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Kačer Jan

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Stage Director; Actor (* 1936/10/3 Holice, okr. Pardubice)

Kačer graduated from the Ceramics School in Bechyně, where he also had his first experience participating in an acting ensemble. After completing the relevant exams and receiving his certificate (1955), he applied to study directing at the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He founded the Holubáři Theatre Ensemble under the Czechoslovak Union of Youth, which subsequently, in its entirety, received an offer for an engagement at the Petr Bezruč Theatre in Ostrava. Here Kačer was active as an actor and director from 1959 to 1964. He subsequently left to join a newly established theatre in Prague – The Drama Club (Činoherní klub), where he remained from 1964 to 1974. He later acted and directed at the State Theatre in Ostrava (1976–80), the E. F. Burian Theatre in Prague (1979–81), the National Theatre (1983–2015) and the Vinohrady Theatre (1986–90). He is currently with the Palmovka Theatre (Divadlo pod Palmovkou).

He has directed 70 theatre productions and has almost 160 roles to his credit. He has also been involved in many television and film productions. Kačer is married to the actress Nina Divíšková (*1936).

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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