Paul Bargetto – an international theater director, dramaturg, festival producer, teacher and arts activist. He currently lives and works in Warsaw, Poland where he is the President and Founder of Fundacja Teatru Trans-Atlantyk, an NGO based in Warsaw. This organization produces live and digital arts through two initiatives: Teatr Trans-Atlantyk, a documentary theater ensemble and Eldorado Teatr, a digital live arts platform. He also collaborates on projects outside of these organizations especially in the field of dance. His work has been presented in Poland, Germany, Belgium, China, France, Turkey, Lithuania, and the United States.
Before coming to Europe, he lived and worked in New York City where he founded the theater company East River Commedia (1998–2010). Important productions include Striptease and Out at Sea, Philosopher Fox and Serenade, The Magnificent Cuckold, and A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians. He also founded and directed the undergroundzero festival, a festival of experimental independent live arts (2007–2014) that was presented in six incarnations in numerous locations throughout the East Village and Lower East Side including PS 122, Collective:Unconscious, Clemente Soto Velez, and the Living Theatre. In 2005, he helped to found the League of Independent Theater, advocacy organization for independent theater in New York City. He served on the board of directors and as the managing director of public affairs for five years.
Recent directing and dramaturg credits include Karl Hocker’s Album and California with Teatr Trans-Atlantyk, Plateau, Fabula Rasa, and i, on the Verge of Humanity, with the choreographer Maciej Kuzminski, and Historie Mowione, a site-specific performative installation in Poznan. Other projects include Alphabet Cities, a multi-year project of arts and advocacy for the LGBTQ community in Poland, and International Agency for Ukraine!, a performative installation with Ukrainian and Polish artists as part of the The________Dream Festival with the House of Beautiful Business in Sintra, Portugal. He is currently touring Every Minute Motherland, a dance piece in Poland and Germany with Maciej Kuzminski about the war in Ukraine that will also be presented at the 2024 Polish Dance Platform, and Memory House, a dance project with Tanz Linz in Linz, Austria.