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Master of Fine Arts Michal Dočekal (1965) - Biography

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Michal Dočekal was born on 7th April 1965 in Prague. He grew up with his parents in Hradčany. His relation towards the totalitarian regime was strictly defined by his family past. None of the large family relatives ever entered the communist party and most of them suffered for it due to the regime. His attitudes were formed by information obtained from his family and people around the underground of 1970s and 1980s. He didn't care for studies much. During attending gymnasium he joined the Prague theatre group A studio Rubín. Although he passed talent exams to DAMU (Theatre Academy of Musical Arts), he did not get a recommendation from the secondary school and therefore could not be accepted. A year later he began studying directing at DAMU. Since 1988 he participated in most of anti-regime demonstrations. During the week prior to the 17th November he was one of the main actors of dissolving the basic organisation of SSM at DAMU and later announcing the strike of the DAMU students. On 18th November, 1989 he participated in the debates in the Realistic theatre regarding announcing theatre and general strike for the support of students. Witnessing the massacre on 17th November at the National Avenue in Prague he presented at the public strike in the Vinohrady theatre and led students´ strike at DAMU. In 1991 he graduated at DAMU and in 1991 - 1994 was the director in the theatre company Kašpar. In 1994-2002 worked as a director and artistic director in the Prague theatre Comedy. Since 2002 act in the National theatre in Prague. In 2002-2014 was the artistic director of the drama. Since 2015/2016 season he has been the head of the drama of the National theatre and at the same time a director of the drama ND.

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