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Ptáčková Věra

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Theatrologist; Publicist; Pedagogue (* 1933/11/6 Ostrava)

She received a degree in art history and classical archaeology in 1956 from the Faculty of Arts of the Masaryk University, where she went on to receive a doctorate in art history and theatre science in 1967. She became an associate professor at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in 1996. After she arrived in Prague, she first worked at the Museum of Decorative Arts and the National Heritage Institute. In 1959, she took on a position at the Theatre Institute as an expert staff member of the Scenography Department and remained there until 1995. She has lectured in Prague at the Faculty of Art of Charles University and the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts, in Olomouc at Palacký University, and in Brno at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts.

As a historian and theoretician, she specialises primarily in the history of twentieth century scenography. In the past, she was a member of the Czech OISTAT (International Organisation of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians) Centre. She was married to the playwright, dramaturge, and actor Jaromír Ptáček (1925–2003).

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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