Nowy Teatr was officially founded as a municipal artistic institution in 2008 by the mayor of Warsaw, Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz. Its newly appointed artistic director Krzysztof Warlikowski teamed up with director Karolina Ochab to create a new and daring place on the cultural map of the city. They started building an ensemble consisting of long-term collaborators and co-creators of Warlikowski's theatre, for all of whom Nowy Teatr became a perfect artistic asylum.
On 16 May 2009, Nowy Teatr staged its first performance, (A)pollonia, based on the texts of Aeschylus, Euripides, and Hanna Krall. Over the next 5 years the theater operated without its own venue, staging shows and organizing artistic actions and debates in various halls, railway stations, cafes, and apartments all over Warsaw. This state of uncertainty was difficult for the viewers and artists, but also provided freedom to experiment. It was a period of unlimited and uninhibited imagination, which was essential for creating a place without a venue.
In mid-2013 the building previously used as a truck garage by the Municipal Cleaning Company served for a dozen months as a provisional cultural centre. Its old and still unrenovated hall was used to stage the premiere of Kabaret warszawski.
Finally, modernization and adaptation of this complex began in November 2014. The new cultural and educational centre required deep functional and esthetic changes to the old workshop hall, the administration building, and their immediate surroundings.
Two years later, in April 2016, the Nowy Teatr International Cultural Centre was officially opened. Finally, it was possible to stage all our productions at our own venue! Each year, we produce around 10 shows and 990 events for approximately 100 thousand people. Obliged by the formula of a cultural centre, we constantly work to explore all aspects of contemporary culture.
Nowy Teatr has not only travelled around Warsaw, but also around the world. Over the last ten years, its ensemble has performed in 38 cities abroad and 15 cities in Poland, working as representatives of the intellectual climate of Warsaw – the home of choice for most of the performers.