11th edition - "Marin Sorescu" National Theatre Craiova



The "Marin Sorescu" National Theatre Craiova launches the call for applications to the competition for young Romanian directors and scenographers, 11th edition.

In order to discover emerging talents in the Romanian directing and scenography field, the Marin Sorescu National Theatre Craiova wishes to support the Romanian directing and scenography school and to propose new names, concepts and artistic visions in order to ensure the continuity and revitalization of the Romanian theatre.


The winning project will be realized at the "Ion D. Sîrbu" studio hall in the 2021-2022 season.
Conditions for participation:

  • The text of the project will be based on a play from Romanian drama or literature of the last two decades, with a maximum of 8 characters; the text of the play must be in Romanian. If the Romanian playwright's text is written in another language, no translation fee will be paid.
  • The project will be designed for the "Ion D. Sîrbu" Studio Hall (see the technical details of the hall on the TNC website
  • The amount of the project is 50.000 lei gross (including set production costs and creative team fees - director, scenographer, composer etc., copyright costs).
  • The director and set designer must have a university degree (bachelor's degree with specialisation in theatre direction/set design) and must not be older than 35 years old.
  • CV and list of their artistic creations will be attached to the project



Nota bene

  1. Texts that have never been performed on stage before are given priority. This is not a compulsory condition, but will act as a tie-breaker in the event of a tie.
  2. The project is not limited, the number of pages and its form are at the candidate's discretion.


Date limită for submission of projects is 10 December 2021 - submitted by e-mail: or by post to the theatre's headquarters (Strada Alexandru Ioan Cuza, nr. 11, 200585, Craiova, Dolj, România – with the mention for the attention of the Drama Service).


The winning projects of previous editions were:

  1. „Conu’ Leonida față cu reacțiunea” by I.L.Caragiale, directed by Diana Dragoș, scenography Adriana Dinulescu
  2. "Photoshop", text and direction Catinca Drăgănescu, scenography Sorana Țopa
  3. „Profu’ de religie” by Mihaela Michailov, directed and scenography by Bobi Pricop
  4. „Spargerea”, after the novel "Armed Robbery" by Răzvan Petrescu, directed by Dragoș Alexandru Mușoiu, scenography by arh. Andreea Simona Negrilă
  5. At the fifth edition, exceptionally, two projects were declared winners: "Exploziv" by Elise Willk, directed by Andrei Măjeri, scenography Alexandra Panaite and "Sfârşit", dramatization by Oana Hodade after Florin Lăzărescu's prose, directed by Leta Popescu, scenography Gloria Gagu.
  6. "The Other Country", based on Hertha Müller's novels, "Man is a Great Pheasant in the World" and "Journey in One Foot", dramatic script Alexandru Istudor, scenography Francesca-Antonia Cioancă
  7. "The Sand Monster" by Csaba Székely, directed by Irina Crăiță-Mândră, scenography by Cezarina Iulia Popescu
  8. "White room" by Alexandra Badea, directed by Florin Caracala, scenography Ana Ienașcu
  9. "Playground" by Raul Coldea, directed by Raul Coldea, scenography Alexandra Budianu