Zofia Dworakowska – holds a Ph.D. in cultural studies; anthropologist of culture, theatre studies scholar, researcher of different forms of cultural participation, socially engaged art and issues connected with qualitative methodology. In the years 2009-2019 she was the Head of the Culture Animation specialization. Now, she is the Head of the Social Arts Master studies program and the co-leader of the Theatre Pedagogy Postgraduate studies program.
She has edited: CZ/PL. Theatre after reconstruction (2008), Wolność w systemie zniewolenia. Rozmowy o polskiej kontrkulturze [Freedom in Times of Enslavement. Conversations about Polish Counterculture], (edited together with Aldona Jawłowska, 2008), Creative Communities. Field Notes (edited together with Joanna Kubicka, 2012), Grotowski – narracje [Grotowski – narrations] (collective edition, 2013) and Tysiąc i jedna noc. Związki Odin Teatret z Polską [A thousand and one nights. The connections of Odin Teatret with Poland] (2014).
She co-ordinated socio-artistic projects funded by European Union: HANDMADE – Culture animation: learning through practice (2008-2009); LOCALISE – Study trip as model of research, education and practice in vocational training in culture animation and community work. She was also the Polish co-ordinator of the DNA – Development of New Art (2009-2010) – a project funded by the European Union program Culture 2007-2013, 2014-2015: Residency: Developing a model of arts residency applied to civic engagement („Leonardo da Vinci”).
As an expert she worked among others for: the Cultural Office of Warsaw City Council, the Polish Ministry of Culture and the Theatre Institute in Warsaw. She curated festivals: „Theatre in Public Space” (Warsaw, 2010), “ZWYKI – Folk Theatre Festival” (Warsaw, 2011, 2013), and the exhibition „Miasto w działaniu” (Art Inkubator, Łódź, 2014), the program „Mów za siebie” (Instytut Teatralny im. Z. Raszewskiego, 2014- 2017), the artistic residency of the Plattformer collective (Residency 2015). She is a member of a social council of culture affiliated with the President of Warsaw.