Adrian Roman is a theatre director who concentrates on the exploration of theatre and drama as a tool of human communication. This permanent search for means of expression and methods of work, mainly in the last years, has taken him beyond the safe artistic confines and led him towards stage works that assumes the risk of taking a distance from comfortable theatre forms and themes and from the entertaining theatre.
He has also assumed for almost 20 years the management and the artistic direction of the Anton Pann Theatre in the town of Ramnicu Valcea. His efforts to convince the local authorities to build a theatre for the company succeeded and in the autumn of 2009 the new theatre building opened for the public (the first new theatre building after 1990). He also formed a team of very young actors/actresses which became known as one of the most excellent and talented theatre groups in the country. The creative team, its invited directors and environment gave way to many remarkable productions that placed the theatre, a company with very limited financial resources, in the line with the most promising theatres in Romania.

     Theatre Director
Adrian Roman has worked as director mainly at the Anton Pann Theatre, as his job there offered him very less freedom of directing in other theatres.
His debut, being still a student, was at The Drama Theatre Galatz with his own stage version of THE NOSE after Gogol. Next, with Plautus' MILES GLORIOSUS at the Anton Pann Theatre as a graduating production, he started to do a long series of plays in Ramnicu Valcea. THE DANCE OF DEATH by Strindberg followed on the same stage. Meeting with English director Jonathan Chadwick, apart from starting a long friendship, gave fruit to a Shakespearean production of AS YOU LIKE IT, with Adrian as assistant director.
During the coming years he directed all sorts of plays at the Anton Pann Theatre to keep it going, one of the reasons being the minuscule budget of the company that prevented him from inviting associate directors to work there. He directed many Romanian and European plays (classical and contemporary) and also Chekhov's THREE SISTERS and Oscar Wilde's THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST.
At The Davila Theatre in Pitesti Adrian directed THE BOURGEOIS GENTLEMAN by Molière and HOW MANY MILES TO BABYLON? by Irish Jennifer Johnston.
Adrian's play FOR SHORT: CARAGIALE, based on texts by the Romanian classic writer Caragiale, premiered in 2012 in Berlin. After taking two years to think on his directorial approach, he made a fresh start with three new British plays: LUNGS and EVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan Macmillan and YEN by Anna Jordan. He ended his stay in Ramnicu Valcea in 2018 directing his version of Ibsen's AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE that was extremely well received by the audiences but annoyed the local authorities.
His theatre productions have been invited to numerous festivals in Romania: International Studio Theatre Festival in Pitesti (8 invitations during these years), International Theatre Festival in Sibiu, Short Theatre Festival in Oradea, French Theatre Festival in Bucharest, Romanian Comedy Plays Festival in Bucharest, New Theatre Festival in Arad and also Skampa Theatre Festival in Albania. Adrian's work was presented at important Romanian theatres like The National in Cluj, The National in Craiova, Royal Theatre Hall Of Romanian Presidential Palace Cotroceni, Knjaževsko-Srpski Teatar, Kragujevac, Serbia, Theater Studio - Schauspielschule Charlottenburg Berlin. His production of LUNGS was invited for the 2017 season with regular performances at the Comedy Theatre, one of the mainstream theatres of Bucharest.
He is a full member of UNITER (The Romanian Professional Theatre Union) since 1998.

     Manager and Artistic Director
Adrian has dedicated a great part of his energy and of his time re-inventing the Anton Pann Theatre company and pushing it to the top of the Romanian theatre landscape. On one hand he managed to build a new house for the company and on the other he created a team of very talented and very young performers coming from the main acting high education universities in Cluj and Bucharest. He then succeeded to invite fellow directors known for their high standard and for enjoying to work with creative young actors/actresses. They were Alexandru Dabija, Cristi Juncu, Vlad Massaci, Tudor Lucanu, Balint Botos.
He managed to make a small company from a rather medium town one of the most respected and praised for its productions. The value of the company's theatre work was validated by 4 invitations to the most important theatre festival in the country The National Theatre Festival (2005, 2008, 2014 and 2016) and 3 nominalizations at the most important theatre prizes The UNITER Gala Prizes (2012, 2013, 2015). Many theatre productions toured the country in festivals and received prizes and praises.
The Anton Pann Theatre was the place where all the best graduates from the schools of acting longed to be. Adrian fought hard to lead a company that was not a comfortable and banal provincial town theatre, but one in time with the best of the theatre in Europe. Work that dealt with important and uncomfortable subjects regarding our lives mainly in very fresh drama texts presented for the first time on a Romanian stage.   

     Script writer and translator
Adrian Roman has extended his work as director with that of script writer and translator. In his search for new and important plays for today's audiences, he has translated from English some plays and two of them were published by UNITEXT Publishing House in the volume Irish Drama Today, in 1998. He also translated YEN by Anna Jordan, LUNGS and EVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan Macmillan and other plays that he intends to direct in the future.
Adrian's directorial debut was based on a stage version he wrote for THE NOSE by Gogol and then with THE DIARY OF A MADMAN. He wrote scripts for his Caragiale productions and lately a fresh and poignant stage version of Ibsen's AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE.

     Education and training
He graduated from renowned lyceum Saint Sava National College in Bucharest followed a BA in mechanical engineering at the Bucharest Polytechnics Institute. He worked as a tool design engineer in the aeronautics industry for 15 years which included two training stages in Britain at British Aerospace. He graduated 1995 with a BA in theatre directing from the Academy of Theatre and Film in Bucharest (now UNATC) and he has a MA in the management of public administration and followed training sessions in the management of public cultural institutions. He visited England several times and in 1995 he led the workshop ISLANDS OF THE LIVING DEAD at the Nottingham Trent University. He took part in a film directing masterclass held by Mike Figgis (Nottingham 1996) and in 1998 Adrian was an artistic advisor of the PIETA European Theatre Programme.
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Adrian Roman is a theatre director who concentrates on the exploration of theatre and drama as a tool of human communication. This permanent search for means of expression and methods of work, mainly in the last years, has taken him beyond the safe artistic confines and led him towards stage works that assumes the risk of taking a distance from comfortable theatre forms and themes and from the entertaining theatre.
He has also assumed for almost 20 years the management and the artistic direction of the Anton Pann Theatre in the town of Ramnicu Valcea. His efforts to convince the local authorities to build a theatre for the company succeeded and in the autumn of 2009 the new theatre building opened for the public (the first new theatre building after 1990). He also formed a team of very young actors/actresses which became known as one of the most excellent and talented theatre groups in the country. The creative team, its invited directors and environment gave way to many remarkable productions that placed the theatre, a company with very limited financial resources, in the line with the most promising theatres in Romania.

     Theatre Director
Adrian Roman has worked as director mainly at the Anton Pann Theatre, as his job there offered him very less freedom of directing in other theatres.
His debut, being still a student, was at The Drama Theatre Galatz with his own stage version of THE NOSE after Gogol. Next, with Plautus' MILES GLORIOSUS at the Anton Pann Theatre as a graduating production, he started to do a long series of plays in Ramnicu Valcea. THE DANCE OF DEATH by Strindberg followed on the same stage. Meeting with English director Jonathan Chadwick, apart from starting a long friendship, gave fruit to a Shakespearean production of AS YOU LIKE IT, with Adrian as assistant director.
During the coming years he directed all sorts of plays at the Anton Pann Theatre to keep it going, one of the reasons being the minuscule budget of the company that prevented him from inviting associate directors to work there. He directed many Romanian and European plays (classical and contemporary) and also Chekhov's THREE SISTERS and Oscar Wilde's THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST.
At The Davila Theatre in Pitesti Adrian directed THE BOURGEOIS GENTLEMAN by Molière and HOW MANY MILES TO BABYLON? by Irish Jennifer Johnston.
Adrian's play FOR SHORT: CARAGIALE, based on texts by the Romanian classic writer Caragiale, premiered in 2012 in Berlin. After taking two years to think on his directorial approach, he made a fresh start with three new British plays: LUNGS and EVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan Macmillan and YEN by Anna Jordan. He ended his stay in Ramnicu Valcea in 2018 directing his version of Ibsen's AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE that was extremely well received by the audiences but annoyed the local authorities.
His theatre productions have been invited to numerous festivals in Romania: International Studio Theatre Festival in Pitesti (8 invitations during these years), International Theatre Festival in Sibiu, Short Theatre Festival in Oradea, French Theatre Festival in Bucharest, Romanian Comedy Plays Festival in Bucharest, New Theatre Festival in Arad and also Skampa Theatre Festival in Albania. Adrian's work was presented at important Romanian theatres like The National in Cluj, The National in Craiova, Royal Theatre Hall Of Romanian Presidential Palace Cotroceni, Knjaževsko-Srpski Teatar, Kragujevac, Serbia, Theater Studio - Schauspielschule Charlottenburg Berlin. His production of LUNGS was invited for the 2017 season with regular performances at the Comedy Theatre, one of the mainstream theatres of Bucharest.
He is a full member of UNITER (The Romanian Professional Theatre Union) since 1998.

     Manager and Artistic Director
Adrian has dedicated a great part of his energy and of his time re-inventing the Anton Pann Theatre company and pushing it to the top of the Romanian theatre landscape. On one hand he managed to build a new house for the company and on the other he created a team of very talented and very young performers coming from the main acting high education universities in Cluj and Bucharest. He then succeeded to invite fellow directors known for their high standard and for enjoying to work with creative young actors/actresses. They were Alexandru Dabija, Cristi Juncu, Vlad Massaci, Tudor Lucanu, Balint Botos.
He managed to make a small company from a rather medium town one of the most respected and praised for its productions. The value of the company's theatre work was validated by 4 invitations to the most important theatre festival in the country The National Theatre Festival (2005, 2008, 2014 and 2016) and 3 nominalizations at the most important theatre prizes The UNITER Gala Prizes (2012, 2013, 2015). Many theatre productions toured the country in festivals and received prizes and praises.
The Anton Pann Theatre was the place where all the best graduates from the schools of acting longed to be. Adrian fought hard to lead a company that was not a comfortable and banal provincial town theatre, but one in time with the best of the theatre in Europe. Work that dealt with important and uncomfortable subjects regarding our lives mainly in very fresh drama texts presented for the first time on a Romanian stage.   

     Script writer and translator
Adrian Roman has extended his work as director with that of script writer and translator. In his search for new and important plays for today's audiences, he has translated from English some plays and two of them were published by UNITEXT Publishing House in the volume Irish Drama Today, in 1998. He also translated YEN by Anna Jordan, LUNGS and EVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan Macmillan and other plays that he intends to direct in the future.
Adrian's directorial debut was based on a stage version he wrote for THE NOSE by Gogol and then with THE DIARY OF A MADMAN. He wrote scripts for his Caragiale productions and lately a fresh and poignant stage version of Ibsen's AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE.

     Education and training
He graduated from renowned lyceum Saint Sava National College in Bucharest followed a BA in mechanical engineering at the Bucharest Polytechnics Institute. He worked as a tool design engineer in the aeronautics industry for 15 years which included two training stages in Britain at British Aerospace. He graduated 1995 with a BA in theatre directing from the Academy of Theatre and Film in Bucharest (now UNATC) and he has a MA in the management of public administration and followed training sessions in the management of public cultural institutions. He visited England several times and in 1995 he led the workshop ISLANDS OF THE LIVING DEAD at the Nottingham Trent University. He took part in a film directing masterclass held by Mike Figgis (Nottingham 1996) and in 1998 Adrian was an artistic advisor of the PIETA European Theatre Programme.
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