Barna Petrányi

Barna is a founder and managing director of Pro Progressione. With an academic background in economics, he worked as controlling director for Sziget Ltd., the organiser of the most important outdoor festival of the region. After working for Cie Pal Frenak, a well-known Hungarian-French choreographer and his company, he founded Pro Progressione a decade ago. Personally, Barna is active in the art community. He served already as board member of the Association of the Hungarian Independent Theatres and was one of the advisory board members of the IETM, the most important European network for the independent performing scene.

Sara Pallag

Sara is a project manager at Pro Progressione. She studied Hungarian and Cultural Studies at the Eötvös Loránt University. She also attended Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies and received a honorary Master's Degree in 2016. Sara worked as a project manager at the Pentaton Artist and Concert Management, the oldest private agency in Central and Eastern Europe. She also worked as an assistant in the Rózsavölgyi Szalon, a small theatre with great Hungarian artists. Sara has spent her entire life in the world of arts: dancing ballet from the age of five, playing flute, singing as a student of Schola Cantorum Budapestiensis, and being on the stage as a student of drama class during high school. As a person commited to social and community affairs she is happy to work with Pro Progressione.

Réka Orsolya Bogdán

Reka is a project manager assistant, working at Pro Progressione since last October. Parallelly, she is studying community coordination at the Eötvös Loránd University. Her interest for the artistic field, especially in acting, theatre and also in TIE (Theater in Education) developed during her teenager years as a member of a drama group where she got the chance to take part in the local theatre’s performances. These experiences encouraged her to go to an acting school in Budapest, where she got to know different theatrical tools, including the theater in education method. Since Réka finished her studies as an actress, she has been leading interactive plays on alcohol prevention for high school students and she is also a part of a gastro theatre performance. As a member of Pro Progressione she got the opportunity to work in fields that are close to her heart.

Pro Progressione

Founded 10 years ago, Pro Progressione is working with both upcoming and established artists as well as small-scale independent organisations and public institutions to foster their international relations and implement new types of contemporary artistic projects. Over the recent years, they became one of the most relevant actors in the international art scene in Hungary. To give an example: all four successful projects in the scope of Creative Europe Programme in Hungary were carried out by Pro Progressione. Currently, they serve as project manager to all these projects as well as an umbrella organisation for six different artists and art collectives working in the field of theatre, contemporary dance and visual design. This year, they use their interdisciplinary approach and expertise in building bridges between international and local actors from arts and civil society to bring the MitOst Festival to Budapest.


Kathrin Oerters

Kathrin Oerters is a cultural manager based in Berlin and coordinator of the MitOst Network of Members and Alumni at MitOst e.V. She coordinates the annual International MitOst Festival. After graduating in History and Philosophy, she worked as a research fellow and lecturer at the Institute for Social Movements in Bochum. From 2013 to 2015 she worked as Robert Bosch Cultural Manager in Astrakhan, Russia. With the MitOst Festival she wants to create a space for reflection and co-creation, where participants from all over Europe can meet as people and professional civil society actors.

Lisa Schulze

Lisa is from Berlin and loves urban interventions and the city’s hidden beauties, especially in the outskirts. During her Literature Studies she got a taste of Prague and Pilsen. In Berlin, she experiments with sustainable and minimalist practices. At MitOst she supports the Network of Members and Alumni to create spaces for professional exchange as well as encounters in our humanity.

Ivana Mandić

Ivana holds a Master's degree in "Innovation and Organization of Culture and the Arts" from the University of Bologna and is alumna of Balkans let's get up! programme. From March until June 2018 she supported the Network of Members and Alumni Department in the preparation of the CitizensLab meeting and MitOst Camp. Since August 2018 she is back in the team as an ESC volunteer, supporting the organisation of the MitOst Festival. 

Anna Jankowska

Anna has a background in German Studies and Local Government and Development Studies. She is active in the fields of Polish-German cooperation and non-formal education. After her fellowship in the German Bundestag, Anna is rejoining the Network of Members and Alumni Department and becomes part of the  Festival team again.

Jelena Kostić

Jelena is from Belgrade, Serbia, where she studied Comparative Literature, currently working on her Master thesis. After completing her studies, she was working as a primary school teacher and she is equally interested in formal and non-formal ways of learning.  She is alumna of the Belgrade Open School, department for advanced undergraduate studies, and alumna of “Balkans, let's get up!”. Besides literature, she is interested in movies, especially documentaries. At MitOst she will be working at the Network of Members and Alumni Department as an ESC volunteer.

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