Stage design is for me a philosophy, written with form, color and image. I was always fascinated with the idea, that spacial concepts represent the certain understanding of the world. Scenography defines the persona played by the actor, just like space defines us as the people – geometry organizes the Universe and brings it for us out of the chaos, and leads us towards harmony and comprehension of being.

I started to work as a stage designer when I was still studying theatre science, and when I was especially interested in semiotics and cognitive aspect of the theater theory. During stage design studies I rediscovered geometry, which is now for me the unfailing source of inspiration. Maybe that is why scenography stays for me always between art and science. I always try to combine those two factors in my work, and I try to remember, that in order to be able to communicate with the audience I need to know the language of the form, and operate it also on a deeper, subconscious level.


• 2006 – 2011: University of Applied Arts Vienna, Stage Design Class (diploma in 2011 by Prof. Bernhard Kleber)


• 2000 – 2006: Jagiellonian University, Theater Science and Polish Philology (Master Thesis by Prof. Ewa Miodonska–Brookes in 2007)


• 2003 – 2004: School of Artistic Costume Design, Krakow


• 2005 – 2006: competence as a course instructor of exercises based on system of Hatha Yoga 


• 1988 – 1994: Music School Cracow, piano class


• stage design, production design, art direction, set decoration, props, property mastery, costume design


• interior design


• design of shopwindows, stages for events, concert-stages, fashion shows


• technical design of scenography (technical drawings, editing and transformation of virtual models, 3D visualisations and animations, virtual scenography)


• building decorations (walls, forms, furniture, textures, props)


• photography and editing of images, fiilmstills photography


2019 – The Jeweller’s Shop, feature film, Artur Piotrowski Films; directing: Artur Piotrowski, production design: Joanna Piestrzyńska



2019 – La Traviata, Berlin State Opera in Schiller Theatre; stage directing: Dieter Dorn, stage design: Joanna Piestrzyńska, costume design: Moidele Bickel



2014 – The Aspect of the Other, Junger Film and Inkubator Kultury; directing: Rolf Kasteleiner, DoP: Jakob Creutzberg, production design: Joanna Piestrzyńska, costume design: Regina Fraas and Agnieszka Miluniec


State Opera in Schiller Theatre Berlin

Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic

Akzent Theatre Wien

City Theatre Mödling

Stadttheater Bruck an der Leitha

Schlosstheater Schönbrunn Wien

Hirschberg City Theatre

Juliusz Slowacki Theatre Cracow

Laznia Nowa Theatre Cracow

National Old Theatre Cracow

Oppeln Amphitheatre

Music Theatre Forte

Stadtsaal Hollabrunn

Stadtgallery Mödling

TU Open Air Stage

VHS Brigittenau



Marschalls Office Voivoidship Podlaskie

Arena Classica

MDW Wien

UJ Theatre Workshop

PAN Wien

Props S.C.

Infinity Group

UAK Wien

Ken Lee


Junger Film

Artur Piotrowski Films

Markus Media

Inkubator Kultury

Selected Studios UK

Jewel Labs

FAK Wien

WRiTV Katowice

WSF Warsaw

Le Fresnoy Paris

Wajda Film School

Opinion Leaders Network


Opera Base

Staatsoper Berlin


Stage Jobs Pro

Film and TV Pro

United Musicals


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