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Černý Jindřich

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Theatrologist; Reviewer; Playwright/Dramatist; Translation; Director/Principal (* 1930/6/20 Čáslav, † 2020/10/20 Praha)

After receiving a degree in aesthetics and comparative literature from Charles University’s Faculty of Arts, he studied theatre sciences at the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts (DAMU), where he met his future wife Jarmila Hrubešová – who would later go on to be the long-time head of the Theatre Institute’s library and documents department. In 1952, after having completed his studies, he was sentenced for participating in an anti-government student group. He did his military service with the army work brigades. He later worked as editor-in-chief at DILIA, as a night watchman, in the Theatre Institute’s documents department, at the Office for the Study of the History of Czech Theatre, in the National Theatre’s archives and at its PR department. In 1991, he was made the director of the National Theatre, a function he held for two years.

His son Ondřej Černý (* 1962) is a theatre critic and translator, and was the director of the Theatre Institute in 1996–2007 and of the National Theatre in 2007–2012.

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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