prof. PhDr. Margita Havlíčková

She studied Theatre Studies and Spanish at the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University in Brno. In the mid 1970’s she led and directed the theatre company PIRÁM with a repertory focused on the Czech surrealists (Kolář, Weiss, Nezval). From 1981-2008 she worked as a curator at the Department of Theatre, Moravian Muzeum. From 1995-2000 and again since 2006, she serves as a professor at the Department of Theatre Studies, Masaryk University. She also teaches at the Faculty of Theatre, Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno.
Her research interests include the history of Czech and German professional theatre, especially in Brno and Moravia; the history of stage design. In the years 2006-2008 she collaborated on a three-year grant project (Czech Grant Agency) Identification of German Speaking Municipal Theatres in Moravia and Salesia. Recently she has published outcomes of her research in the area of professional theatre in Brno in the 17th and 18th centuries.  

Mgr. Šárka Havlíčková Kysová, Ph.D.

Šárka Havlíčková Kysová received her M.A. in Theatre history and theory and in Czech language and literature from Masaryk University in Brno in 2007, and continued her graduate studies and received her PhD in 2010 (doctoral thesis Hastaabhinaya. Hand gestures in traditional theatre art of India). From 2009 till 2012 she taught theatre theory at Palacky University in Olomouc. Since 2011 till 2015 she worked on the research project Czech Structuralist Thought on Theatre: Context and Potency at Masaryk University, and since 2012 till 2014 on the project Operational Programme Education for Competitiveness – 2.2 Higher Education (Masaryk University). Since 2012 she works as an assistant professor at the Department of Theatre Studies, Masaryk University, Brno.
In her research and courses she focuses on theatre theory (especially cognitive approach in theatre studies), staging of opera, and traditional Indian theatre Kootiyattam. Since 2015 she leads the research project focused on the operatic productions in Brno in the second half of the 20th century –  the research project entitled “Generation of Miloš Wasserbauer, the theatre director, and progressive dramaturgy of State Theatre in Brno” is supported by the Czech Science Foundation (project No. GA15-06548S).  

Mgr. Martina Musilová, Ph.D.

Mgr. Martina Musilová, Ph.D. (1969) studied Theatre Studies at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University (Prague) where she completed her PhD studies on epic theatre and acting (Healthy Schizophrenia. Influences of Brechtian Epic Theatre and Alienation Effect in Czech Modern Acting). Since 1995 she has studied and since 1999 she has taught, as an assistant, the discipline Acting with the Inner Partner at the Department of Authorship and Pedagogy at The Theatre Faculty, Academy of Performing Arts (Prague). Since 2009 she has been an assistant professor at the Department of Theatre Studies, Masaryk University (Brno). Her research focuses on the theory of acting and epic theatre. She specialises in the history of Czech theatre of 20th century, acting, theory of acting and theatricality of festivities and public events in an anthropological and sociological context. She collaborates as a dramaturge with a theatre director J. Adámek and the group BocaLocaLab of which she is a member; and with a theatre director P. Tejnorová. She is an editor of the book E. Jandl – F. Mayröcker Experimentální hry (FRA, Prague 2005, nominated for Magnesia Litera award 2005).

Mgr. Karolína Stehlíková, Ph.D.

has M.A in Theatre Studies and Norwegian Language and Literature (2000) and Ph.D. in Theory and History of Theatre, Film and Audio-visual Culture Studies (2007) from Masaryk University, Brno (dissertation: Language Used in Drama at the End of the Twentieth Century. A Textual Analysis of Works by Jon Fosse and their Place in the Scandinavian Context). She spent two terms at Norwegian universities (Tromsø, Oslo). 
Starting 2000 up to 2013 she worked in the Centre for Students with Special Needs at MU. Since 2007 she co-operates with Department for Theatre Studies and Department of German, Scandinavian and Netherland Studies. In her research she focuses on Scandinavian theatre, film and literature.
She has edited and published proceedings Ipse ipsa Ibsen (Elg, 2006) and an anthology of 9 plays (3x3 Norén, Fosse, Saalbachová). Karolína Stehlíková translates Norwegian drama, fiction and texts related to theatre history and theory. She co-operates with Czech theatres and radio regarding staging Scandinavian drama on the Czech scenes.

prof. PhDr. Eva Stehlíková

Eva Stehlíková arrived at study of the theatre accidentally but nonetheless inevitably. While she was studying at university (in the fields of Latin and Czech at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University), she heard nothing about the classical theatre; however, in the time of the so-called “normalisation“ (in the 1970´s and 1980´s following the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia), when she was employed at the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences and spent her time mainly in drawing up bibliographies, people from the theatre discovered her and turned to her for professional consultations. At that time, she also began to be interested in performances of the classical theatre in Bohemia, which was long considered by the authorities to be a sort of private and harmless foolishness. However when, after 1989, she contacted similarly oriented colleagues abroad (Oxford, Athens), it was found that the Czech database (now available at was miles ahead of similar efforts elsewhere. She was also connected with the live theatre by the publishing of the samizdat magazine Dialog (with Václav Königsmark).
When she was requested to lecture on the classical theatre (first externally at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University and later as a regular employee of the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University and, for some time, also at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University), she concentrated on writing texts that would finally replace the only Czech work on the Greek theatre of 1906. Thus, The Greek Theatre of the Classical Period (1991), The Roman Theatre (1993) and The Ancient Theatre (2005) were published. The only publications that she doesn’t consider to have this fixed purpose are the study devoted to the early Mediaeval theatre And what if it is theatre? (1998) and the classical postmodern The theatre in the time of Nero and Seneca (2006). She considers her hobbies to be the theatre of the nineteen sixties (ed. Alfréd Radok between film and theatre2007) and examination of everything that extends beyond the boundaries of the theatre. Her translations are based special orders, initially with Karel Hubka (Menandros, Hrotsvita) and later by herself (Plautus, Seneca).Of all the roles that her professional life has had to offer, she most enjoys the role of a teacher who has such intelligent students that they can get along quite well without her and the role of a spectator who doesn’t have to write anything about a marvellous performance.

Mgr. Libor Vodička, Ph.D.

In the years 1993-1998 he studied at the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University Brno (theory and history of theatre). He graduated with a diploma thesis Features of Drama in the Socialistic Realism (adviser: prof. Bořivoj Srba). In 2005 he defended his doctoral dissertation Czech Drama in the Period of the so-called Normalization in the same department. Since 2007 he has served as Assistant Professor of the Department of Theatre Studies, MU. 1996 – 2000 he worked as archivist in Goose on a String Theatre in Brno. 2000-2010 he was employed at The Institute of the Czech Literature of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Brno division). 2011-2013 he worked as dramaturg at Moravian Slovak Theatre [Slovácké divadlo] in Uherské Hradiště (e.g. author of dramatization of E. F. Schmitt´s novella Oscar and the Lady in Pink and Karel Čapek´s novel War with the Newts).
His research interest includes 20th century Czech theatre and drama (especially post- 1945); the relationship of state and art, art and society; the existence and function of theatre in totalitarian regimes; genre and style transformations of the dramatic poem in the 20th century; the sociological contexts of theatre; forms of theatricality etc. He has published extensively on Czech drama and theatre in both Czech and international journals and books.


Doctoral students

Mgr. Tereza Konývková

She studied theater science at Charles University (Bc 2009) and continued in the master´s degree studies of the same field at Masaryk University in Brno. In 2011 she graduated with thesis Sokolské sletové scény 1907-1938/Sokol mass theatrical events (adviser prof. Eva Stehlíková). Part of the work dealing with this specific kind of spectacle, called Marathon (1912), was later published in the periodical Theatralia-Yorick (2012/1). The work was awarded in Václav Königsmark´s competition in 2013.
Since 2012, she became the internal PhD student at the same department, where she is preparing a dissertation dealing with theatricality of Sokol movement (adviser Mgr. Martina Musilová, PhD), which is conceived in the broader cultural-anthropological context. In 2013, she participated in the Summer courses of drama in Epidaurus organized by the Network of Research and Documentation of Performances of Ancient Greek Drama. Since 2010, she has contributed to the magazine World and Theatre.

Mgr. Tomáš Kubart

After studying ceramic crafts and fine paintings on the high school of Applied Arts, he graduated at the Department of Theory and History of Theatre, Faculty of Arts at Masaryk University in Brno, with a bachelors thesis entitled Collaboration of Milan Zezula and Milan Pásek between 1969 and 1970. After an unsuccessful attemp to reconcile the two follow-up master study, Curatorial Studies at the University of Jan Evangelista Purkyně in Ústí nad Labem, and Cultural Management at the Masaryk University in Brno, he continued with theatre studies and fnished it with his master’s thesis The beginnings of Happening in the creation of Gutai group and Fluxus; 1954 – 1962. He has investigated at theory and history of stage design and border areas of theater history and art, especially the theory and evolution of action arts, action painting, happenings and performance. He published at RozrazilOnline and Kulturní noviny; he contributes which focuses on happenings in the art sphere. In the PhD programme, he will focus on theory of happening, concentrating on its development in Central and Eastern Europe. He currently works at the Department of Theatre Studies as a librarian.


Mgr. Lukáš Kubina

He completed a Master's degree at the Department of Theatre Studies (Masaryk University, Brno) in 2014. His MA thesis deals with mass communist festivities in Czechoslovakia and their theatrical aspects. His master thesis received the Václav Königsmark Award for 2015. Since then, he has been an internal PhD student at the Department of Theatre Studies. He is primarily interested in interdisciplinary overlap, namely in socio-cultural anthropology and sociology, in marginal forms of theatre and theatricality. He has published articles in Theatralia journal and occasionally writes theatre reviews.

Mgr. Dita Lánská

Graduated from Theatre studies at the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University in Brno. In her MA thesis she deals with the development of Otakar Zich´s theoretical system, especially of his theory of the significatory image. She is PhD student at the Departement of Theatre studies since 2013. Her dissertation is concerned with the origins of the Czech theatre studies, particularly in the theoretical work of Otakar Hostinský. Her research focuses on the theatre theory. She also writes the theatre reviews (published in RozRazil online, Divadelní noviny). Presently she is a librarian at the Departement of Theatre studies.

Mgr. Miroslav Lukáš

Miroslav Lukáš has received his Master degree in Theory and Theatre History at the Department of Theatre Studies, Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University in Brno. Since 2012 he continues in postgraduate studying at the same institute. His thesis, dealing with issues of "Potemkin villages in productions of Petr Lébl" brought him to research of the theatre history in Mikulov. As a PhD student he deals with the period of 1740 - 1939, focused in particular on Traveling theatre companies and also activities of local theatre societies. His further academic interests also include Dietrichstein castle theatre and a School Piaristic Theatre. During his research he co-operates with doc. Margita Havlíčková.
Currently is employed in The Institute of Archaeology of the Academy of Sciences in Brno, The Department of Roman and Great Migration Periods.

Mgr. Lubomír Mareček

In 1991, he graduated from the History and Czech language and literature at the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University Brno. In 1992 he began working as a cultural editor of the newspaper Brněnský večerník and then in Lidové noviny. Afterwards he worked as a cultural editor, theatre critic and columnist of the daily newspaper MF Dnes in 1994-2011. Currently he is a freelance journalist and PR at The Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno (JAMU in Brno).
He monitors all cultural events in South Moravia, but he mostly tends to drama theatre, which he describes as a columnist and reviewer. In 1998 he took part in the course for young theatre critics at the festival in Portugal Almada. He is an author of the book Film reign of Bolek Polivka. For years, he regularly publishes in papers about the theatre (list of articles here), formerly he wrote also for the theatre magazine World and Theatre. He posts his reviews on the Vltava Czech Radio 3. He collaborated on a dramaturgy with Czech television during the preparation of the magazine Theatre Alive! He published texts and studies in a number of cultural and lifestyle magazines, newsletters and theatre yearbooks of theatres in Brno.
He deals with the post-war development of the National Theatre Brno and he is working on a portrait of the actor Vlasta Fialová. This portrait is actually a half-century chronicle of that theatrical institution. In his work he picks up the strongest moments of her remarkable acting career and the style of this significant actress as well as its problematic moments.

Mgr. Pavla Pinkasová

Reviews of Václav Königsmark in 1968 – 1989 brought her to the topic of the master`s thesis Theater journal Program by State theatre Brno. From this thesis, she released to the issue of cultural periodicals located in Brno between the wars. Her dissertation will thus focus on the way they capture the relationship between Czech and German theater culture in Brno in the 1920s. She finished a three-year-long training programme at the institute of graphology ARCANA in 2010.  During her studies, she occasionally cooperated with the theater server RozrazilOnline; she was a manager of Klub přátel umění v Brně; and held the production activity of emerging theater projects of the Department of Theatre Studies; moreover she was a jury member at amateur theater festivals.

Mgr. Eliška Poláčková

Having graduated in the Czech and Latin language and literature (BA) at the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University in Brno, CZ, she continued in Latin (medieval specialization) together with theatre studies to receive MA in 2011. The shortened version of her BA thesis on the text of Latin play of Homulus was published in English in the journal Listy filologické, entitled "Mutato nomine dicor nunc Homulus. Latin translation of the Morality play of Elckerlijc". In her MA thesis "Plautův Pseudolus po česku - překlady a inscenace", she analyzed and compared all the extant Czech translation of the play, the conclusions to be published in the journalTheatralia
She attended “The Summer Course of Ancient Drama” in Epidaurus in 2008, organized by the European Network of Reseach and Documentation of Performances of Ancient Greek Drama. She has presented papers on ancient and medieval theatre and drama on several international conferences, i.e. „Tragic Heroines on Ancient and Modern Stage“ (Portugal), „Postgraduate Symposium of Ancient Drama” and “International Medieval Congress” (GB), and „Triennial Colloquium of the Société Internationale pour l'étude du Théâtre Médiéval” (Poland). She has also given lectures at conferences in the Czech Republic, other Czech universities, and for general public. The topic of her Ph.D thesis is performative potential of medieval Bohemian literature. She was a dramaturg of Divadlo Aldente theatre from 2008 to 2012. She has held a research position in the Department of Classical Studies, Academy of Sciences, since 2014.

Mgr. Naďa Satková

Naďa Satková graduated from Theory and History of Theatre and Film at the Department of Theatre, Film and Media Studies of Palacky University in Olomouc (BA thesis: Patrick Marber´s Closer in Czech productions [in context of the first production in Royal National Theatre London and film adaptation]; MA thesis: Joe Penhall´s plays and their Czech productions). Her research focuses on contemporary British drama, contemporary theatrical events in the North Moravian and Silesian region of the Czech Republic and theatre directors in the 20th century.
She gained experience with practical theatre activities in Divadlo loutek Ostrava, Divadlo Petra Bezruče Ostrava, Moravské divadlo Olomouc and Slezské divadlo Opava. Her reviews of theatre productions were published in printed media and e-journals. She also participated in the editorial boards of bulletins at cultural festivals Divadelní Flora Olomouc, Bezručova Opava, Další břehy etc. 
She attended The Summer Course of Ancient Drama in Epidaurus in 2013. She completed the internship at Katedra Teatru i Dramatu, Uniwersytet Jagielloński in Cracow in 2014. She participated in theatrological conferences: Teatrologia na rozdrożach (Katowice), Teatr wśród mediów (Toruń), REC: ON stage (Vilnius), Theatre Communities. Community Perspectives in Contemporary Theatre-making (Xewkija), Czech and Slovak Scenography for Shakespeare (Hull). She coordinated the event Brno Theatralia Conference 2016


Mgr. Tereza Zálešáková

She graduated at the Department of Theatre studies at the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University in Brno in 2015, with a diploma thesis Inscenační historie Války s mloky (The Performance history of The War with the Newts). Subsequently, she decided to focus her long-standing interest on musical theatre and her PhD research will be focused on Czech musical(s) after 1989. 
Occasionally, she cooperated with RozRazil online and Studentský SAD. During 2009 to 2015, she worked for the Moravian Library in Brno, particularly in the project VISK 9, also VISK 5 and Kramerius.