About Proton Theatre

In 2009, Kornél Mundruczó, film and theatre director, and Dóra Büki, theatre producer, founded PROTON THEATRE, a virtual artistic company organised around the director’s independent productions. Besides preserving maximum artistic freedom, their goal is ensure a professional structure for their independently produced theatre plays and projects. Chiefly, their performances are realized as international co-productions, and their frequent collaborators include the Wiener Festwochen; HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin; KunstenFestivalDesArts, Brussels; Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, Budapest; HELLERAU, Dresden. The ensemble has currently nine performances on repertoire. Besides productions directed by the artistic leader – namely, THE ICE (2006); FRANKENSTEIN PROJECT (2007); HARD TO BE A GOD (2010); DISGRACE (2012); DEMENTIA (2013); WINTERREISE (2015); IMITATION OF LIFE (2016) – they wish to provide space for the realisation of the company members’ ideas. In this spirit the following performances were created: LAST, directed by Roland Rába (2014) and 1 LINK, directed by Gergely Bánki (2015).

The performances of the PROTON THEATRE have been touring to more than 80 festivals during these years, from Festival d’Avignon through Adelaide Festival to Singapore International Festival, Seoul Bo:m Festival or the Züricher Theaterspektakel. 


Kornél Mundruczó

Born in Hungary in 1975. He studied at the Hungarian University of Film and Drama and is now a renowned European film-director, whose films premier at the most prestigious festivals all over the world. He directed his short film AFTA shortly after leaving school. It went on to win numerous international awards. PLEASANT DAYS, his second feature film, was awarded the Silver Leopard in Locarno in 2002. He entered in the Cannes Residence in 2003. That same year, he founded the film production company Proton Cinema Ltd. with Viktória Petrányi, who has been his constant co-writer and artistic collaborator since college. His third feature film, JOHANNA - an operatic adaptation of the story of Joan of Arc - was presented in 2005, in the independent Un Certain Regard section, outside of the competition of the official selection at the Cannes Festival. Afterward, his fourth and fifth feature-length films took part in the official competition: DELTA in 2008, TENDER SON in 2010. The previous won the FIPRESCI Critics' Award. His latest film WHITE GOD won the Un Certain Regard Prize of Cannes 2014.

He has been working for the stage since 2003. He is most enthusiastic to start a new project whenever he finds an inspiring subject, a team and a venue. During the creative process he tries to build up a team. For new projects he very often casts the same actors, who are working as creative partners to him. It is with them that he devises the productions. After freelancing with more or less the same group of people for several years, in 2009 he founded his independent theatre company, PROTON THEATRE together with Dóra Büki.