László Upor



Freeszfe Society, Budapest


László is a dramaturg, literary translator, essayist and university professor. He is specialised in contemporary drama and performing arts. He has worked both with mainstream companies and with a great number of independent artists, physical and puppet theatres. He has published two books and numerous articles on theatre, film, and contemporary circus. His translations include novels, non-fiction and over 50 stage plays.

He is former Vice Rector/ Acting Rector of University of Theatre and Film Arts (SzFE) in Budapest where he taught for over three decades. He is founding member of Freeszfe Society, formed by students and faculty who left SzFE after a long battle with the Hungarian government.

At THE NEW INSTITUTE, László served as a Yehudit and Yehuda Elkana Fellow in the Academic Year 2022/23.

  • What gives you hope?
    Listening to the old and wise gives me comfort as they talk about things I only wish to know. Working with the young and creative makes me all excited since they are creating structures I will not even understand. Comfort and excitement: hope. If only.

  • How does change happen?
    In gentle waves and by occasional earthquakes. Long and boring, seemingly futile, periods of studies, experiments and preparation succeeded by sudden and surprising shifts.

  • What is the best advice you ever got?
    “Do not take my advice!”


Almost Coincidental – Successive Approximation of Tom Stoppard , in Koinonia Publishers, 2009

Long live Kinoppio!, a play for puppets, 2011

Angels in America by Tony Kushner – Part 1 and 2, Hungarian translation for the stage, 1993/2019

PC Talks, a series of dialogues with American theatre makers/academics –, 2022

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