110 00 Praha 1
The Theatre Institute was established in 1959 and is a non-profit organisation of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic. Since the mid-70's, it's offices are located in the Manhart Palace on Celetna street in the centre of Prague. Ondřej Černý has been Director of the Theatre Institute since 1996.
The Theatre Institute is a modern information centre and research institute, whose main mission is to provide the Czech and foreign public with a complex information service in the area of theatre, ballet, dance, puppet theatre and other forms of the performing arts.
The Theatre Institute also conducts statistical surveys and analytical studies in the field of Czech theatre for the needs of specialists and public administrative bodies.
The Theatre Institute is home of several Czech centres of international non-governmental organisations, of which includes the most recognised International Theatre Institute (ITI). The European Union's project Culture 2000 also has its headquarters here. The Theatre Institute also provides space for the Kylian Foundation and its video library.
The Theatre Institute has at its disposition one of the largest theatre libraries in Europe, video library, photo archives, a rich documentation and bibliographical collection, and several on-line information databases.
The Theatre Institute is the largest publisher of theatre literature in the Czech Republic - it publishes approximately 15 titles per year (including theatre plays). It regularly publishes the yearbook, Theatre in the Czech Republic, which summarizes relevant data of the theatre season and makes reference to Czech theatre performed abroad. Other regular periodicals include the Theatre Revue and Czech Theatre magazines, whose aim is to promote Czech theatre abroad. The specialized book shop PROSPERO is also a natural part of the Theatre Institute.
Current events in the world of Czech theatre can be found in Czech and English languages on the internet website divadlo.cz and theatre.cz, both managed by the Theatre Institute. Information is updated on a regular basis and these updates are published weekly in Czech and distributed to almost 2000 addresses. Information in English is updated regularly and is distributed to more than 800 subscribers in the form of the THEATRE.CZ electronic newsletter every three months, providing its subscribers with information about contemporary theatre, dance and performing arts events at home and abroad. It also prepares the on-line Czech Theatre Production and Project Catalogue, providing basic information about productions and projects recommended by the Theatre Institute for their presentation abroad. A new development of the website will be a database of Czech plays that have been translated into other languages.
The Theatre Institute promotes Czech theatre culture abroad and consequently engages in international cultural exchanges through its organisation of exhibitions, symposiums, seminars and theatre presentations. Its most recognised international project is the Prague Quadrennial - International Exhibition of Scenography and Theatre Architecture, which it has organised since 1967. The next edition of the Prague Quadrennial will take place from June 14th to 24th, 2007.
The Theatre Institute in Prague, together with the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and other international partners, initiates projects that promote Czech performance artists in international festivals and theatres abroad. These projects have included the Czech Season in Canada (2003), Czech Music (2004), and the Czech Season in Latin America (2005).