We are the youngest department at DAMU

The Department of Theory and Criticism was founded in 1996 in order to create a platform for the theoretical study of theatre directly at the faculty. The department offers Bachelor’s and Master’s courses as well as supervises doctoral degrees in the field of theory and practice of drama. All our work is based on the principle that theatre is not about a final product but about a process. Teaching is closely interconnected with practical work where students can explore aspects of this process by means of their own creative work.

History of the department


The Master’s study programme is newly accredited.


First graduates of the department.


Doc. Mgr. Daniela JOBERTOVÁ, Ph.D. becomes the new Head of Department of Theory and Criticism.


Department is led by its founder prof. Jaroslav Vostrý until 2000.


Department is founded.


doc. Marie BOKOVÁ

dramaturg, researcher at the Theatre Institute, writer of magazine Scéna, teacher at DAMU

prof. PhDr. Jan CÍSAŘ, CSc.

dramaturg, writer and chief editor of theatre magazines, teacher at DAMU

prof. Jaroslav ETLÍK

dramaturg at Ypsilon Studio, theatre theorist, teacher at DAMU

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doc. PhDr. Jiřina HŮRKOVÁ, CSc.

phonetics, physiology and speech acoustics expert, stage speech teacher at DAMU

prof. PhDr. Josef VINAŘ

psychologist, theatre theorist, teacher at DAMU


prof. Jaroslav VOSTRÝ

founder of The Department of Theory and Criticism, dramaturg, director, artistic director, director, formal  AMU Rector, teacher at DAMU