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Ruszelák Josef

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Set Designer; Costume Designer; Graphic Designer; Painter; Photographer (* 1938/6/16 Nětčice u Kroměříže)

Josef Ruszelák graduated from the Secondary School of Applied Arts in Uherské Hradiště in 1957, where he focused on applied and decorative painting in architecture and advertising. Through his contact with Zlín Theatre artist Zdeněk Hybler, he fell under the spell of the theatre environment. After completing his compulsory military service, he joined the theatre, first as a promotional artist, but soon began working as a stage and costume designer. He also photographed and devoted himself to independent painting and book illustrations. He worked in theatre for thirty-five years, during which time he also held 80 solo exhibitions and participated in 150 group shows.

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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