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Hajda Alois

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Stage Director; Pedagogue (* 1928/7/7 Poličky u Nezamyslic, † 2021/5/8 Brno)

Alois Hajda graduated in the field of stage direction from the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno in 1953. He immediately entered into an engagement with the Moravian Slovakia Theatre in Uherské Hradiště, where, after several years, he became the head of the drama section. Hajda also directed productions at the South Bohemian Theatre in České Budějovice, the Kladno Municipal Theatre, the Brno State Theatre, and the Workers’ Theatre in Gottwaldov. After a short period of time with the National Theatre in Prague at the end of the 1990s, he returned to Brno where he focused on both educational and cultural activities.

Hajda has directed more than 130 productions. In 1992, he was appointed as a professor at the Theatre Faculty of the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno, where he also held the position of vice rector and subsequently rector.

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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