness, education, and action.
Recently, her one-woman show of Lady was invited to perform at several international theater festivals around the world.
Ms. Bondarewska has received various honors, including 2015 and 2014 DC Metro Theater Â ArtsÂ Best Director, Best Play Award,Â 2013 Helen Hayes Canadian Partnership Award, the St. Cyril and Methodius Award of excellence in promoting the Bulgarian Culture, Julia Heflin Performing Arts Award, recognition by Who's Who Among Students in American Universities, identification as a National Dean's List Scholar, and others.
ATICC Board Member, Resident Director
Lilia Slavova is Audience Choice Award winner for directing â€œThe Snow Queenâ€ and the recipient of the St. Cyril and St. Methodius Award for the artistic achievements and promoting the Bulgarian culture. She received her MFA Degree in Dramatic arts from the renowned Higher Institute of Dramatic arts in Sofia, Bulgaria. She has over 30 years of acting, directing, choreography and teaching experience in Europe and the United States. She has been directing puppet shows for the last 12 years with Classika, now Synetic theatre and has also been Director of the studio and Director of education. Among many of the successful shows she directed are: The Nutcracker, Wondrous White Winter, Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood, The Story of a Lost Sock and others. A Member of all the unions she has been acting but mostly enjoying what she loves the MOST-Teaching. A well-recognized acting coach and talent scout Mrs. Slavova is happy to see her students on the screen, Broadway and theaters through the Washington Metro area. Previous directorial contributions with Ambassador Theater include the Little Prince and the original Hopa Tropa, which gained national attention and was featured on Fox News and in the Kids Euro Festival 2009.
Mark Krawczyk has performed in various national and international theatres including Constellation Theatre, Taffety Punk, Theater J, Folger Theatre, Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Imagination Stage; Everyman Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre, and the Tony Award Winning Utah Shakespearean Festival. Internationally Mr. Krawczyk has performed in Edinburgh, Scotland at The Traverse Theatre with the Edinburgh Fringe First Award winning company Highway Diner in their show 15 MINUTES, which he also co-directed and devised with the ensemble. He is also a co-founder of the theatre company Without Gas, which performed at various theatres and festivals in Poland, Slovakia, and England. He performed in commercials and industrial films for various companies and organizations. Mr. Krawczykâ€™s background in academia includes receiving his MFA in Acting from Southern Methodist University, his BS in General Theatre from Towson University, studying abroad in both England and Poland, and teaching classes and workshops at schools, universities, theatres, and festivals around the US and Europe.
Monika Krajewska (mezzo-soprano) is described as an artist who is capable of giving â€œâ€¦full range to the inherent drama of her voiceâ€¦â€ and possessing the â€œâ€¦skills with which to emphasize its luscious, full beauty.â€ Winner of numerous vocal competitions, including; Giuseppe Verdi Prize at Palm Beach Opera Competition, MacAllister Award, Sembrich Kochanska Vocal Competition of New York, National Teachers Association Competition, Rosa Ponselle International Vocal Competition, and Amici Competition, Ms. Krajewska appeared with opera companies and orchestras in Europe and the US. She has appeared at the most prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall in New York and Weimer Concert Hall, Germany. Opera credits include: Carmen, Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Cenerentola, Charlotte (Werther), Marina Boris (Godunov), Olga (Eugenie Onegin), Dorabella (Cosi Fan Tutte), Judith (Bluebardâ€™s Castle), Lola (Cavalleria Rusticana), Albine (Thais), Nicklausse (Tales of Hoffman). In concert, Ms. Krajewska has sung the alto solos in the works of Bach, Beethoven, Handel, Mozart, Rossini, Schubert, and Verdi. As an exponent of Slavic music, she performed recitals of the works of Chopin, Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Paderewski, and Szymanowski, among others. Besides her operatic repertoire, Ms. Krajewska has enjoyed performing music of many genres, including Yiddish Songs, Neapolitan Songs, Tangos, Gypsy Songs, and Cabaret Music. She is a co-founder of Alla Breve Opera & Consort and recently â€œCantilena Choirâ€. She has released CD recordings of â€œRussian Romances and Encoresâ€ and also â€œFavorites Arias and Songsâ€. Ms. Krajewska holds Master of Music degree from Yale University and the Bachelor Degree from the University of Connecticut. Prior to coming to the US, she studied acting (Stanislavsky School) and singing at the The Paderevsky Academy, Poznan where she was featured in Ionescoâ€™s play, The Lesson.
Natasha Ulyanovsky (pianist, organist and conductor) is a graduate of the Odessa Conservatory, of the former U.S.S.R., with further music studies at the Moscow Conservatory, at Speyer Cathedral, Germany and at The Queen's College, Oxford. Before emigrating from the U.S.S.R. in 1989 Ms. Ulyanovsky was an orchestra artist and vocal coach at Odessa Opera House, concert pianist and organist with Moscow Soyuzconcert the state concert management for professional musicians. In 1980 Mrs. Ulyanovsky became a chief organist at Pitsunda Hall of the Abkhazian Republic, where she earned a title of Honored Artist in1988. Mrs. Ulyanovsky also concertized in Hungary, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Lithuania, and throughout New England. In 2004 she appeared in the program Two Nations-One Love at Carnegie Hall, NY. She is the co-founder of Alla Breve Opera & Consort company. Since 1999 she is has held the position of Music Director at Beth Israel Congregation of West Hartford, CT and has been on the faculty of Hartt School since 2002.She has been honored in 2011 by the Connecticut Immigrant and Refugee Coalition for outstanding contributions to the community.
Stephen Shetler (Associate Artistic Director and Technical Director) studied acting at The Catholic University of America and at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Mr. Shetler has performed more than 60 roles in the past 20 years. He spent five years as resident company actor and associate director at Classika Theatre before joining Ambassador Theater. He has directed at Classika Theatre, Synetic Theater, Northern Virginia Community College. Recently he directed Dyskolos by Menander.