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Dr. Alexander Komlosi

Alexander Komlosi is a Czech-American authorial actor, director, researcher, teacher and cultural producer based in Helsinki, Finland.

Education

Alexander received his B.A. in Political Theory & Performance from Bates College (1996, USA) and an M.F.A. in Authorial Acting from DAMU (2002).  He completed his Ph.D. on (Inter)acting with the Inner Partner as means of practicing fundamental performance principles (2009) at DAMU, studying under Professor Ivan Vyskočil, the creator of (Inter)acting with the Inner Partner.  Alexander has also taken workshops in neutral mask,  Viewpoints with Anne Bogart & SITI Company, and Meisner technique.  He speaks English, Czech and French fluently. He has a working knowledge of Russian and Finnish.

Teaching, Research, and Publishing

Alexander has been studying (Inter)acting with the Inner Partner since 1998 and teaching it since 2001, when, at DAMU, he and Jan Nepomuk Piskač opened the first IwIP class led in English.  He has led or co-led IwIP workshops and courses at DAMU and internationally - Columbia University, Yale University, University of Colorado Boulder, Rose Bruford College, Central School of Speech and Drama, Theatre Academy in Helsinki, Swedish Theatre in Helsinki, as well as numerous conferences. He also taught IwIP and Authorial Performance courses to regular and Erasmus students at the Department of Authorial Creativity and Pedagogy at DAMU until 2011. He coordinates the (Inter)acting with the Inner Partner international website.

Publications include:

-“Ivan Vyskočil: A Life-Long Commitment to the Alternative.”

Co-author with Michal Čunderle. In: Slavic and Eastern European Performance, Vol.31, No.1.

- The History of Czech Theatre – A Survey, Jan Císář. Co-editor. AMU Press, Cz. Rep.

- He also translated many of Ivan Vyskočil’s and his colleagues seminal texts on (Inter)acting with the Inner Partner into English.

Leadership Experience

Founding Director of the Prague Summer Theatre School at DAMU (2009-2014), where he also taught IwIP and Authorial Performance.

Chairman and member of Culture Current, a non-for-profit organization based in Helsinki.  Finland.  Culture Current promotes international and multicultural art and cultural activities.

Theatre and Performance Experience

Alexander has performed internationally in his own performances as well as in others’ performances, including: Sandra Gering Gallery (NYC), the Hunter Mountain Culture Festival, University of Boulder Colorado, Bates College (USA); Theatre on the Balustrade, Alfred in the Courtyard, Theatre of European Regions Festival, Prague Quadrennial 2003,7,11 (CZ); Théâtre Toursky, Opera of Dijon and numerous other locations (France); Wroclaw’s International Festival of One-Man Theatre (PL), Kiasma Theatre, Takomo Theatre (FIN).

His solo and group theatre projects (e.g., The Office of the Professional Human Being; Laska is Love, Love je Laska, It Could Be Worse.) have received grants in the USA, Czech Republic and Finland (Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Czech Ministry and Prague City Grants, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Finnish Cultural Foundation.). 

He has collaborated with various artists and companies internationally including: William Pope.L, Martha Wilson and Franklin Furnace (U.S.A.); Eva Čechová, Howard Lotker & HoME theatre (of which he is a member), Přemysl Rut, Vladimir Javorský (Czech Republic); Golem Theatre (France); Otso Huopaniemi, Hanna Raiskinmäki, Milja Sarkola (Finland). For more information about his performance work, please see.

Current Projects: 2015-6

Currently based in Helsinki, he teaches independent IwIP workshops as well as courses at various institutions including the Theatre Academy in Helsinki, where he will teach IwIP at the Swedish-speaking acting department in 2016. He is also performing his own work - It Could Be Worse…in your home town. - a social theatre project that is making a creative space centered around a trilingual performance that will engage and empower citizens to address pressing social questions regarding the role of migrants and minorities in Finland.  He will appear on Finnish TV for the first time next year (Mustat Lesket, 2016). In autumn of 2015, he will travel to Berlin, where he will co-create and perform - Love.abz3.  Alexander is also Chairman of Culture Current, producing and supporting its various cultural projects.   He is also looking forward to teaching at the MA in Authorial Acting!