Zoltán Zubornyák

culture manager

He has been managing the Ferencváros Cultural Centre, a venue staging numerous pieces; hosting many concerts, alongside exhibitions and various courses, since 2004, for which reason he is also responsible for managing the following institutions:

Local History Collection

This institution helps gain insight into the history of Ferencváros named after Emperor Francis I on 4 December 1792; collects and processes written material that still exists, as well as artefacts. The Local Government of Ferencváros purchased an apartment located in a building under Pipa Street 4 back in 1997, which was transformed and made suitable for storing the material collected up till this point, as well as for organising exhibitions.

József Attila Memorial Place

The great Hungarian and European poet Attila József was born in Ferencváros. A memorial room was set up in his honour and to commemorate the poet at Gát Street 3, where visitors had the opportunity to gain insight into the life and works of the poet. However, this space proved insufficient, which is why the management of the institution – hand in hand with the Local Government of the 9th District – set up this exhibition in a space double its original size and also extended its contents, which was ceremoniously opened on 11 April 2002, the Day of Poetry.

Ferencváros Pince Gallery

This Gallery was opened in 1967 pursuant to the efforts of Zoltán Xantus. According to the intentions of the official cultural policy of this era, the Gallery assumed a sort of vent function in the cultural life of Budapest.
As a substitute for the blacklisted Industrial Plan exhibitions, this is where the upcoming generation of young artists had the opportunity to organise their exhibitions dubbed avant-garde.
Exhibitions are organised at this Gallery to this day, which assumes the task of presenting every relevant school of contemporary fine and applied art. Its other key role involves introducing young professional artists making their debut to the audience and the general public. The past 17 years has demonstrated that the concept was indeed a good one, as a result of which the Gallery evolved into a popular and prestigious exhibition hall.

Festival of Ferencváros

Open-air performances were first organised on Bakáts Square in 1993. Various genres of chamber music pieces were staged back then. The audience deemed that these pieces were undoubtedly successful, which was also widely publicised. This excellent reception and exceptional interest shown lead to the idea of launching the summer festival organised each year.

This event has been called Ferencváros Festival of Games since 1994. Initially, the programme mainly featured classical and pop concerts, chamber and symphony orchestra concerts, whilst productions created by other theatre workshops were invited as guest performers on the stage erected. The programme has since become more diverse. Later on, the programme extended to include dance and ballet performances, as well as musical performances specifically designed by the Festival for this space. An all-encompassing performing arts festival eventually unfolded. This programme has been called Ferencváros Festival since 2007.

During the many years of his directorship he designed and directed numerous concerts, theatrical performances, exhibitions, as well as various open-air programmes with the help of my 41 associated employees.

Several tens of thousands of people have visited our exhibitions and around 10,000 people visited the Ferencváros Festival in 2010, whilst each season a total of 10-12,000 people come along to pieces staged at the Pince Theatre (14 pieces per month on average).

theatre manager

He was the director of Jászai Mari Theatre for 5 years.

Pince Theatre

In January 2007 Pince Theatre (a small theatre operating from the cellar of a building in the very heart of the city) set the aim of following in the footsteps of the legendary creative workshop that unfolded during the 60s and 70s. The creative and cultural approach of the theatre is represented by chamber plays with one, two or three characters played by outstanding Hungarian artists. Our performances fill a cultural gap in the sense that the majority of these are not staged in big theatres with a regular troupe of actors.

cultural creative

Aranytíz Youth Community Centre, Art Director (2001 - 2004)
Esztergom Summer Fest, Art Director (2000- 2001)
Leader of Ráday Kultucca cultural event (2008-2010)


Together with János Móka, they were the first in Hungary to elaborate specialized practical training for theatre education - education of theatre practice identical with and based on the English Theatre in Education (TIE) and Drama in Education programs.

This training was launched in the Zsámbék Teacher Training College (now Apor Vilmos Catholic University College) in 1998.

He is assistant professor at ELTE and King Sigismund College. He leads workshops at Komlósi media school.


Organization of Ünnepi Filmhét (Film Week) for the 60th birthday of István Szabó, film director with public meetings and film screenings

Organization of the first National Professional Theatre Conference, Exhibition and Fair

Creation and organization of the Tata Summer Theatre Nights

Organization of the Weöres Sándor National Children's Theatre Festival

Budapest Spring Festival, organization of Pasolini Week in 2000 and 2005

Organization of Europe Day in Tata

Management and implementation of Jancsó 80 Week (with Nikita Mikhalkov) events

In the Millennium Year, founder of the initiative to erect a life-size bronze Jászai Mari statue from public donations created by György Szabó, Munkácsy awarded sculptor

Former junior Hungarian champion in epee (team) and member in the Hungarian Team. Lyricist awarded with ARANY ZSIRÁF Hungarian Pop Award

Member of the Friends of Theatre and Art Association (organization of national-scale events)

Founding member of the Sikeres Ferencvárosért Egyesület (Association for Successful Ferencváros), and of Ferencvárosi Lokálpatrióta Egyesület (Association of Friends of Ferencváros)


Repertoire Pieces

November 2000Sándor Márai: Kaland (play about seduction, love, loneliness, selfishness and carrier) 19 December, 2002Sándor Márai: Válás Budán (marriage, love and divorce – a strange „love square”) January 2007Puncsék karácsonya (Christmas puppet-show) January 2007Wilhelm Hauff: A kis mukk története (fairy play about a poor boy seeking happiness) 9 February, 2007Zoltán Egressy: Vesztett éden (historic tragedy about the life of Imre Madách Hungarian playwright) 16 February, 2007Attila József: Szabad-ötletek jegyzéke két ülésben (poems of the famous Hungarian poet, Attila József, within a framework of free associations) 23 March, 2007István Vajda: Pedig én jó anya voltam (documentary drama about the last death penalty inflicted in Hungary) April-May, 2007Ki kért meg, hogy énekelj? (songs performed by a famous Hungarian actor, Róbert Koltai) 2 July, 2007István Verebes: Sorsjáték (talk show) 20 September, 2007Gyula Urbán: Minden egér szereti a sajtot (Every Mouse Likes Cheese – fairy play) 9 October, 2007Opera prózában Kaposi Gergellyel (Opera talk show with Gergely Kaposi) 2 November, 2007EXIT – international play – a story of those who did not want to stay 1 December, 2007Dosztojevszkij: Nasztaszja Filippovna 2 December, 2007Tin Andersén Axell: Garbo (the author’s novel adapted for stage) 14 December, 2007Pikáns zsoltár - Pápai Erika Mezei Mária estje (songs of Mária Mezei by Erika Pápay) 25 November, 2007Pincekoncertek az opera csillagaival (Opera concert series) 10 January, 2008Co.ffein projects - Frenák Pál Táncosaival (dance performance) 16 February, 2008István Csukás - Ferenc Darvas: Ágacska (fairy play) 8 March, 2008Martin Sherman - Attila Galambos - Tamás Arany: Isadora (one day of the boisterous marriage of Isadora Duncan and Szergej Jeszenyin – musical) 29 March, 2008Ervin Lázár: The boy and the lions – fairy play 9 May, 2008William Gibson: Two for the Seesaw 3 October, 2008Bengt Ahlfors: The last cigar 16 November, 2008Harold Pinter: Betrayal 9 January, 2009Sándor Márai: Az igazi (Márai’s short novel adapted for stage) 10 January, 2009Mese a Kutyusról meg a Cicusról (fairy play about a kitten and a puppy) 22 March, 2009Győrei - Schlachtovszky: Drakula vajda, Mátyás királynak rabja (play about an infamous historic figure, Vlad Tepes, and King Mathias) 11 April, 2009Kukacmatyi (fairy play) 24 April, 2009Csaba Kiss: Esti próba (Zampano és Gelsomina) 20 September, 2009Pince Cabaret 16 October, 2009Arnold Wesker: Annie Wobbler 14 November, 2009Evelyne de la Cheneliere: Strawberries in january 5 February, 2010Leonyid Zorin: Warsaw Melody 19 February, 2010Chloe Moss: Christmas is Miles Away 18 May, 2010Sándor Márai: Fizess nevetve! (ironic short stories adapted for stage) 24 September, 2010Keresztanya (Godmother – a gipsy fairy tale adapted for stage) 23 October, 2010Karnauhova- Brausevich: The scarlet flower

Guest Performances played

9 November, 2007Nevető tollak 17 November, 2007Edward Albee: Who is Afraid of Virginia Woolf 17 January, 2008Improvisation theatre 24 February, 2008 Kezitcsókolom – performance by Kálmán Hollai 11 May, 2009Mihály Babits: Dagály (play inspired by a beautiful poem of the famous Hungarian poet, Mihály Babits) 24 May, 2009Alina Nelega: Rudolf Hess' Ten Commandments (Aradi színház) 17 September, 2010Better than Sex – musical from London


Goldoni: Mirandolina
Exupéry: The Little Prince
Murell: Memoir
Brandon Thomas - Aldobolyi: Charley's Aunt
Friedrich Schiller: Love and Intrigue
Valentin Katayev: Squaring the Circle
Cy Coleman: I Love My Wife
Lars Norén: Night Is Mother to the Day
Christopher Hampton: Illuminations
Andrew Lloyd Webber: Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Erich Kastner: Emil and the Detectives
Beaumarchais: The Marriage of Figaro
Alain Ayckburn: Bedroom Farce
Ernő Szép: Krémes
Péter Boldizsár: Aprószentek
Ferenc Molnár: A Pál utcai fiúk
Endre Fejes – Gábor Presser: Jó estét nyár, jó estét szerelem
Duval - Nádas- Szenes: Potyautas
Gábor Vaszary: Bubus

art director

1996 Tibor Miklós: Légy jó mindhalálig (musical)
1996 István Békeffy: A régi nyár (musical)
1996 János Bródy: Kőműves Kelemen (rock ballad)
1996 Thomas Robert: Piége pour un homme seul
1996 Julian Slade: Winnie the Pooh
1996 Zsolt Pozsgai: Szeretlek, Faust
1996 Carlo Goldoni: Locandiera
1996 Beila Anna – Valló Péter: A kis herceg
1997 Péter Boldizsár: Aprószentek
1997 Julius Brammer – Alfred Grünwald: Das Vilchen vom Montmartre (light opera)
1997 Miklós Benedek: Utazás a koponyám körül (monodrama)
1997 Brandon Thomas: Charley’s Aunt (musical comedy)
1997 Friedrich Schiller: Kabale und Liebe (tragedy)
1997 Sándor Török: A Pál utcai fiúk
1997 Béla Horgas: Hóbogyó és Kányavér
1997 Paul Schönthan – Franz Schöntan: Der Raub der Sabinerinnen (musical comedy)
1997 Per Olov Enquist: Képcsinálók
1997 István Csukás: Ágacska
1997: Angelo Beolco Ruzante: La Moscheta (comedy)
1998 András Nagy: A papagáj
1998 Ede Szigligeti: Liliomfi (comedy)
1998 Gyula Kovács: Az odulakó
1998 Áron Tamási: Énekes madár
1998 Deval Jacques: La Prétentaine (comedy)
1998 Howard Ashman: Little Shop of Horrors(musical horror parody)
1998 Georges Feydeau: Chat en poche (comedy)
1998 Lars Norén: Natten ar dagens mor
1998 Moliere: Le Tartuffe ou L’Imposteur
1998 Éva Schubert – Károly Horváth: Piaf Piaf (musical)
1998 Frank Wedekind: Frühlings Erwachen
1999 Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais: Le Mariage de Figaro La Folle Journée
1999 Roberto Athayde: Apereque a Margarida
1999 Endre Fejes: Jó estét nyár, jó estét szerelem (musical)
1999 Tibor Déri – Sándor Pós: Képzelt riport egy amerikai popfesztiválról (musical)
1999 Friedrich Schiller: Die Rauber
1999 Gábor Maros: „Fizetek főúr!”
1999 Moliere: L’Avare
1999 John Murrell: Memoir
1999 Zoltán Zubornyák: Emil és a detektívek (musical)
2000 Ferenc Molnár: Harmónia
2000 Csaba Lászlóffy: Judit
2000 Victorien Sardou – Émile Moreau: Madame Sens-Gene (comedy)
2000 Alen Ayckbourn: Bedroom Farce (comedy)
2000 Tim Rice: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (musical)
2000 Sophokles: Antigone


Performed as an actor in the following theatres: Miskolc National Theatre, Eger Gárdonyi Géza Theatre, Békéscsaba Jókai Theatre, Tatabánya Jászai Mari Theatre, Kecskemét Katona József Színház, Vidám Színpad, Játékszín, Katona József Theatre and National Theatre


Stolen Rhythm (2008)
Szeress most! (2005)
Wake Up, Mate, Don't You Sleep (2002)
Szomszédok (1991 - 1999)
Levelek Perzsiából (1996)
Öregberény (1995)
The Brother from Brooklyn (1995)
Új Gálvölgyi-show (1992)
Meeting Venus (1991)
Isten hátrafele megy (1991)
Stalin's Bride (1991)
Családi kör (1990)
Eszterlánc (1985)
Ballagás (1980)