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Štěpán Václav

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Theatrologist (* 1935/1/21 Tišice u Mělníka)

After completing secondary school, Štěpán studied history at Charles University’s Faculty of Arts. As a recent graduate, in 1958 he was given a position at the Regional Centre for Education in Ostrava. After this, he worked at the Military History Institute and the Institute for Czech Literature’s S. K. Neumann Office. He defended his dissertation in 1967. In November 1968, he decided to emigrate to the United Kingdom, although he returned soon thereafter for family reasons. He was the head of the Documentations Department of the newly established Miroslav Kouřil Scenographic Institute (1957-74), and later of Documentations Department at the Theatre Institute (1974-79), which he left to work at the National Museum’s theatre department (1980-92).

His daughter Bára is an actress.

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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