Eszter Orbán


Eszter Orbán
Photographer: József Csapó
dramaturg
Education and training:
Eötvös Loránd University Faculty of Humanities, Department of English Studies (1992-1997)
University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest, Department of Dramatic Theory (1997-1998)
University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest, Department of Dramaturgy (1998-2003)
University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest, Doctoral School (doctoral candidate) (2007-)

Professional career:
Freelance dramaturg and translator (2003-October 2008)
Örkény Theatre, Blog the Theatre, international project manager (October 2007-June 2008)
Vörösmarty Theatre, Székesfehérvár, dramaturg (October 2008-August 2010)
Vörösmarty Theatre, Székesfehérvár, artistic consultant (June 2011-August 2011)
Vörösmarty Theatre, Székesfehérvár, literary associate (September 2011-August 2013)
Münchner Kammerspiele, assistant dramaturg (7 January 2014-8 March 2014)
Thalia Theater, Hamburg, dramaturgical intern (10 March 2014-21 March 2014)
Freelance dramaturg and translator (April 2014-October 2014)
Hungarian State Opera, dramaturg (October 2014-)

Other professional activities:
Freelance language teacher and translator (1994-2003)
Teacher - School of Business, Székesfehérvár, acting program (September 2009-June 2011)
Office manager - T.T. Filmműhely production company, Budapest (October 2010-June 2011)
Head of an English-language drama course as part of an educational project (October 2012-September 2013)
Teacher - Pesti Magyar Drama Academy (September 2013-January 2014) Pesti Magyar Színház

Literary translations:
Kander-Ebb-Masteroff: Cabaret (prose part)
Michael Frayn: Copenhagen
April de Angelis: A Laughing Matter
Hanoch Levin: The Labour of Life
Hanoch Levin: Thrill my Heart
Dea Loher: Diebe (Thieves)
Israela Margalit: Trio

Language skills:
English, advanced
Italian, advanced
German, intermediate
French, intermediate

Membership in professional associations:
Guild of Hungarian Theatre Dramaturgs, board member
Open Forum of Contemporary Hungarian Drama, member of the preparatory committee
Hungarian Association of Literary Translators, member
Association of Hungarian Journalists, member

Major theatrical projects:

2001/2002
J. Cassavettes: Husbands (an adaptation of Cassavettes's film Husbands ), director: Péter Galambos, Gárdonyi Géza Theatre, Eger
L. Sáry: The Adorjáns and the Jenős(opera), director: Mária Harangi, Millenáris Theatre
L. Király: The Blind (opera), director: Gergely Romvári, Millenáris Theatre

2002/2003
H. Böll: The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum, director: Péter Galambos, Gárdonyi Géza Theatre, Eger
R. Leoncavallo: Pagliacci, director: Gergely Romvári, Ódry Stage

2003/2004
W. Shakespeare: Measure for Measure, director: Péter Galambos, Vörösmarty Theatre, Székesfehérvár (new dramatic adaptation using a translation by Dezső Mészöly)
Á. Németh: Müller's Dancers, director: Péter Galambos, Petőfi Theatre, Veszprém
M. McDonagh: The Beauty Queen of Leenane, director: Sándor Guelmino, Madách Chamber Theatre
Drunk but Sober (A dramatic version of Péter Müller's novella written by Eszter Orbán and Péter Galambos), director: Péter Galambos, Budapest Chamber Theatre Shure Studio
T. Johnson: The Four Note Opera, director: Gergely Romvári, Millenáris Theatre
(Invited into the Szeged Alternative Theatre Festival's competition programme)

2004/2005
W. Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream, director: Péter Galambos, Vörösmarty Theatre, Székesfehérvár
D. Kosztolányi: Anna Édes, director: Sándor Guelmino, Vörösmarty Theatre, Székesfehérvár

2005/2006
A. Miller: A View from the Bridge, director: Sándor Guelmino, Petőfi Theatre of Sopron
April de Angelis: A Laughing Matter, director: Miklós Szurdi, Vörösmarty Theatre, Székesfehérvár (literary translator)
E. Albee: A Delicate Balance, director: Péter Galambos, National Theatre of Szeged

2006/2007
M. McDonagh: The Lonesome West, director: Sándor Guelmino, Vörösmarty Theatre, Székesfehérvár
N. Kolyada: Murlin Murlo, director: Sándor Guelmino, Örkény István Theatre (stage version based on György Spiró's translation written by Eszter Orbán and Sándor Guelmino)

2007/2008
M. McDonagh: The Beauty Queen of Leenane, director: István Kolos, Vörösmarty Theatre, Székesfehérvár
Based on the tales of W. Hauff and E.T.A. Hoffmann: Did I ever tell you the one about..., director: Mária Harangi, National Theatre

2008/2009
R. Thomas: 8 femmes (8 Women), director: Zoltán Lendvai, Vörösmarty Theatre, Székesfehérvár

2009/2010
F. Molnár: The Play at the Castle, director: Péter Galambos, Vörösmarty Theatre, Székesfehérvár
A. Miller: A View from the Bridge, director: Sándor Guelmino, Petőfi Theatre, Veszprém
A. Chekhov: The Cherry Orchard, director: Sándor Guelmino, Vörösmarty Theatre, Székesfehérvár
T. Williams: A Streetcar Named Desire, director: Mária Harangi, Vörösmarty Theatre, Székesfehérvár

2010/2011
C. Kiss: The Lady of the Camellias, director: Csaba Kiss, Pesti Magyar Theatre
Subjective writing and editing regarding the production on the online magazine, www.kamelias.hu

2011/2012
L. Baum-S. Silló-G. Ferenczi: The Wizard of Oz, director: Sándor Silló, Vörösmarty Theatre, Székesfehérvár
I. Margalit: Trio, director: Péter Galambos, Vörösmarty Theatre, Székesfehérvár

2012/2013
A. Ayckbourne: Mr A's Amazing Maze Plays, director: Mária Harangi, Pelikán Chamber Theatre, Székesfehérvár
P. Marber: Closer, director: Sándor Guelmino, Vörösmarty Theatre, Székesfehérvár
C. Collodi-S. Fontanelli: Pinocchio, director: Mária Harangi, Kolibri Theatre

2014/2015
H. Galdron: Mikve, director: Sándor Guelmino, Jászai Mari Theatre, Tatabánya
R. Wagner: Das Rheingold, director: Géza M. Tóth
N. Rota: Il cappello di paglia di Firenze (The Florentine Straw Hat), director: Balázs Sipos
K. Goldmark: The Queen of Sheba, director: Csaba Káel

Performances

2019. September 10.2019-09-10
The Queen of Sheba (Die Königin von Saba) — Tel Aviv
2019. November 7.2019-11-07
Rigoletto
2019. November 9.2019-11-09
Rigoletto
2019. November 13.2019-11-13
La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West)
2019. November 14.2019-11-14
Rigoletto
2019. November 15.2019-11-15
La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West)
2019. November 16.2019-11-16
Rigoletto
2019. November 17.2019-11-17
La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West)
2019. November 22.2019-11-22
La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West)
2019. November 23.2019-11-23
Rigoletto
2019. November 24.2019-11-24
La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West)
2020. February 7.2020-02-07
The Master and Margarita
2020. February 9.2020-02-09
The Master and Margarita
2020. February 14.2020-02-14
The Master and Margarita
2020. February 16.2020-02-16
The Master and Margarita
2020. February 26.2020-02-26
Siegfried-idyll / Chrysanthemums
2020. February 27.2020-02-27
Siegfried-idyll / Chrysanthemums
2020. February 28.2020-02-28
Siegfried-idyll / Chrysanthemums
2020. February 29.2020-02-29
Siegfried-idyll / Chrysanthemums
2020. February 29.2020-02-29
Siegfried-idyll / Chrysanthemums
2020. March 13.2020-03-13
Bánk bán
2020. March 15.2020-03-15
Bánk bán
2020. March 20.2020-03-20
Bánk bán
2020. March 22.2020-03-22
Bánk bán
2020. April 18.2020-04-18
Un ballo in maschera
2020. April 22.2020-04-22
Un ballo in maschera
2020. April 23.2020-04-23
Manon Lescaut
2020. April 24.2020-04-24
Un ballo in maschera
2020. April 25.2020-04-25
Manon Lescaut
2020. April 30.2020-04-30
Manon Lescaut
2020. May 2.2020-05-02
Un ballo in maschera
2020. May 3.2020-05-03
Manon Lescaut
2020. May 26.2020-05-26
The Master and Margarita
2020. May 28.2020-05-28
The Master and Margarita