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Polák Pavel

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Puppeteer; Playwright/Dramatist; Dramaturge; Stage Director (* 1942/3/11 Náchod)

Pavel Polák trained as a jewellery designer in Liberec but fell in love with theatre. After graduating, he entered into an engagement at the Krušnohorský Puppet Theatre in Teplice. A year later, in 1961, he began studying puppetry at the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts and joined the North Bohemian Puppet Theatre in Liberec (renamed the Naive Theatre in 1968). He remained here, except for a period in the 1980s when he became the artistic director and director at the Central Puppet Theatre in Kladno, until 1998. Later, he was a dramaturg at the Small Theatre of Varieties (Divadlo rozmanitostí) in Most.

He is the author or co-author of nearly fifty plays; he directed more than a hundred productions and performed in thirty.

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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