Actor Ion Caramitru, re-elected head of Theatre Guild

Actor and director Ion Cara­mitru, who is also the Bucharest National’s manager was re-elected by general assembly vote for a new term as head of UNITER (the National Theatre Guild), Agerpres informs. Also voted at the beginning of this week, the 2010-2014 board of UNITER includes iconic actors of the national theatre, such as Virginia Mirea, Ilinca Tomo­ro­veanu and Ozana Oancea to directors Alexandru Tocilescu, Tompa Gabor and Bocsardi Laszlo.

Born in 1942, Caramitru is a well-known stage and film actor, stage director, as well as a political figure. He was minister of culture between 1996 and 2000, in Democratic Convention cabinet. Born to an Aromanian family in Bucharest, he graduated from the I. L. Caragiale Institute for Theatre and Film Arts in 1964.Caramitru was cast in a series of unique theatrical productions by directors such as Liviu Ciulei, Moni Ghelerter, Andrei Serban, Liviu Purc?rete, Sandra Manu, Catalina Buzoianu, Alexandru Tocilescu, and Sic? Alexandrescu. As a director of theatre, opera, and operetta he notably staged works by Frederick Loewe (My Fair Lady), Benjamin Britten (The Little Sweep) and Shakespeare (The Merchant of Venice); his adaptations of Peter Brook`s La Tragedie de Carmen and Tchai­kovsky`s Eugene Onegin were hosted by the Grand Opera House in Bel­fast, Northern Ireland. Cara­mi­tru starred in over 30 feature films, making his debut with a supporting role in Ciulei`s Forest of the Hanged (1964). He has had minor roles in foreign films, he was an anarchist in the 1991 Kafka, Tatevsky in Citizen X (1995), Zozimov in Mission: Impossible (1996), Count Fon­ta­na in Amen. (2002), and the Bulgarian man in Adam and Paul (2004). In May 2005, he won the competition for the head office of the National Theatre Bucharest, replacing Dinu S?raru.

For his work in establishing British-Romanian cultural links, the actor was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. In 1997, the French Ministry of Culture awarded him the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.

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