János Szemenyei is a Hungarian actor, singer, and composer. He is a versatile artist of the Hungarian theatre scene. He graduated in musical acting at the University of Theatre and Film Arts of Budapest. Since the college years, he has not only been working as an actor and singer but also as a composer. Between 2013 and 2015 he was the music director of Magyar Theatre (”Hungarian Theatre”). With the company Proton Theatre, János Szemenyei performs at some of the most prestigious theatre festivals of Europe. Currently, he plays leading roles in Budapest and in other Hungarian towns. He takes part in a number of theatrical productions as a composer both in Hungary and abroad, and his earlier compositions are regularly played in Hungarian theatres.
János Szemenyei was born on the 31st of December 1981 in Székesfehérvár, Hungary. Even at a very early age, he participated in a number of storytelling and poetry recitation competitions. In those times he became familiar with theatre as a child actor. He went on to study at the drama faculty of Vörösmarty Mihály Secondary School, meanwhile continued to play in theatre productions. He became a permanent actor of a literary TV show on Duna TV. After finishing high school he spent a year at the studio of Madách Theatre, that is one of the biggest musical theatres in Hungary.
University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest
Faculty of musical acting
Faculty of musical acting
In the exam performances at the university, he not only took part as an actor but also as a composer. From the third year on, he participated in internships at theatres in Budapest and in other Hungarian towns. He received his diploma in 2005 and became a member of the company of Hevesi Sándor Theatre in Zalaegerszeg.
Hevesi Sándor Theatre, Zalaegerszeg
During the four seasons he spent there, he played several mostly prosaic leading roles at his home theatre and mostly musical leading roles as a guest actor in other companies and he was also invited to work in Budapest during these years. He debuted with a short feature film role. He had six premieres as a composer, he composed complete musicals as well as music for prosaic theatre performances. He contributed to the productions of institutional theatres and independent companies alike. He was also invited to write music for radio plays and a TV series.
At this time he has been called by many dub studios mainly in singing roles.
He spent two seasons at Vígszínház where he took over roles in running productions and also played in new ones. Beside his acting activity, he got more and more offers as a composer. His relationship as an actor and composer started with Proton Theatre during these years, and he performed with the theatre group at a number of prestigious theatre festivals abroad.
He plays 2-3 roles each season and composes music for performances at Katona József Theatre in Kecskemét. Central Theatre Budapest also invited him to several prosaic and musical roles. He worked abroad as an actor, composer, and conductor in the theatre productions of Kornél Mundruczó. In addition to his theatrical activity he worked for the Hungarian State Radio and he also wrote music scores for films.