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Kružíková Helena

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Actress; Pedagogue (* 1928/11/17 Třebíč)

In 1948, while in her second year of acting studies at the Brno Conservatory, Helena Kružíková transferred with some classmates and teachers to the newly founded Janáček Academy of Performing Arts (JAMU). After graduating in 1950, she secured an engagement at the Těšín Theatre in Český Těšín but returned the following year to Brno, where she trod the boards of the State Theatre (National Theatre) for forty years, performing over 100 roles.

In addition to theatre acting, she was also involved in readings, made many films, and worked in radio and television. She was particularly heavily involved in dubbing and received the František Filipovský Prize for lifetime achievement in 1998. She taught for many years at the Brno Conservatory and the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts.

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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