BEATA POZNIAK TIMELINE
of Beata’s first experiences being on a film set was
The Tin Drum (“Blaszany Bebenek”
by Gunther Grass), shot in Beata’s
Audience Award - one woman show “Listy do Pani Z” (“Letters to Mrs. Z”) by Kazimierz Brandys.
Wins 1st Prize in
Birth of Solidarity “Solidarnosc” in her hometown,
“KAMIL KURANT’S LIFE”, Zycie Kamila
Dir.Grzegorz Warchol, (with
Krzysztof Pieczynski) TV Series based on a known polish
novel “Wspolny pokoj” by Z. Unilowski. Director Wojciech Hass made a feature film based on the book with Beata Tyszkiewicz starring as Todzia. Years later, in the new adaptation, Beata
Pozniak won the role of Todzia
(Kamil’s girlfriend). In the middle of
production filming is stopped. Martial Law is imposed by the Communist
Government in all of
“VATZLAV”, S. Mrozek, Wybrzeze
Beata’s stage debut with renowned actor, Jerzy Kiszkis. Kiszkis, who played the role of Vatzlav, had just been released from jail because of his Solidarity involvement, (martial law was still in effect). Beata played a character named Justine, symbol of Justice, (so symbolic for those times). Censors were present during rehearsals telling the actors what they can say or do while performing on stage. Teresa Izewska, her co-star and heroine from Andrzej Wajda’s film “Kanal”, commits suicide a day before the premiere.
GERMANS”, “Niemcy” Leon Kruczkowski, Wybrzeze Theater,
“PAN DAMAZY”, (“MR. DAMAZY”)
was thrilled to work with theater director Jerzy Afanasjew, creator of Bim Bom Theater -Teatrzyk Bim Bom,
an avant-garde, experimental performance group known
for breaking the rules of the conventional theatre. His surreal approach to
a classical play “Pan Damazy” was selected to commemorate
the 500 year Anniversary of city of
seeing Beata’s screen performance in Zycie Kamila Kuranta
the director of The Contemporary Theater in
“SZCZESLIWY BRZEG” (“LUCKY COAST”),
(with Jerzy Binczycki, Stanislawa Celinska, Wojciech Pokora) Film made for TV, dir. Andrzej
Konic. Beata was offered
to play a role of Pola - an energetic, strong and
passionate student who is excited that the Merchant Marine School has begun
to accept women into the program to become Captains. While eagerly preparing
for entrance exams she meets a real captain who is planning to retire. As they
are getting to know each other the Captain (Jerzy
Binczycki) finds that he can relate to her more than
his own daughter. He calls her his “
“NIECH NO TYLKO ZAKWITNA JABLONIE”, “LET THE APPLE TREES BLOSSOM”. Musical by Agnieszka Osiecka, Dir. Krzysztof Zaleski. Beata portrays characters from two generations: a mother “Suzanna the Virgin”, and then her daughter “Kasia Traktorzystka” in Wspolczesny Theater with Wojciech Michnikowski, Wojciech Wysocki, Adam Ferency, Krzysztof Kolberger, Pola Raksa. The play spans from the 1920’s to the present. This marks Beata’s solo singing debut. She was very fortunate to work with an orchestra under the direction of Wojciech Gluch. RECENZJA “Teatr”.
NIGHT’S DREAM”, Wspolczesny Theater,
L. SCHILLER, Wspolczesny Theater,
“I DIED TO LIVE”, Umarlem aby Zyc , film made for TV, Dir. Stanislaw Jedryka
“SNOW WHITE”, Krolowa sniegu, film made for TV, Dir. Barbara Borys-Damiecka
“THE RAIN”, “Deszcz”, by K.I. Galczynski, is a musical specially made for TV, Dir. Barbara Borys-Damiecka. A very romantic approach to singing the poetry of one of the most well known Polish poets. By public demand the program was repeated several times in a few months period.
supporter Father Popieluszko is murdered. Life is
very unpredictable in
“HAMLET ”, Hamlet
we wsi Glucha Dolna , by Ivo
Bresan, Dir. Olga Lipinska. Beata plays Ophelia. “Hamlet” was censored and put on shelves
for many years for it’s political content. Beata saw it for the first time in the
Beata starts working with Oscar winner Andrzej Wajda on “A CHRONICLE OF LOVE AFFAIRS”, Kronica Wypadkow Milosnych,.
Beata is selected to be the calendar girl for the Polish National Soccer Team.
“VIE EN IMAGES”,”Life in Pictures” as Alice Eber, (docudrama), Dir. Bozena Garus, Film Festival Award in France
Life story of Alicja Eber,
daughter of a well know Rabbi in Poland who was jailed for helping Jewish people.
While escaping to
|1988||“THE SHOEMAKERS”, Odyssey Theater. Within two weeks of moving to LA gets hired by director Kazimierz Braun to play the female lead in a political Witkacy play.|
“WHITE IN BAD LIGHT”, short, Dir. Fu Ding Cheng.
THEATRE DISCORDIA - Founding Director, Artistic Director, 1989 - Present
Theatre Discordia is a hybrid mixture of poetry reading, performance art, and circus antics. When THEATRE DISCORDIA lurches onto the stage one never knows whether one will be faced by a gospel singer in curlers, a street corner hot dog hawker in drag, or simply a projection of a tree. In the hands and words of Beata Pozniak... “A “poem” could become the juggling of bricks, four part harmony of hollering aerobicizers or a live pigeon suddenly flapping out of a coat collar.” With a talented troupe of performers and an ANYTHING GOES attitude, Beata stages scenarios ranging from the stark and beautiful to the nightmarish and madcap.
She draws upon seventeen years of acting experience including nearly twenty European film and TV projects and a MFA degree in Drama, yet at times Beata’s inspiration is more likely a fairy tale than a scholarly theory. The adventure of Theatre Discordia served up “Poetry Discordia”, a goulash of poetry, Chinese Proverbs and recycled sitcom scripts reincarnated to the tune of the star spangled banner. Other plays written and directed by Pozniak were “Poeticus Umbilicus”, “Immigration and the American Experience”, “Changing Flags”, “Return of Umbilicus”, and “We & They”.
“More than a fad” says Pozniak, “Theatre Discordia is a musical response to social disharmony. And it’s a free country. I don’t force people to listen”.
Created, Directed, Produced “POETRY
Pozniak continues to play and experiment with sounds, rhythm, words etc. : “Forming the battalion out of letters they walked proudly armed with metaphors of progress... poetry in chaos... poetry in motion ..Poetry Discordia”.
“VOICES FROM THE CAULDRON” (Actress, Co-writer, Co-Director, Co-Producer) -Bruchion Theater, re-discovering archetypes.
"TROUBLE ME” (Asst. Director) - music video for Natalie Merchant (10,000 Maniacs)
“THIRTY DOOR KEY”, Dir. Jerzy Skolimowski., (Robert Stephens, Crispin Glover)
“RAMONA”, Dir. Jonathan Sarno
FIRE WAS BURNING”,
Directed, Produced “POETICUS UMBILICUS” -
A dazzling multimedia spectacle. Beata uses poetry combined with performance, music, sound and visual wizardry in creating a captivating evening of cutting edge entertainment. Pozniak says “When the lights go up, the audience may be faced with a gospel singer in curlers, a straightforward staged reading of an “I Love Lucy” episode, or simply a projection of a talking tree.”
Wrote, Directed, Produced, “RETURN
OF UMBILICUS” -
Performance Art Show, LA Festival.
Building on the success of Poeticus Umbilicus, Beata and her company again use poetry to create a dazzling
multimedia spectacle through the marriage of performance, music and sound, and
visual wizardry. Armed with lasers, flashlights, megaphones, and dead bodies,
“The Return of Umbilicus” presents a goulash of contemporary poetry, Chinese
proverbs and tales of Umbilicus in this triumphant return to
“JFK”, as Marina Oswald (Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Sissy Spacek, Joe Pesci), Warner Bros., Dir. Oliver Stone
Beata’s American film debut that got her the SAG card! Playing a character like this, happens only once in a lifetime of an actor’s career - a historical figure who is still alive. “And there are as many theories as there are books you can read on the subject”. “So what am I playing?” She asked Stone. Beata lived with the real Marina Oswald, went through the 26 Volumes of Warren Commission Report, read a lot of books, every single magazine article, and looked at each graph. The facts she uncovered in her research gets her the top billing among the guest artists in the celebrated cast. Judge Jim Garrison said: “if this girl ever needed a job as my Assistant District Attorney - she has it!”
breakthrough in American TV. Almost every episode had at least a few
scenes with subtitles in nearly every language in the world (on National TV
unheard of! ). Very educational. The schools
Beata plays a student leader that wants to overthrow the Russian government.
Created, directed and produced
“IMMIGRATION AND THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - Raleigh Studios, (special appearance
by Peter Sellars) LA Poetry Festival, Prod.by
Theatre Discordia. Beata
finds immigrant published poets from all over the world that immigrated to
“MAD ABOUT YOU”, “Maid About You”, (Helen Hunt, Paul Reiser), Prod. Danny Jacobson, NBC, Dir. Barnet Kellman. As the title indicates - an artist Masha falls in love with Paul’s character and moves in as a Maid. Beata is Maid about Paul.
“WILD PALMS”, (Jim Belushi, Dana Delaney, Angie Dickinson), Dir. Keith Gordon, Peter Hewitt. Prod. Oliver Stone
“AT NIGHT THE SUN SHINES”, b&w short, Supervising Prod. Robert Wise, Dir. G. Real.
City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, Panelist, 1992-April 95, LA riots, curfew, Rodney King. Beata serves on the Committee to distribute city funds to people and organizations in need.
Celebrity Presenter, IFP (Independent Feature Project West) "Independent Spirit Awards", Best Foreign Picture
|1992 - 1995||
GREAT WRITERS SERIES, Met Theater, LA, (Dana Delaney, Helen Hunt, Bill
Directed, produced "WE & THEY”, (Reidar Johnsson, writer “My Life as a Dog”, James Ragan, Pulitzer nominee), Gallery Theater, Prod.by Theatre Discordia
Pozniak says: “I’m inspired by the ‘discord of the world’ in which I see a uniquely 20th-century style that declares anything goes and anything is possible.”
Created, directed and produced “CHANGING FLAGS”, Raleigh Studios, LA, Prod. Theatre Discordia, sponsored in part by the City Cultural Affairs Department.
Beata creates an experimental piece that combines poetry, dance and performance art by émigré poets expressing what it is to be in exile.
as Chair of Women in Film International - a non-profit organization which supports and promotes professional women in the entertainment industry. WIF
has over 4,000 members in
Group Show, Los Angeles City Hall Bridge Gallery, Time Capsule for the 21st Century 2093
Produced, created ‘INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY’ First Annual Award Show, Raleigh Studios with 100 year old artist Beatrice Woods, Le Ly Hayslip -life story “Heaven o Earth” dir. Oliver Stone, actress, Beah Richards, Oscar nominee “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”.
Women's Day - USA !
As a personal project, I have been working for the recognition of International Women's Day in the United States since 1991. For over 95 years, Women's Day - March 8th of every year - has been observed all over the world, but has yet to be officially endorsed by the U.S. government. After working with Congresswoman Maxine Waters for years, for the first time in U.S. history a bill commemorating International Woman's Day was introduced in both Houses (H.J.316) - and it finally passed in 1994. The following year on March 8, the First Lady, Hillary Clinton went to Copenhagen (the city where the very first passage of an IWD Bill was recorded) to speak about women’s rights. It was the first time ever that a First Lady would represent the country and show support of International Women’s Day.
For over eight decades, Women's Day has focused attention on the cultural, social, and economic diversity of women's lives. The first official International Women's Day was formed in Copenhagen on March 8th 1913 - a time when women were not allowed to study, work outside the home, belong to libraries, or join unions - the holiday was conceived to aid the international movement for women's suffrage, and more generally to raise awareness of women's struggles for equality. Today, International Women's Day is celebrated in most developed countries, filled with special celebrations, activities for schoolchildren, flowers and tributes to women.
I created an annual event to promote the idea of Women’s Day. Symbolically on one day, women come together, undivided by ethnic, cultural, linguistic, economic and political backgrounds, to celebrate a tradition that has been honored all over the world for over eighty years.
"Where We Have Been and What We Can Become..." is the theme for the annual celebration on March 8th. There is be a tribute to women worldwide which includes musical performances, readings from literature, poetry and politics honoring extraordinary women. We focus on human rights issues expressed by entertainers and political leaders. The day highlights the many ways in which women overcame personal obstacles achieving success in their individual fields including medicine, business, sports, music, film, etc.
I have been working on Women’s Day for nearly 10 years by getting a bill passed and finding many great women, true pioneers that do remarkable things who deserve to be honored. But I hope that one day we don’t need to designate a Woman’s Day because there will be so much equality in the world and women and men will be able to celebrate their achievement’s together. And maybe we’ll have just a People Day!"
I would be delighted and honored if you would join me in celebrating and promoting International Women's Day , March 8.
"HEAVEN”S TEARS", Dir. L. Simandl. Playing a Nazi was a challenge. Researching historical material, and interviewing war survivors was an emotional experience. Leni Refenstahl’s books and films added great insight to the character.
VG. Colossal Pictures, Electronic Arts, Dir. John Sanborn. Laina Pozok (Beata’s
character) is a psychic, but one day loses her powers. She encounters a psychic
block and hires a man to help her “feel” again, as well as “see” through people
and incidents. During their journey they do “mind hopping” with anyone they
come across. This is the first CD-ROM screened as a feature film
in a film festival (
"A MOTHER'S GIFT", (Nancy McKeon), CBS - MOW, Prod. Robert Halmi Jr.,
A story of three families sharing life together during President Lincoln’s era. It’s a rare opportunity to work on a character who ages 95 years.
Beata led efforts resulting in the very first bill passed by the US Congress and Senate officially recognizing International Women's Day - H.J.316.
Produced 2nd Annual ‘INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY’, Director’s Guild of America, Mustapha Akkad, producer of Lion in the Desert · Akosua Busia, artist, screenwriter “Beloved” and actress, The Color Purple · Julie Carmen, actress, Milagro Bean Field War · Jan Chapman, producer, The Piano · Doris Leader Charge, actress and translator of Dances With Wolves · Betty Friedan, activist and author, The Feminine Mystique · Tiana Thi Tranh Nga, creator, From Hollywood to Hanoi · Barbara Trent, Oscar winner, Panama Deception · Stevie Wonder, musician/composer
The Firebird Awards - celebrity presenter (winner Paul Maslansky)
Produced 3rd Annual ‘INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY’ The Writer’s Guild, Nenad Bach, film composer · Lydia Brazon, Executive Director, Humanitarian Law Project, Tantoo Cardinal, actress, Dances With Wolves ·Tippi Hedren, actress, The Birds, Dolores Huerta, co-founder, United Farm Workers · Miranda Richardson, actress · Olivia Schwartz, educator, co-founder, Children of Chernobyl · Anna Deavere Smith, professor, writer, performer, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 · Robin Swicord, screenwriter, co-producer, Little Women
"JAG", (David Elliot), Prod. Don Bellisario, Paramount TV Series, Dir. Raymond Austin
Unique storyline: a love relationship between an Israeli Agent and an African-American officer.
Directed "MEAT", by Alex Drenman, Bing Theater, Los Angeles, selected for The Fifteenth One - Act play Festival.
Produced 4th Annual ‘INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY’ Finnish Consul’s residence, Lumi Cavazos and Marco Leonardi, actors, Like Water for Chocolate. Fusia Podgorska, saved 13 people from holocaust, Fay Kanin, President Motion Picture and Film Academy.
Woman Show, Masks of Discord,
“DARK SKIES”, ( J.T.Walsh)
“ENEMY ACTION”, (C.T. Howell, Richard Lynch), Concorde Pictures, Dir. Brian Katkin. To shoot an action feature in 19 days... burning helicopters, crashing cars is a true adventure.
Produced the 5th Annual ‘INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY’ Museum of Tolerance, Alison Anders, writer/director, Gas, Food & Lodging · Brenda Blethyn, actress, Secrets & Lies · Rose Freedman, 105 year-old survivor of the Triangle Shirt Waist Co. fire · Irene Opdyke, saved many Jewish lives during WWII · Marcy Polier, founder of Entertainment Data, Inc. · Mitsuye Yamada, writer, survivor of Idaho concentration camp
Beata receives a recognition from Mayor Riordan ( with him and TEXT)
“END OF THE WORLD”, (Bob Wisdom), Dir. Lori Fontanes
“PENSACOLA”, (James Brolin) CBS, Dir.James Contner
“BABYLON 5”, (Bruce Boxleitner), FOX, Dir. Tony Dow
Warner Bros. makes trading cards on the popular character of President Suzanna Luchenko - the first female President of the World. EMMY campaign in Daily Variety.
“TRANSIT HEIMAT”, ( Mrs. Davidovich), Goethe Institute, LA, Dir. Louis Fantasia
Group Show, “Artists for Tom Hayden”, William Turner Gallery, Los Angeles
From the Heart”, Group Show, Directors Guild of
Beata becomes Founder and President of Women’s Day USA, the non-profit, non-partisan organization. Board members include: Producer Sarah Pillsbury, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Gloria Allred, Gloria Steinem, Holly Hunter, Gale Anne Hurd, Peter Dekom, and George Spiro Dibie, ASC as Vice President
Celebrity Presenter, International Humanitarian Awards - posthumously to Audrey Hepburn. (LINK: USA TODAY) Other Awardees: Martin Scorsese, Jim Sheridan, Robert Wise etc. Presenters: Nicolas Cage, Shelly Winters.
Group Shows: Patricia Correa Gallery, Four Seasons Hotel, Turner Gallery - many pieces were auctioned for The Chase Foundation, Women In Film, Women’s Day USA and other charities, political campaigns, (group shows included Dennis Hopper, Robert Graham, etc).
6th Annual ‘INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY’ Director’s Guild of America,
“BABYLON 5 - INTO THE FIRE”, video game, Dir. Janet Greek
Exhibit with Andy Warchol, Dennis Hopper, Robert Graham, Todd Gray, Sam Francis, Frank Gehry, Keith Haring, John Baldessari, George Hurrell, R.B.Kitaj, Ed Moses, Jean-Michel Basquiat etc. The LA County Museum curator puts together top artists work to be auctioned for The Chase Foundation. “What an honor to be included among the cream of the crop in the art world and at the same time so humbling to be able to contribute to a children’s hospital” - says Beata.
“SUGAR HILL” (Charlie Sheen, Joe Pantoliano), Dreamworks.
Produced 7th Annual ‘INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY’, Tiffany Theater, hosted by author of “Unstoppable” Cynthia Kersey with actor Paul Sorvino, Donzaleigh Abernathy, actress in "Any Day Now", author, speaker and daughter of Reverend Dr. Ralph Abernathy, Dyan Cannon, actress, Ron Maxwell, director of "Gettysburg", actress Brenda Blethyn.
“SCHOOL IN HIGH HEELS” (“Klasa na obcasach”- TV series Poland)
Yes, you guessed - Beata plays the “Heels”...
of Ceremonies - Women’s Leadership Awards, The Entertainment
Morpheus Gallery - “Surrealism X 3” - exhibit, Los Angeles
European Gallery - “Works on paper”, New York
|2001||Directed, wrote, produced a short film “ONE”|