EFFE International Jury

The international festival jury chose the winners of the EFFE Award and endorsed the label recipients put forward by experts that evaluate each country’s applications. The jury also produced a report on the state of European festivals, initiating debate within the sector and beyond. The report is published in the EFFE Guide.

Over 760 festivals from 31 countries were considered by the Jury who, in a joint statement, said: ‘It has been an enormous pleasure and a privilege for the jury to discover the breadth and ambition of the European festival circuit. We are glad to see that 10 countries from across Europe and a wide spectrum of artistic disciplines were represented in the final selection of the 12 award winners.’ 

The International Festival Jury’s members are:

Vincent Baudriller, President of the EFFE International Jury - Director of Théâtre Vidy, Lausanne

Born in 1968 in Valenciennes, he studied management in Rouen, where he organized a student theatre festival and later worked for two years in Madrid. In 1992 he joined the Festival d’Avignon as a production manager, before becoming artistic advisor. In 2003 he was appointed head of the festival, with Hortense Archambault, to co-lead it together from 2004 to 2013 before coming to Lausanne. Since September 2013 he has directed the Théâtre Vidy: a creation place with four venues for contemporary theatre and dance with an international dimension. 

Hortense Archambault, Director of MC93 Maison de la culture de la Seine-Saint-Denis, Bobigny

Hortense Archambault obtained a degree in History at the Sorbonne University and a Master of Advanced Study in Cultural Management. After different experiences in production, she worked at the Festival d’Avignon from 1999 until 2013 as an administrator under the direction of Bernard Faivre d’Arcier. In 2003 she was appointed co-director of the festival with Vincent Baudriller. They directed the festival until 2013. In that period, she focused on audience development and managed to diversify the festival’s audience. She then became an artistic and cultural consultant, and also works as a trainer. In March 2015 she was named as director of MC93 Maison de la culture de la Seine-Saint-Denis in Bobigny as of 1 August 2015.

Tom Creed, Theatre and Opera Director based in Dublin

Tom Creed is an associate artist of Opera Theatre Company in Dublin. He has been a staff director at Welsh National Opera and completed a Jerwood Opera Writing Fellowship at Aldeburgh Music. He is currently developing new music theatre projects with Irish composers Donnacha Dennehy and Jürgen Simpson. His extensive work as a theatre director over the past ten years includes productions for the Abbey Theatre, Gate Theatre, Rough Magic, his own company Playgroup and a range of independent Irish companies, which have played in Ireland, the UK, Europe and the USA. He was nominated for Best Director at the Irish Times Theatre Awards in 2007.

Nina Peče Grilc, Director of Kinodvor, Ljubljana

Nina Peče Grilc studied Cultural Studies at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. She has worked as the director and head of film distribution for Otok, Institute for the Development of Film Culture, as well as the director of Kino Otok Isola Cinema Film Festival with a focus on African, Asian, Latin American and Eastern European cinema. Working as the cultural producer and event and public relations manager, she has contributed to the organization of key film festivals in Slovenia such as LIFFe (Ljubljana International Film Festival), Festival of Slovenian Film, Festival of European Film, and Animateka – International Animation Festival. She was a collaborator with the Industry and Film Office at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival as well as International Film Festival Rotterdam. Nina Peče Grilc was appointed director of the Kinodvor municipal cinema in Ljubljana in May 2008. Since 2010 she has represented Kinodvor as the founding member in the Management Committee of Art cinema network in Slovenia. In 2014 she was elected as a board member of Europa Cinemas’ Board of Directors.

Piotr Gruszczynski, Theatre Critic and Dramaturg based in Poland

Since 2008 Piotr Gruszczyński has worked with Nowy Teatr and its artistic director Krzysztof Warlikowski. He is the co-author of adaptations of Warlikowski’s recent productions: (A)pollonia, Un tramway (co-production with Odéon-Théâtre, Paris), The End, The African Tales by Shakespeare and Kabaret warszawski. He is the author of the first analysis of new Polish theatre (Ojcobójcy, 2002) and a book interview with Warlikowski (Szekspir i uzurpator, also translated into French and Romanian). He also works with Mariusz Treliński in opera as a dramaturg, and recently premiered Joalanta and Bluebeard Castle at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. He leads a seminar about new trends in European theatre and workshops for theatre critics in Theatre Academy, Warsaw, and is a member of the publishing board of Dialog (Warsaw) and Ubu (Paris).

Ulrika Josephsson, Production Manager of Jupither Josephsson Theatre Company, and Project Manager of Ingmar Bergman International Theatre Festival at Dramaten, Stockholm

Ulrika Josephsson is a freelance producer with long experience in the performing arts. She is a former CEO/ artistic director of Folkteatern in Gothenburg and production manager/artistic director of Riks Drama at the Swedish National Touring Theatre. She is a longtime collaborator with Swedish playwright Lars Norén with whom she has made several productions in co-production with, among others, Théâtre National in Brussels and Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers in Paris, and has also been working at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York. She has recently founded a new theatre company together with acclaimed director Sofia Jupither.

Mark Russell, Founder and Co-Director of Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival, New York

Having created New York’s Under the Radar Festival in 2005, Mark Russell is currently working on its 12th edition. From 1983 to 2004 he was the artistic director of New York’s Performance Space 122. Russell was also the first guest artistic director for the Portland Institute for Contemporary Arts – TBA Festival. He has been instrumental in setting up performance programmes at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, the Apollo Theater in Harlem and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in California. He has been awarded an MBE, an Obie (Off-Broadway Theatre Award) and a Bessie (New York Dance and Performance Award) for lifetime achievements in performance curation.

Gyorgy Szabo, Managing Director of Trafo - House of Contemporary Arts, Budapest

György Szabó studied at the Karl Marx University of Economics, Budapest. After his first job at the Hungarian TV channel Newsreel, he became sales representative at the state performing arts agency IRI. From 1985 to 1996 he was artistic programmer and events manager of Petőfi Csarnok. In 1998 he founded Trafó – House of Contemporary Arts, the first public interdisciplinary contemporary arts institution in Hungary, where he remains managing director. In addition, he does curatorial work for different public art funds bodies in Hungary and is an advisory board member for the Soros Foundation in Budapest, Arts International in New York and AFAA in Paris, among others.