Gelu Colceag

b. 17.05.1949

Plays in current season :

The Threepenny Opera The Welkin

Professional activity

Manager of "Teatrul Mic", 2016 – to the date

Professor of: The Art of Acting, Faculty of Drama – U.N.A.T.C. Bucharest, 1993 - 2016

PhD supervisor - Faculty of Drama, U.N.A.T.C. Bucharest, 2009 - 2016

Rector - U.N.A.T.C. Bucharest, 2008 - 2012 

Dean - Faculty of Drama, U.N.A.T.C. Bucharest, 2001 - 2008  

Artistic consultant - Comedy Theatre, Bucharest, 2002 - 2006 

Artistic Director – National Theatre Bucharest, 1997 - 2001 

Dean - Faculty of Drama, A.T.F Bucharest, 1991 - 1997  

University Lecturer: The Art of Acting - Faculty of Drama, A.T.F Bucharest, 1990 – 1993

University lecturer: The Art of Acting - Faculty of Drama, I.A.T.C. Bucharest, 1987 – 1990

Associate Professor: The Art of Acting - Faculty of Drama, I.A.T.C. – Bucharest, 1982 – 1987

Actor at L.S. Bulandra Theatre, Bucharest, 1977 – 1987 

Collaborating actor, Ion Creangă Theatre, Bucharest, 1975 - 1976

Collaborating actor, National Theatre Bucharest, 1974 – 1975

Actor, Constantin Tănase Theatre, 1972 – 1974 

Actor, Târgu Mureș State Theatre, 1971 – 1972



PhD "Magna cum laude" with the thesis "Scenic fictions in the typology of the superfluous man" in the field of Theatre, U.N.A.T.C. Bucharest, 2002

Postgraduate diploma in musical theatre direction, I.A.T.C. Bucharest, 1985

Bachelor's degree in the specialty of Acting, I.A.T.C. Bucharest, 1971


Parts in theatre

Calaf – “Turandot” by Carlo Gozzi

Rică Venturiano – “A stormy night” by I.L. Caragiale

Pulcinella – “The three Venetian twins” by Colallto

Ariel – “The Tempest” by William Shakespeare

Valer – “Tartuffe” by J.B.P. Molière

Moirron – “Cabal of the Holy” by Mihail Bulgakov

Cimpoiașul – “Barbu Văcărescu” by I. Golescu

Rozencrantz – “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare

The Madman – “The cold” by Marin Sorescu

Frank – “Barrymore” by W. Luce


Parts in films

“The Riot”, directed by Mircea Mureșan

“January dream”, directed by N. Oprițescu

“Aurora”, directed by Cristi Puiu

“Child's Pose”, directed by Cătălin Netzer

“6.9 on the Richter scale”, directed by Nae Caranfil

“Baccalaureate”, directed by Cristian Mungiu


Performances directed

“The Threepenny Opera” by Bertolt Brecht, Casandra Studio, 1986

“Queen of the Ball” by Nicolae Mateescu, Casandra Studio, 1986

“This is strange”, Casandra Studio, 1987 

“Platonov” by A.P. Cehov, Casandra Studio

- Best performance award and 7 acting awards (Claudiu Stănescu, Ionel Mihăilescu, Mariana Baboi, Oana Ştefănescu, Lucian Nuţă, Florin Chiriac, Teodora Mareş) – Galaţi 1987

“Queen of the Ball” by Nicolae Mateescu, Giuleşti Theatre

- Best performance award and two acting awards (Valeria Sitaru and Constantin Cojocaru), Satu Mare, 1988

“The Seagull” by A.P. Cehov, Odeon Theatre, 1988

“The Spoilers”, musical by Paraschivescu, Rotaru, Profeta, Nottara Theatre

- Tour in USA and Canada, 1990

“Streap-tease” by Slawomir Mrozek, Casandra Studio

- Best performance award and acting award for George Ivaşcu – Costineşti 1990

“Retro” by Alexandr Galin, Odeon Theatre, 1991

“The Book of Prospero” after William Shakespeare, A.T.F.

- Tour in England, Hungary, Slovakia, Germany, Austria 1992, 1993

“Electra, my love” by G. Laszlo, Odeon Theatre

- Tour in Hungary – 1993

“Turandot” by Carlo Gozzi, Creangă Theatre, 1993

“The Dragon” by Svart, Creangă Theatre, 1994

“The 7th Commandment” by Dario Fo, Bulandra Theatre, 1994

“Victor or Power to the Children” by R. Vitrac, Bulandra Theatre

- Tour in France, 1994

“Jack, or The Submission; The Future is in Eggs” by Eugène Ionesco, Romanian – American Theatre

- Tour in Scotland, USA, Venezuela and Hungary – 1993, 1994

“Noah's Ark” by Lucian Blaga, A.T.F

- Tour in Austria and USA, 1995            

“New and Old Vulgarians” after Nicolae Filimon, Comedy Theatre, 1995

“Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare, Casandra Studio

- Tour in Hungary, 1996 

- Best Performance Award at the Budapest Student Festival.

“Jack, or The Submission” and “The Future is in Eggs” by Eugène Ionesco, Casandra Studio

- UNITER Award for Best Student Theatre Production, 1996

“Don Juan a la russe” by A.P. Cehov, Odeon Theatre

- Critics Award: Florin Zamfirescu andUNITER Award: Irina Mazanitis, 1997

“Gavrilescu Case” by Mircea Eliade, Nottara Theatre

- Premiere at Lincoln Center, New York, 1996                                

- Tours in Germany, Hungary, USA, Venezuela, 1996, 1997, 1998

- Special Critics Award, 1997

“Queen Mother” by Manlio Santanelli, National Theatre of Bucharest

- Tours in Germany, USA, Canada, Philippines, 1999, 2000

- UNITER Award for Olga Tudorache

“The Chops” by Bertrand Blier, National Theatre of Bucharest

- Tour in Israel, 1998

“Chickenhead” by Spiro Gyorgy, Bulandra Theatre

- Best Performance Award and Acting Award for Doru Ana at the Humorror Festival, 1998

“Heart of a Dog” after Mihail Bulgakov, Toma Caragiu Theatre, Ploiești                                 

“Dew grains on a lotus leaf” by Nicolae Mateescu, Bucharest National Theatre

“Stars in the Morning Sky” by Aleksandr Galin, Odeon Theatre

- Set design award: Ştefan Caragiu

- Acting award: Adriana Trandafir at the Comedy Festival, Galaţi, 2000

“Barrymore” by William Luce, Bucharest National Theatre, 1999

- Tour in London, 2001

- UNITER Award for Ştefan Iordache, 2001

“The Living Corpse” by Lev Tolstoi, Bucharest National Theatre, 2001

“Carnival Stuff” by I.L. Caragiale, Casandra Studio, 2001

“Tango” by Slawomir Mrozek, Bulandra Theatre, 2001

“Fussing at Union”, după I.L. Caragiale, Bucharest National Theatre, 2002 

“Carnival Stuff” by I.L. Caragiale, Bucharest National Theatre, 2002

“Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare, Comedy Theatre, 2003 

- Best Performance Award and Best Male Performance Award for Tudor Chirilă at the Comedy Festival, Galați, 2003

- UNITER Award for Tudor Chirilă, 2003

“Veronika Decides To Die” by Paolo Coelho, Odeon Theatre, 2003

“Alex and Morris”, Teatrul Mic, 2004

“A Stormy Night” by I.L. Caragiale, Casandra Studio, 2004

“No Exit” by J.P. Sartre, Casandra Studio, 2004

- Tour in Mexico, 2004

“Stars in the Morning Sky” by Aleksandr Galin, Casandra Studio, 2004

“A Hell of a Mess” by Eugène Ionesco, Comedu Theatre, 2005

- Best Performance Award

- Best Set Design Award - Puiu Antemir

- Best Actress Award -  Virginia Mirea at the Comedy Festival, Bucharest, 2006

- Official selection in the National Theatre Festival, 2006 

“Puss in Boots” by Trăilescu, National Opera, 2006

“La grande magia” by Eduardo by Filippo, Toma Caragiu Theatre, Ploiești, 2006

“A Stormy Night” by I.L. Caragiale, UNESCO Department, 2007

“Last hour” by Mihail Sebastian, Sică Alexandrescu Theatre, Brașov, 2007

- Male Performance Award – Adrian Titieni,

Set design award – Imelda Manu, Magda Ciubotaru;

Young Creators Award – Maria Garbovan;

National Romanian Comedy Festival, 2008

“Power to the Children” by Roger Vitrac, Metropolis Theatre, 2008

“The Shape of Things” by Neil Labute, Sică Alexandrescu Theatre, Brașov, 2008

- Male Performance Award – Marius Cordoș;

Set design Award – Ștefan Caragiu at the Contemporary Drama Festival, Brașov, 2009

“Tarelkin” by Suhovo-Kobîlin, Metropolis Theatre, 2009

“Tango” by Slawomir Mrozek, Nicolae Bălcescu Cultural Centre, 2010

“I'm moving in with my mom” by Andreas Petrescu, Nicolae Bălcescu Cultural Centre, 2009

- Special Audience Award, Buzău, 2012

“Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf” by Edward Albee, Comedy Theatre, 2010

- Female Performance Award – Emilia Popescu;

Excellence Award – Ștefan Bănica jr. - 2011

“A Midsummer Night's Dream” by William Shakespeare, Teatrul Mic, 2011

“All inclusive” by Pierre Chesnot, Teatrul Mic and ARCUB, 2011

“Fussing at Union 2” by I.L. Caragiale, The Band from Union, 2012

“My dear, this is not looking good” by I.L. Caragiale, Comedy Theatre and Metropolis Theatre, “Bucureștii lui Caragiale” Festival, 2012

“Ivan Vasilievich Changes Profession” by Mihail Bulgakov, Metropolis Theatre, 2012

- Ștefan Iordache Festival, Caracal, 2013

- Official Selection at the National Theatre Festival, 2013

“Chicago” musical, UNATC, 2012

- Best Performance Award; 2 acting awards – Master Graduates Gala, 2013

“The Cherry Orchard” by A.P. Cehov, UNATC, 2013

- 4 acting awards – Master Graduates Gala, 2013

“I'm moving in with my dad?” by Andreas Petrescu, D’aia Theatre, 2013

- Special Jury Prize at the Undercloud Festival, 2013

“A Stormy Night”, Comedy Theatre and Antena 1, 2013

“Mitică, Tanța and Costel”, after I.L. Caragiale and Ion Băieșu, The Band from Union, “Bucureștii lui Caragiale” Festival, 2013

“Quartet” by Spiro Gyorgy, TV Theatre – TVR - 2013

“Chicago 2”, UNATC, 2013

“Some Girl(s)” by Neil LaButte, Sică Alexanbyscu Theatre, Brașov, 2013

“A Stormy Night” by I.L. Caragiale, Mall Theatre, 2014

“The Cherry Orchard” by A.P. Cehov, Teatrul Foarte Mic, 2014

“Story about my father” by Radu F. Alexandru, Odeon Theatre, 2014

“Stars in the Morning Sky” by Aleksandr Galin, UNATC, 2014

“Hotel California”, Teatrelli, 2014

“Tri-color... Humor”, “Bucureștii lui Caragiale” Festival, 2014

“The Suicide” by Nikolai Erdman, Toma Caragiu Theatre, Ploiești, 2015

“The Seagull” by A.P. Cehov, UNATC, 2015

“Cats' Play” by Orkeni Istvan, Teatrelli, 2015

“Fear of the dragons”, after Mihai Ion and Gelu Colceag, Ion Creangă Theatre, 2015

- Grand Prize of the Bucharest International Children's Theatre Festival and Best Actor Award - Gabi Costin

“Taming of the Shrew” by William Shakespeare, Comedy Theatre, 2016

“Stela”, Constantin Tănase Theatre, 2016

“Rendez vous on the Moon” by Aleksandr Galin, Teatrul Mic, 2017

“Melania Republic” by Irina Nechit, Odeon Theatre, 2018

- Official Selection National Theatre Festival, 2019

“The Jeleznov Family” by Maxim Gorki, Teatrul Mic, 2018

“Employed by two employers”, Teatrul Mic, 2019

“Guilty. Not Guilty.”, texts by Gelu Colceag and Vlad Corbeanu, Teatrul Mic, ARCUB hall, 2020

“The Jays” by Alexandru Kirițescu, 2020

“Run for Your Wife” by Ray Conney, Teatrul Mic, 2021

“The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams, 2022


Teaching activity       

International student workshops and festivals, Milan, 2007

- 2006 – Manila, The Philippines

- 2004 – Tampico, Mexico

- 1997 - Limoges

- 1996 - Budapest, Bratislava, Knoxville

-1995 - Caracas and Lancaster     

- 1994 - Bratislava

- 1993 - Freiburg

- 1993 - Liverpool

- 1992 - Sao Paolo


Event director and TV producer

2004 – 2013 - director of the TVmania Awards Gala

2003- 2011 – director of the Christmas concerts by Ștefan Bănica jr.

2005 – co-writer and artistic director of the comedy series "Marriage Agency" - 8 episodes, Antena 1

2003 – 2004 – producer, writer and director of 34 classic and contemporary humor shows, Comedy Club, TVR 1

2003 – co-writer and artistic director of the comedy series "The last one turns off the light" - 11 episodes, TVR 1

1997 – 1999 – artistic director of more than 150 humorous short films with the Vouă Group, Antena 1

2012 - 2015 – Artistic Director of the "Bucureștii lui Caragiale" Festival, organized by Bucharest City Hall

2015 – Artistic director of the sitcom "Camera Café" - 12 episodes, Antena 1



Articles published in the magazine "Atelier" - notebook of studies, research, experiments at the Department of the Art of Acting

"A Chekhovian typology", Workshop no. 1-2/2001

"Translation milestones in the typology of the superfluous man", Workshop no. 1(3)/2002

"Innovations in the Problems and Structures of People belonging to the Category of "Superfluous People" in the 20th Century Drama", Workshop no. 2(4)/2002

„The Art of Acting, from 2D to 3D”, 2012

„Late Notes”, 2013


Published books

"Superfluous people in the spotlight", 2006

"Chekhovian characters" - adaptations, dramatizations and character dictionary, 2009


Member of committees

Member of the Bureau of the National Council for Higher Education Funding, 2008 – 2011

Vice-Chairman of the National Council of Rectors, Chairman of the Commission for University Art Education, 2008 - 2012



Order of Merit for Education in the rank of Grand Officer, 2004

“Who ‘is who” – Romanian personalities, 2007

UNITER Award for Lifetime Achievement - Theatre Direction, 2009

Honorary Citizen of the Municipality of Bucharest, 2019


Other activities

Coordinator of the collective "Arts, Architecture, Physical Education" within the national project "Doctoral Schools in Romania", 2009

POSDRU project manager "Radio TV Practice - today's students, tomorrow's professionals", 2010


International theatre tours

Sankt Petersburg – 2014; Cairo – 2009; Manila – 2006; Cairo – 1998; Dresden – 1998; Paris – 1993; Sao Paolo – 1992; Dublin – 1991; London - 1991; Berlin - 1979; Budapest - 1979


Translated by Andreea Codrea-Boeriu 

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