Mariusz Kotowski is an award-winning writer and director. Born in Poland, he received his Masters of Education there. After studying dance and choreography in Poland and England, Kotowski moved to America. He worked with numerous actors and dancers as a choreographer in New York and studied film directing at NYU. Kotowski’s first film was the documentary, Pola Negri: Life is a Dream in Cinema. It included interviews with Academy Award-winning stars Hayley Mills and Eli Wallach. The film premiered to sold-out audiences in 2006 in Los Angeles and again at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. In 2010, the movie’s European premiere was held in Paris at Cinémateque Française as part of a Pola Negri Tribute.
Kotowski next focused on writing and directing independent feature films. In 2009, the feature length drama, Esther’s Diary, was released followed by the psycho-thriller film Deeper and Deeper in 2010. Both movies have been screened at numerous festivals all over the world and have won notable acclaims.
In 2012, Kotowski was the executive producer for the release of a DVD Box Set of four rare silent films entitled Pola Negri: The Iconic Collection “The Early Years”. The boxed set received excellent reviews in the Los Angeles Times and other publications.
Kotowski is also the author of the biography Pola Negri: Legenda Hollywood. Published in Poland in 2011, the book was recognized as “Book of The Year” in Books Literary Magazine. Kotowski’s second book, Pola Negri: In Her Own Words also was published in Poland in 2014. Pola Negri: Hollywood’s First Femme Fatale, published by the University Press of Kentucky, followed in the same year. In September 2014, he was invited to present his book at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Kotowski worked with Polish TV in Chicago in 2016 to produce and direct the play Mężczyzna at the Chicago Dramatists Theater. He also worked with MB Stage Productions to produce Shadow of Doubt for the Hollywood Fringe Theater Festival in 2016. Kotowski currently is working on several other stage plays in the US and Poland.
He resides with his wife, Heidi, in Austin, Texas.