WASHINGTON, D.C. // Malgorzata Szum arrived here from Poland in August, 2009 in the immediate wake of her predecessor, Mariusz Brymora, who was elevated in the Foreign Ministry and reposted to Warsaw. Without pausing a single heartbeat, she immersed herself in the extensive and onerous responsibilities and duties involved with being the Head of the Culture, Press and Public Relations Office at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland.
Counselor Szum has already manifested her own unique professional style with verve and direction, exhibited by the number of varied cultural presentations to date - which no doubt is due to her extensive professional bona fides, as follows:
Pani Szum was born in Lodz, Poland. She graduated from Lodz University's Philology Department, with a MA in Culture that specialized in Theatre Study/Criticism. Then it was off to City University in London, England, after being granted its Joseph Conrad Scholarship. She attained a multifaceted Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Administration there, which included a very rare special assignment to the Royal National Theatre.
Leaving her student days behind, Szum pursued her vocation and until 2001 served as the Head of the Theatre Division of Arts Department at the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The years 2001 to 2005 saw her as the Deputy Director (and eventually Acting Director) of the Polish Cultural Institute in London. The much accomplished lady, at Warsaw's beckoning, then performed as Head of the Literary Department at the National Theatre from 2006 to 2009.
Malgorzata's many talents extend to having published numerous essays, interviews and articles about Polish and British contemporary theatre, new playwriting and arts administration.
The next few years promise fulfilling, very interesting, and most entertaining cultural times at the Polish Embassy, and other related venues, under the very professional tutelage of Malgorzata Szum. And in that regard, we extend to her a warm "Witamy w Ameryce i Waszyngtonie."
Polish-American Journal, January 6, 2009
I recommend The Polish Way: A Thousand-Year History of the Poles and Their Culture, by Adam Zamoyski