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I am a researcher, teacher, and curator in the history and theory of theatre and performance. My research focuses on contemporary and historical forms of design and space in performance as they have been practiced in various cultural contexts, particularly in Europe and North America. I work with theatre artists to document, analyze, and promote contemporary performance and scenographic practices. My historiographic research looks into scenography in 20th century Czechoslovakia, recognized at the time internationally as a “scenographic superpower.” I have carefully studied the work of Josef Svoboda, considered in the 1960s ”the world’s leading scenic designer.” Recently, I have started working on the Digital Archive of Theatre in Philadelphia (together with Dr. Michael Kaufmann from Temple University) for which I curate the experimental collection of devised theatre.

My personal and professional life bridge Europe and North America. I was born in the Czech Republic, where I studied at Masaryk University. I hold my M.A. in Theatre Studies and English Language and Literature, and my Ph.D. in History and Theory of Theatre, from Masaryk University, Czech Republic. As an undergraduate student, I received the Robitschek Czech Scholarship to spend one year studying at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where I completed such courses as Principles of Theatre Design, Costume Design, and Stage Make-up. Later, my doctoral research was supported with the Fulbright Research Fellowship, which enabled me to carry out research at The Ohio State University.

I gained my first professional experience at Masaryk University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre Studies. During that time, I worked as a member of the research team Czech Structuralism: Context and Potency, and participated in the project Space Lab by Prague Quadrennial as one of 8 young professionals, both artists and theorists, selected to explore artistic scenes in Bregenz (Austria), Riga (Latvia), and Amsterdam.

I moved to the United States in 2014 and joined the University of South Carolina, where I taught in the Department of Theatre and Dance for one year. I currently live in the Philadelphia area and teach “first-year experience” seminars at Villanova University. While teaching at Villanova, I am simultaneously developing my research, teaching and curatorial projects in collaboration with Europe-based institutions, such as Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, Department of Theatre Studies, Masaryk University, and with artists such as Simona Rybáková, costume designer and head of Costume Design Group in the International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects, and Technicians (OISTAT).


Selected Awards

  • Short-Term Research Fellowship at the New York Public Library (2013)
  • Selected to participate in the Mellon Summer School of Theatre and Performance Research at Harvard (2013)
  • Fulbright Research scholarship to carry out research at The Ohio State University (2010)