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BIOGRAPHY  |  ALBIN BALINT

Albin Balint is a production manager, director and producer who has been working in diverse European theatrical environments since 1993.

 

Upon finishing his vocal training, piano studies and secondary education in Drama and Theatre Studies, he attended Budapest University where he graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in Aesthetics and Theatre Studies. Linking theory with practice, during his academic years he also attended international masterclasses in various genres of theatre, dance and movement techniques including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Broadway Musical, Alexander and Feldenkrais Technique, Biomechanics, Psychological Gesture and Butoh.

 

Since 2002 he has been a Director of the Adyak Youth Theatre Company, adapting, translating, directing and producing award-winning youth stage versions of British and American musicals, earning him and his Company several Grand and First Prizes (2002, 2003, 2005, 2016), as well as Special Awards for Best Direction (2002, 2005, 2016). For his work with Adyak, Albin also received prestigious invitations to various international theatre projects and festivals (Denmark, Finland, Italy, Portugal, United Kingdom), and in 2002 was also appointed as Assistant Director at the Budapest Operetta and Musical Theatre, Hungary’s premier repertory musical theatre.

 

After having moved to the UK in 2005, he gained his second Master of Arts Degree in Musical Theatre Producing from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2008. From then on he continued his work as a freelance theatre practitioner on an international scale focusing on developing, staging, production managing and producing both classic and new works of straight and musical theatre.

 

Returning to Hungary in 2012, between 2012 and 2014 Albin worked as Production Manager of Budapest-based Momentán Improv Theatre, one of Hungary's leading improvisational theatre companies.

 

In 2014, in his hometown, Debrecen, he was appointed as an Arts Manager of Főnix Event Management NPO, a city council-led arts organisation which is responsible for programming Debrecen's main cultural events and international festivals throughout the year. Since then, Albin has been responsible for the theatrical programming of the local Kölcsey Cultural Centre, Nagyerdei Open Air Theatre and Főnix Hall, as well as for production managing 'Carnival Night at the Stadium', the closing gala ceremony of Debrecen's annual Flower Carnival each year at Debrecen's Nagyerdei Stadium.

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