Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague

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From "Hra", a theatre performance by DAMU students

The Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (DAMU) is one of the three faculties of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (alongside the Film and TV school and the Music Faculty). It was founded immediately after the Second World War. It was established in 1945 as part of the newly created arts university.[1] Teachers at the faculty have included prominent personalities of modern Czech theatre including Otomar Krejča, set designer František Tröster (cs), Ivan Vyskočil, director Jiří Frejka (cs), and Miroslav Haller (cs). DAMU is a member of the European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA) and the European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centres (ENCATC).


The two largest departments of the school are:

  • the Department of Dramatic Theatre, preparing students for the repertory theatre system and focusing on the interpretation of classical and contemporary texts
  • the Department of Alternative and Puppet Theatre, including a sub-department devoted to scenography, the Division of Alternative Stage Design

Other departments include:

  • the Department of Stage Design
  • the Department of Authorial Creation and Pedagogy, focusing on performance, including an improvisational acting discipline developed by Professor Ivan Vyskočil, "Acting with the Inner Partner".
  • the Department of Drama in Education, focusing on the role of theatre in education
  • the Department of Theory and Criticism, focusing on theatre criticism and theoretical subjects
  • the Department of Arts Management, focusing on theatre management

Recently, the Theatre Faculty has introduced doctoral studies in four areas:

  • Stage Creation and the Theory of Stage Creation
  • Theory and Practice of Theatre Creation
  • Alternative and Puppet Art and Its Theory
  • Authorial Acting and the Theory of Authorial Creation and Pedagogy

Notable alumni[edit]

Deans of DAMU[edit]

  • 1946–1948 Jiří Frejka
  • 1948–1949 Klementina Rektorisová
  • 1949–1950 František Götz
  • 1950–1952 Jan Kopecký
  • 1952–1953 František Götz
  • 1953–1954 Vladimír Adámek
  • 1954–1955 František Salzer
  • 1955–1958 Josef Bezdíček
  • 1958–1961 František Salzer
  • 1961–1963 Antonín Dvořák
  • 1963–1970 František Salzer
  • 1970–1972 Jan Císař
  • 1972–1985 Eva Šmeralová
  • 1985–1989 Jana Makovská
  • 1990–1991 Jan Dušek
  • 1991–1994 Miloslav Klíma
  • 1994–1997 Miloš Horanský
  • 1997–2000 Vladimír Mikeš
  • 2000–2006 Markéta Kočvarová-Schartová
  • 2006–2013 Jan Hančil
  • 2013–present Doubravka Svobodová


  1. ^ Various authors: AMU 60 years of existence (A book issued on the occasion of 60th anniversary of AMU´s founding), Praha, 2006, page 1-29, ISBN 80-7331-065-1
  2. ^ a b Actor Peter Haničinec († 77) - The life of a fight from the beginning, 11 November 2007,, retrieved 26 April 2014
  3. ^ Vlach, Pavel. "Karel Roden". FDB. Retrieved 6 May 2017. 

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Coordinates: 50°5′9.6″N 14°25′2″E / 50.086000°N 14.41722°E / 50.086000; 14.41722