Jan Kott, (1914–2001) was a Polish American theater critic and an expert on
Shakespeare whose theories influenced some of the most innovative of modern theater directors. Born in Warsaw, he studied at the universities of Warsaw,
Paris, and Lodz. Kott returned to Poland shortly before World War II and was drafted into the Polish army. Later he took part in the underground resistance against the Nazi occupation. After teaching Polish literary history at the
University of Warsaw and being a visiting professor at Yale, Kott lost his
Warsaw post on political grounds. He was granted asylum in the United States in
1969, by which time he had become known in Europe for his writings about
Shakespeare. He taught courses in drama,
English, and literature at the State University of New York at Stony Brook from
1969 to 1983, when he retired.
Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than two thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014 and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.