The festival Theater Networking Talents (TNT) is a meeting and dialogue platform for all creators in the performing arts, focusing primarily on theatre directors who graduated last year. Recent graduates of university directing programmes from Romania and abroad are invited to Craiova to present their degree/dissertation shows and to get in touch with the professional theatre environment. TNT is a meeting place for young directors not only with future colleagues and collaborators, but also with theatre managers, artistic directors, independent producers and festival programmers.  


Purpose of the activity 

THEATER NETWORKING TALENTS (T.N.T) has an educational, cultural and social purpose, being a festival dedicated to young theatre directors, whose undergraduate or dissertation productions can be seen by the student community and beyond.

The general objective of the project is to create a meeting and dialogue platform for young creators in the field of performing arts, focusing primarily on theatre directors graduating this year, by designing and creating an online multimedia platform and organizing a theatre festival dedicated to the directors of the class of 2020 from Romania and Europe.


About TNT 2022

The 4th edition of the Festival of Young Directors - Theater Networking Talents - (TNT), will take place in Craiova between 5 and 9 July. The event is organized by the "Marin Sorescu" National Theatre of Craiova and the Arts and Media Department of the University of Craiova, with the support of partners: the "Traian Demetrescu" House of Culture and UNITER.


Shows, debates, workshops, urban installations, concerts, watching short films are just some of the activities that will take place during Theater Networking Talents (TNT) .


After two years in which the epidemiological situation made it impossible to organize the festival, this marathon edition will bring together a selection of the best productions of Romanian directors who graduated from the faculty in the promotions 2020/2021/2022 (license and master). Fourteen shows of graduates from Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca and Târgu-Mureș are invited, productions based on classic, contemporary or even devised texts.


Many of them have already been taken over or produced by theater companies such as #Reactor of creation and experiment Cluj-Napoca, Dramatic Theater „Ion D. Sîrbu” Petroșani, Theater for children and youth “Luceafărul” Iași, Municipal Theater „Matei Vișniec” Suceava , Constanța State Theater or L.S. Municipal Theater Bulandra, Bucharest.


The performances will be presented in a showcase in front of the Craiova audience, theater managers, independent producers or guest festival selectors from all over the country, as well as other artists, future guild colleagues.


The 14 names that the 4th edition of TNT brings to the fore are Tudor Antofie, Răzvan Enciu, Irisz Kovacs, Petro Ionescu, Vlad Isăilă, Irina Moscu, Alin Neguțoiu, Tudor Nicorici, Bianca Oprea, Mara Oprea, Cosmin Panaite, Mihai Păcurar, Monica Stoica and Máté Szilvay. Their performances can be watched in the three halls of the “Marin Sorescu” National Theater in Craiova.


Along with the 14 performances of the directors in the showcase, the program Theater Networking Talents (TNT) includes numerous activities dedicated to both artists in all fields of performing arts and the general public: debates (moderated by Iulia Popovici ), installations, short films by film graduates (selected by Andrei Rus ) and the closing concert (supported by Valeria Stoica) .


TNT continues the partnership with the Goethe Institut, through the workshops of the international program New Stages Southeast , in which young playwrights and directors will continue working on projects started in Craiova last autumn, under the guidance of mentors Rebekka Kricheldorf and Theodor Cristian Popescu.

For the events within TNT, the entrance is free, within the available places, based on the reservations made at the Ticket Agency of the “Marin Sorescu” National Theater. Event Facebook page:

TNT 2022 Programme

18:00 - Studio Hall - why be beautiful

by Neil LaBute

directed by Mara Oprea

UNATC "I.L. Caragiale" Bucharest, license 2021

show taken over by Bulandra Theatre Bucharest


20:00 - TNC Foyer - Launch of the TNT 2022 platform

21:00 - TNC Garden - IMPEX concert

11:00 - TNC Foyer - TNTalks

How do we prepare for a new world?

moderated by Iulia Popovici

13:30 - Studio Room - Hikikomori

by Holger Schober

directed by Tudor Nicorici

University "Babeș-Bolyai" Cluj-Napoca, bachelor 2021
a show produced by "Luceafărul" Theatre Iasi


18:00 - Atelier Hall - 8 fathers

by Tina Muller

directed by Irisz Kovacs

University "Babeș-Bolyai" Cluj-Napoca, bachelor 2021

a show produced by the Constanta State Theatre


21:00 - Great Hall - Slaves

by Maria Manolescu Borşa

directed by Cosmin Panaite

University of Arts Târgu-Mureș, master 2022

a performance produced by the Municipal Theatre "Matei Vișniec" Suceava


11:00 - TNC Foyer - TNTalks

Hidden theatrical diamonds in literature and film

moderated by Iulia Popovici

13:00 - Atelier Hall - Part 1. Love

collective creation, dramaturgy Cosmin Stănilă and Petro Ionescu

directed by Petro Ionescu ( University of Arts Târgu-Mureș, master 2022)

show produced by #Reactor of creation and experiment Cluj-Napoca


16:00 ― Sala Studio – Disney Thriller

by Philip Ridley

Directed by Monica Stoica

UNATC "I.L. Caragiale" Bucharest, license 2022


19:30 - Great Hall - Life is a dream

by Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Directed by Tudor Antofie

University "Babeș-Bolyai" Cluj-Napoca, bachelor 2022

show produced by the Dramatic Theater „Ion D. Sîrbu” Petroșani


22:00 - Great Hall - TNT Cinema Night

short films by Film Directing graduates

selected by Andrei Rus, followed by discussions with directors

Refugee # 99 , directed by Roberta Șerban

Growing up under a bitter cherry tree, Directed by: Agata Olteanu

Fragmentations , directed by Miruna Minculescu

Elephant away , directed by Teona Galgoțiu

Transitions , directed by Bogdan Balla

11:00 - TNC Foyer - TNTalks

Who is the author? Director-playwright collaboration in a director's theatre

moderated by Iulia Popovici

13:30 - Aula Buia - Wasted

de Kae Tempest

Directed by Vlad Isăilă

UNATC "I.L. Caragiale" Bucharest, license 2022


16:00 - Atelier Hall - The rest of our lives

collective creation, dramaturgy Sabina Balan
Directed by Alin Neguțoiu

UNATC "I.L. Caragiale" Bucharest, license 2020

show produced by #Reactor of creation and experiment Cluj-Napoca


18:30 - Great Hall - Three Sisters

după Anton Pavlovici Cehov

Directed by Irina Moscu

Universitatea de Arte Târgu-Mureș, master 2022


21:00 ― Sala Studio – Interior-Lumină

by Ioana Hogman

Directed by Mihai Păcurar

University of Arts Târgu-Mureș, master 2020

show produced by #Reactor of creation and experiment Cluj-Napoca


11:00 - TNC Foyer - TNTalks

Young director looking for stage

moderated by Iulia Popovici

13:30 - Atelier Hall - Sand Pit

by Michał Walczak

Directed by Bianca Oprea

UNATC "I.L. Caragiale" Bucharest, license 2022


16:00 ― Sala Studio – Chip de foc

de Marius von Mayenburg

Directed by Răzvan Enciu

UNATC "I.L. Caragiale" Bucharest, license 2022


19:00 - Great Hall - How do you like it

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Máté Szilvay

Târgu-Mureș University of Arts, Hungarian department, 2021 license

* 1h50min

22:00 - TNC Garden - Closing ceremony and VALERIA STOICA concert

July 5-9 - TNC Esplanade - Urban Installations

Homo sapiens Vastum , Diana Nistor and Cătălin Manea

120.90, Mihai Birtu

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