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Hana Strejčková – Czech Republic / ExCom Candidacy

Hana Strejčková is a Czech theatre critic with deep focus on mime, new circus and physical theatre and performance, a member of the Czech Committee of the Association of Theatre Critics and the member of the Syndicate of journalists. She publishes in these journals mainly: Dance Context, Theatre News, Opera Plus, Dance Zone and with the reflections from culture she contributes to the Czech Radio Broadcast. She is an academician and a teacher at the Music and Dance Faculty in Prague and Palacky Univerzity in Olomouc. Since 2021 she works as a dramaturgy for Laterna Magika where she staged as a director the historically 1st show for babies and toddlers BabyLaterna at the National Theatre Prague. As a researcher she cooperates with the Arts Institute Prague on the long-term project mapping the contemporary theatre under the title Theatre and Freedom, Theatre and Democracy.  

In her pedagogical practice, she also pays attention to students in terms of critical thinking and writing. Their own publisher´s work supports marginal culture fields, cross over projects, multi genre theatre and festivals, also she strives for interdisciplinary contextualization.

She completed her studies of dramaturgy and direction at the Department of Dramatic Theatre of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. She further studied physical theatre at École internationale de théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris and experimental scenography at the Laboratoire d´Etudes du Mouvement under Pascale Lecoq at the same school. She continued her education by studying Meyerhold’s Theatre Biomechanics in Centro Internazionale Studi di Biomeccanica Teatrale in Italy. Hana Strejčková obtained her qualification as a teacher by completing the Creative Pedagogy study programme at the Department of Authorial Creativity and Pedagogy of the Theatre Faculty (DAMU) in Prague. She defended her Ph.D. at the Nonverbal Theatre Department of the Music and Dance Faculty (HAMU) in Prague. During her postgraduate studies she was awarded the prestigious Excellence Scholarship for research of movement theatre in the 20th and 21st centuries.