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Šánský Zdeněk

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Set Designer; Television Designer; Costume Designer (* 1938/5/23 Zlín)

Since childhood, Zdeněk Šánský showed artistic talent, so in 1956 he headed to Uherské Hradiště to study at the Secondary School of Art, Architecture and Design. When he found employment in the Cheb Museum, he first came into contact with stage design during leisure time activities at the House of Culture. From 1962 to 1967, he studied this field under Professor Tröster at the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Afterwards, he had a brief engagement at the Horacký Theatre in Jihlava, but he also designed sets and costumes for theatres in Šumperk, Olomouc, Kladno, and Prague. He took part in more than sixty productions. He often worked with Czech and Slovak Television, as well as with foreign 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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