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Klos Jan

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Puppeteer (* 1941/2/26 Praha)

Jan Klos’s father, Josef, was a member of the Vojan Amateur Theatre Ensemble in Mělnik, and, in the early 1950s, established the Puppeteer Ensemble – an illusory, proscenium stage marionette theatre – under the Racing Club of the Children’s Car Factory. This where Jan Klos acquired his love of puppets. He graduated from the Industrial School of Home Design. From 1963 to 1973, he was a puppeteer and stage technician at the Spejbl and Hurvínek Theatre. After that, he became an animator at the Jiří Trnka Studio, and later worked for Břetislav Pojar.

Jan Klos taught for many years at the Department of Animation at the Film and TV Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

Oral history of the Czech theatre

This project was launched in 2015 and seeks to capture the memories of important figures in the field of Czech theatre in audio recordings (usually around four hours long) and, in most cases, also in a short video recording (10–20 minutes long). The recordings are followed by a report of the conversation, which offers a summary of discussed topics and personalities, after every 15-20 minutes. Photographs and personal documents (both in digital format), provided by the narrator, are also available.

The Oral History Module provides a list of figures who have recorded their memories, along with a brief profile, current photograph, and the interview protocol. Full recording, including all the additional materials, is supposed to be studied by registered researchers in the Information and Documentation Department of ATI only. Feel free to contact Lucie Čepcová: lucie.cepcova(at) if you are interested.

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