Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Modjeska Club Presents Actress and Author Beata Pozniak, Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 7 pm

BEATA POŹNIAK

The Modjeska Club is pleased to present actress and author Beata Pozniak on Saturday, February 27, 2021, at 7 pm via Zoom.  The program will include video and a live performance, as well as interview by Maja Trochimczyk and Elizabeth Kanski. The meeting room information will be distributed to guests and members of the Club via email. 

 

Beata Poźniak, an actress, voice over artist, activist, painter and poet. She narrated the #1 bestseller, “The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great”, a 19 hour audiobook for Random House, where she made use of her European background in bringing to life the 78 characters and their colorful accents.   After embodying one of the most intriguing women in history, she read another 19 hour story of the “Empress of the Night: A Novel of Catherine the Great”.  This was followed by a teen romance/adventure/sci-fi thriller, “The Illuminae Files”, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, which won an AUDIE Award.  After that, she co-narrated “The Tsar of Love and Techno” by Anthony Maara which was selected in the Top 5 Best Audiobooks of the year by The Washington Post.  “Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead”, the finalist for the Man Booker International Prize by a NOBEL Prize winner in Literature, Olga Tokarczuk read by Beata, which earned her an EARPHONES Award for Best Performance and interpretation. 


Also, recently she narrated and produced the European Homer Award winning book, “Libretto for the Desert” poetry dedicated to the victims of genocide and war for which she received the 2019 International Maria Konopnicka Award. And was nominated for the 2019 Voice Arts Award. For ‘The Light in Hidden Places” by Scholastic, she received an 2020 Earphones Award and a 2020 Voice Arts Award nomination in the Outstanding Audiobook Narration Category https://soundcloud.com/beata-pozniak/light-in-hidden-places-scholastic-audio . For performing LIVE at The HAMMER Museum Wislawa Szymborska’s poetry, she was nominated for a Voice Arts Award https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haV8ltlVuVI&t=17s 

Beata won the 2020 Voice Arts Award in the "Outstanding Video Game Character - Best Performance" Category for voicing Skarlet, the Blood Queen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tY2mKe2vr4  In the almost 30 years of the Mortal Kombat franchise, Beata is the first actor to receive such a prestigious honor for voicing one of the characters.

  •  “Beata Pozniak is the Empress of Audiobooks." Hollywood Today 
  • “Narrator Beata Poźniak is a master of the many accents.”  AudioFile Magazine  
  • “Beata Poźniak is the first non-native English speaking narrator hired by the largest publisher in the world – Random House…” The Hollywood Times

On screen she is remembered as Gary Oldman’s on-screen wife, Marina Oswald in Oliver Stone’s eight times Oscar nominated film “JFK” and the first female President of the World in the hit SCI-FI series “Babylon 5”.  On “Mad About You” played Helen Hunt’s and Paul Reiser’s maid, then Irene, a revolutionary overthrowing the Russian government in George Lucas’s “Young Indiana Jones: Russian Revolution 1917”, and a double agent working for the CIA and Mossad on the hit TV series “JAG” .

 Recently she played a cameo in a feature based on true facts about 1930’s genocide Holodomor - “Mr. Jones” – she plays a historical figure, a journalist that gets deported from Soviet Union for reporting to the west. She played Beata, an actress a WW2 survivor in “All These Voices” for which it won a student OSCAR. On “Melrose Place” she played Dr. Fielding a single mom marrying a gay character, who becomes a father to her child . She also narrated documentaries such as, “The Officer’s Wife” about the mass murder of Polish officers in the Katyn forrest and co-narrated “Freedom from Despair”, a film about communism, which won several Awards and received an honorable mention in the US Congress. As a co-producer, she is proud to be associated with "An Unknown Country” which received a nomination for EMMY Award for Best Documentary.


An Earphones Award Winner and a Voice Arts Award Winner – “this is a very special honor for me particularly that not long ago it would have been unthinkable to cast a female voice over actress and narrator for whom English was a second language. These voice awards are proof that in the immortal words of Bob Dylan, “The times they are a-changin’.”.    

Beata has directed multi award winning experimental film poems. “People on the Bridge”  is inspired by Hiroshige Utagawa ukiyo - art piece and a poem written by Nobel Prize winner Wislawa Szymborska.  “Mnemosyne – International Women’s Day” is based on a poem and a painting that Pozniak created https://www.amazon.com/Beata-Pozniak-March-International-Womens/dp/B00KVVCJAM . The work depicts a community of all races of the world in a female form. It evokes the achievements of women along their struggle for peace and equality in the face of discrimination and war. 


Pozniak has also written and directed experimental stage plays based on poetry. Among them are “Immigration and the American Experience”, “Poeticus Umbilicus” or “We and They”.  The later and “The Return of Umbilicus” was selected for the Peter Sellars’s International Theatre Festival. As a poet, in 2019 she was invited by the Yale Club to read her work. Her poems have been translated into Armenian, Greek, Korean and Polish. Last year, her poems were published in Swansea “The Seventh Quarry Poetry”  and also in Bengali – Bilingual Poetry Magazine “Shabdaguchha”. This year her poetry is included in “Musings During a Time of Pandemic - A Wold Anthology of Poems on COVID-19” and “I Can’t Breathe: A Poetic Anthology of Fresh Air” a compilation of poems that focuses on racism, colonialism, slavery, freedom, justice and human rights. Beata is a human rights activist, and introduced the first bill in the history of US Congress to recognize officially International Women’s Day in the United States. 

For several years Beata served and serves as one of the Judges for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Awards. She is a classically trained actress and holds a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Film and Drama and for several years served on the faculty at USC - Masters Degree Program. 

More info: https://www.beata.com

https://www.huffpost.com/author/beata-pozniak

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beata_Po%C5%BAniak

 https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beata_Po%C5%BAniak

Videos to enjoy:

1) https://youtu.be/nd5lA2WOI0Y

2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tY2mKe2vr4

3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haV8ltlVuVI&t=17s

4) https://youtu.be/6xxPflVsmqs

5) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMzZ3OulfeI

6) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXuEXnZtXJA



Thursday, January 28, 2021

Dr. Iwona D. Korga Presents the Pilsudski Institute of America, Sunday, January 31,2021 at 4 pm on Zoom

Pilsudski Institute in America, photo Marek Zielinski
Video from the Event: https://youtu.be/a6dihbNHiKo

Helena Modjeska Art and Culture Club is honored to invite members and friends of the Cclub to a lecture and presentation in the Zoom format on Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 4 pm. 

Dr. Iwona D. Korga President and Executive Director of the Pilsudski Institute will appear in the program illustrated with video and slides:

Instytut Piłsudskiego w Ameryce - historia, ludzie i działalność
The Piłsudski Institute in America - history, people and activity

The presentation will be in Polish.

We will send invitations to members and guests via email. If someone uses a name in Zoom that is different from their own name (iPhoneuser, phone number, Admin, etc.), please send the information by e-mail to the president@modjeska.org. 


IWONA KORGA

President and Executive Director of the Józef Piłsudski Institute in America, historian, researcher of the Polish community. Dr. Korga comes from Krakow and has lived in New York since 1991. She has been associated with the Piłsudski Institute since 1994, first as a librarian and archivist, then as deputy diretor, executive director since 2005, and finally the president since 2016.

A graduate of MA studies in the field of history (1991) of the Pedagogical University in Krakow, she received the doctor of humanities degree from the same university  in 2004. In New York in 2008, she completed a Master's degree in Information Science and Library Science at Queens College (CUNY). She also worked as Polish teacher in high school classes at the Polish Saturday School at the parish of St. Cyril and Methodius in Brooklyn (from 2014), and, in the years 1995-2001, at the School of Polish Culture and Language St. John Paul II in Maspeth, NY.

She actively participates in scholarly conferences in the United States and Europe, organizes and conducts educational programs, workshops and history lessons for students of Polish and American schools as part of the Polish-English bilingual program. Dr. Korga is the creator and co-author of the educational portal of the Piłsudski Institute entitled poznajhistorie.org. This portal conducts training for teachers in Polish history.

Dr. Korga is the author of the book (2011) entitled Poland is Fighting! The propaganda policy of the Polish government-in-exile towards the American society 1939-1945. [Polska Walczy ! Polityka propagandowa rządu polskiego na uchodźstwie wobec społeczeństwa amerykańskiego 1939-1945] and of many popular historical articles in the Polish press in the USA and in scholarly periodicals.

In the years 2004-2018 she was a member of the board of the Polish American Historical Association, in the years 2016-2018 she served as the Second Vice President. Since 2018, he has been a member of the board of directors of the Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union.

Recipient of the following honors from the government of Poland: the Gold Cross of Merit, the Silver Medal for Merit to Culture - Gloria Artis, the Medal of the National Education Commission and, in 2018, the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.


PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT