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Glancová Helena

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Stage Director; Pedagogue (* 1938/2/9 Praha)

She graduated in the field of directing from the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where she studied between 1956 and 1961. Towards the end of her studies, she was already working as a director for Czech Radio. After completing her degree, Glancová was engaged by the National Theatre in Prague as a director’s assistant. In 1962, she went to the East Bohemian Theatre in Pardubice, where she held the position of director for three years. She then received an offer to collaborate with the Divadlo Za Branou (The Theatre Beyond the Gate), which was subsequently shut down in 1972. She then worked for the Lyra Pragensis Theatre. In 1990, the previously closed theatre was reopened as Divadlo Za branou II (The Theatre Beyond the Gate II), where Glancová remained until she retired in 1993.

However, she continues to collaborate with a number of other theatres. She has also taught at the Higher School of Performing Arts in Prague. Over the course of her career, she has directed more than seventy productions.

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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