Founder, CEO, and Artistic Director
Hanna Bondarewska is the Artistic Director and Founder of the Ambassador Theater and was recently seen in Lady, a one woman show based on Shakespeare's Macbeth and in They Don't Pay? We Won't Pay! by Dario Fo as Antonia, Smartphones as Maria, Protest as Stankova, Death of Tintagiles as Ygraine and in Summer at Nohant as George Sand. “For Hanna Bondarewska, the path to world peace not only exists, she is walking it — one artistic endeavor at a time.” – 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.
Hanna’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, Helena—the Emigrant Queen; Mother in Sunflowers, Wife in Square Minus One; A Genie Named Khatab; Snow Queen; Anouilh’s Antigone; Gogol’s The Marriage; and Goldoni’s Mirandolina and many others.
Ms. Bondarewska has recently directed Lady, The Trap, Happily Ever After, The Visitor, The Third Breast, The Madman and the Nun, 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. Mrożek’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 Arts Best Director, Best Play Award, 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.
Recent shows: Senex. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; Firs. The Cherry Orchard; Yaveni Aaronsohn No Niggers, No Jews, No Dogs; the mikado The Mikado; staged readings: various older men, Born Guilty Cycle Theater J and Theater Lab; Henry. Trouble in Mind African Continuum Theater.
Ivan Zizek (Stanek) was classically trained in England. During his studies his main focus was on staging Shakespeare and stage combat. He is the Ambassador Theater’s Company Member and was last seen in The Visitor as Mahmud Suliman and as Hasan in The Peephole and as Dr. Bidello in The Madman and the Nun. He has performed in theatres in London, Frankfurt/Germany, the Edinburgh Fringe, the Capitol Fringe, and the Kennedy Center. His most recent performances were at the DC Source Festival, and in Maryland Shakespeare Festival’s Julius Caesar.
John Stange is delighted to be back in the crazy saddle, after a
long hiatus from madness. He has lately been getting his Shakespeare on,
appearing as King Claudius in both Grain of Sand Theatre's award-winning Fringe
offering, Hamlet: Reframed, and The Maryland Renaissance Festival's production
Ray Converse is thrilled to debut at Ambassador Theatre in this production. He enjoys working in stage, film and role playing for professional training. Favorite stage roles include Woodenshoes in The Front Page, the Reverend Brown in Inherit the Wind, and Otto Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank.
Jenny Donovan is excited to be working with Ambassador Theater for the first time! She has recently returned from a year long national tour of A Midsummer Night's Dream (Helena) with the National Players. DC credits include: Witness for the prosecution at Olney Theatre Center (The Other Woman), The Horrors of Online Dating with Molotov Theatre Group (Judy), The Graduate at Keegan Theatre (Elaine Robinson), and Mondo Andronicus with Molotov Theatre Group (Lavinia). University credits include: The Duchess of Malfi (Julia), The Lesson (The Pupil), and The Beggar's Opera (Polly Peachum). Jenny is a proud graduate of The Catholic University of America with her BA in drama.
Mary Suib has been active in DC area theatre for many years in a variety of venues and roles. This past year she appeared in SCENA’s The Importance of Being Earnest, Ambassador Theater's The Death of Tintagiles, the Fringe Festival 2010, Page to Stage, Hope Operas, TV commercial, training videos, improvisational mystery, several readings as actor and director among other projects. Between theatre activities, Mary tutors for FCPS. The support of her family and two loyal terries are important aspects of her life.
James Randle (Assistant Director, Attendant) is a DC-area actor and director, specializing in classical theatre. After studying at American University and the British American Drama Academy, he is delighted to join Ambassador Theatre Company for this groundbreaking piece.
Jen very excited to be a part of her first show at Ambassador! She is a graduate of Rollins College, a small liberal arts school in Winter Park, FL. Upon graduating, Jen spent her first two years out in the “real” world getting jobs within costume shops as an intern, and stitcher in theaters around the country (Flatrock Playhouse, Maples Reparatory Theatre, Negro Ensemble Theatre). Then she decided to settle down back in the town in which she was born, DC. Since doing so, Jen has designed two shows at Synetic Family Theatre ("Cowardly Christopher Finds his Courage" and "The Fool at the Circus"), worked backstage as an ASM and Dresser at Theatre J, and somehow manages to get herself into shows she is costuming or vice versa. Recently, She could have been seen in the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company's version of "Our Town" as the Lady in the Box/Dead Woman #1 or maybe at the DC Fringe festival playing Lamprocles in Socrates the Lover. Visit www.Jen-Bevan.com