Viktor Bodó

© Dàniel DÖMÖLKYViktor Bodó was born in 1978 in Budapest. After finishing his studies of acting and directing he worked for three years as an actor at Árpád Schilling’s Krétakör Theatre in Budapest. His big break as a director was when he worked as a permanent director at the Katona József Theatre in Budapest, amongst others through his adaptation of Kafka’s “The Trial”. Since 2006 he has regular productions at the Schauspielhaus Graz, where he started with Kafka’s “The Castle” and Lewis Carroll’s “Alice”. The latter was invited for various guest performances, amongst others to the Salzburger Festspiele in 2009, and the Radikal jung Festival in Munich in 2008, and won the Austrian Nestroy Theatre Prize for ‘best décor’ in 2008.

In 2008 Bodó founded his own theatre company Szputnyik Shipping Company in Budapest. His most important productions with the Szputnyik in Budapest were “Mietshausgeschichten” and “The Dice Man”. Together with his own group, he developed co-productions with the Schauspiel Köln (“Transit” by István Tasnádi, and “Der Mann am Tisch 2” by András Vinnai) as well as the Staatstheater Mainz / Theater Winterthur (“Death on the Orient Express”.

In the past couple of years, he developed highly acclaimed productions at the Schauspielhaus Graz with actors from the Szputnyik Shipping Company and the ensemble of Graz. In the season of 2008/09, Bodó directed Peter Handke’s “The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other”. This production was invited to the Berliner Theatertreffen in 2010, and awarded the Golden Mask in the category “Best Foreign Performance” in Moscow. Furthermore, Bodó was awarded the Austrian Nestroy Theatre Prize in 2009 in the category “Best Director”. In the season of 2009/10 he directed “Liliom” by Ferenc Molnár in Graz, and in the following season “The Master and Margarita” after Michail Bulgakow, for which he was again nominated for the Nestroy Theatre Prize in 2011.

Taking part regularly in the activities of the Union of Theatres of Europe, Viktor Bodó and his Szputnyik Shipping Company are associated members of the UTE. See member's page.

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