Marius Bodochi

b. 1959, Cluj-Napoca

Marius Bodochi studied in the class of Constantin Codrescu at the Tîrgu Mureș Theatre Institute, graduating in 1982, and the same year he made his state début at the National Theatre, Cluj, in the rôle of Christopher Flanders in a production of Tennessee Williams’ The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore. He was a member of the Cluj National Theatre’s acting company from 1985 to 1996. Since 1997, he has been an actor at the Ion Luca Caragiale National Theatre, Bucharest. He has also appeared at the Nottara Theatre, Bucharest, the George Ciprian Theatre, Buzău, the Comedy Theatre, the Bucharest National Opera, the Constanța State Theatre, Theatrum Mundi, the Globus Circus, the Northern Theatre, Satu Mare, and the Municipal Theatre, Turda.

He has given memorable performances as Constantin in Holy Week at the Cluj National Theatre (1994), Dionysus in The Bacchae at the Bucharest National Theatre 91997), Bolinbroke in Richard II at the Bucharest National Theatre (1997), Jihei in The Love Suicides at Amijima at the Bucharest National Theatre (2001), Beranger I/the King in The King Dies at the Theatrum Mundi (2002), Alfredo in The Queen Mother at the Bucharest National Theatre (2005), and Salieri in Amadeus at the Bucharest National Opera (2010).

He has appeared in numerous television and radio dramas and feature films. He has also been the presenter of numerous television programmes.

From 1991 to 2003 he lectured in the Theatre and Television Faculty of the Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj.

Over the years he has received numerous awards: the Young Actor’s Gala Prize, Costinești (1985 and 1986), the Prize of the Romanian Association of Humourists at the Dramatic Recitals Gala, Bacău (1991), the Prize for Best Actor awarded by the Silvia Popovici Foundation 91998), the Prize for Best Male Performance at the Romanian Playwrights Festival, Timișoara, for his rôle in Eugène Ionesco’s The King Dies (2002), for which he was also nominated for the UNITER Best Actor Award in 2003. To the foregoing may also be added the Order of Cultural Merit, First Class, bestowed by the Romanian Presidency (2004), the Vip magazine Special Prize for his performance as Salieri in Amadeus (2011), the Prize for Best Male Performance awarded at the National Comedy Festival, Galați (2012), for his performance in Taxi Blues, the Prize for Best Actor awarded at the International Project Theatres Festival, Cîmpina (2013), for his performance as George in Jean Cocteau’s Les Parents Terribles, and the Special Prize for Artistic Mastery and Excellence in the Peforming Arts awarded at the Media Radar Prizes Gala (2022). In 2008 Marius Bodochi was granted the title of Honorary Citizen of Cluj.

He has been director of the Romanian Playwrights Theatre in Bucharest and is now artistic director of the Bucharest National Theatre.


Marius Bodochi reads poetry by: