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Patočková Jana

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Theatrologist; Translation; Dramaturge (* 1939/5/3 Praha)

Jana Patočková studied dramaturgy at the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts from 1956 to 1961. After successfully completing her final examinations and receiving her diploma, she was a dramaturgy lecturer for the Regional City Theatre in Kolín. In 1963, she was the editor of the Divadlo (Theatre) magazine. From 1973 to 1977, she was employed at the Institute for Cultural Education and also for the Prague Information Service. Starting in 1983, she worked at the National Theatre Archive, where she remained until 1990, at which time she moved to the Theatre Institute.

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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