The Prague Summer Theatre School


Enlivening the Performer

What does being creative and spontaneous on stage involve? What skills does one need to employ? What kind of psychophysical “fitness” does that entail?

This course introduces students to the disciplined process of developing and training a positive potential to perform creatively on stage.

Time will be split equally between studio work in contact improvisation, nonverbal comedy performance, open improvisation and (Inter)acting with the Inner Partner.

(Inter)acting with the Inner Partner (IwIP) is a multidisciplinary, psychosomatic (psycho-physical) solo open improvisation discipline created at the Department of Authorial Creativity and Pedagogy at DAMU by celebrated artist and teacher, Professor Ivan Vyskočil. The discipline opens up a range of directions for studying and practicing dynamics fundamental to creative public behavior and is the core of DAMU’s program in authorial acting. For more information about the discipline and how it is studied, please click here.

This course culminates in an open class for the public.


June 3rd to June 21st 2013. Three teaching hours every weekday morning. Students in this course may also enroll in any other PSTS course.

Are you interested in a general introduction to theatre and performance and a rich sample of what DAMU has to offer? Enlivening the Performer and Presenting Performance are separate courses that complement each other. You may enroll in one course, but students are encouraged to take both.  There is a discount for taking two courses.



Nina Hlava, MFA, Ph.D. studied at HAMU (DAMU’s sister school) at the pantomime department under the leadership of Professor Boris Hybner. She specializes in the theatre of Vaudeville, pantomime, clownery, grotesque and tap dance. Nina has been a member of the theatre group “Bühne Heidenreichstein” since she was 5 years old. She studied under the Bühnenfachverband Austria, at the Scuola Teatro Dimitri (Switzerland), Atellier de Belleville (France) and with Tap dancer Katherine Kramer in Miami (USA). Her goal is to keep pantomime and comedy theatre alive and to pass on the art of solo performance in the tradition of her teachers, who influenced her the most: Clown and mime Boris Hybner, tap dancer Petr Zamostny and Katherine Kramer, mime Martin Sochor and clown Stevo Capko.  Nina is also teaching the Performing Nonverbal Comedy course.

Alexander Komlosi, MFA, Ph.D, is a Czech-American authorial actor, director, researcher and teacher who has performed internationally including the Sandra Gering Gallery (NYC); Prague Quadrennial 2003; Théâtre Toursky, Opera of Dijon (France); the Hunter Mountain Culture Festival; Wroclaw’s International Festival of One-Man Theatre. His solo and group theatre projects (e.g., The Office of the Professional Human Being) have received grants in the USA and the Czech Republic (Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Czech Ministry and Prague City Grants, etc.). He has collaborated with various artists and companies internationally including: William Pope.L, Maggie Siff, Martha Wilson and Franklin Furnace (U.S.A.); HoME theatre, Přemysl Rut, Vladimir Javorský (Czech Republic); Golem Theatre (France); Otso Huopaniemi, Hanna Raiskinmäki, Milja Sarkola (Finland).

He has taught regular and Erasmus students at the Department of Authorial Creativity and Pedagogy at DAMU (authorial performance), and has worked as a scientific researcher at the Institute for the Research and Study of Authorial Acting. Alexander has led been studying (Inter)acting with the Inner Partner since 1998 and teach it since 2001, having led workshops at DAMU and internationally (Columbia University, Yale University, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Brighton, Rose Bruford College, Central School of Speech and Drama, Theatre Academy in Helsinki). He received his MFA and Ph.D. studying under Ivan Vyskočil at DAMU. Alexander is Program Director for the Master’s program in Authorial Acting (in English) at DAMU and the Director of the Prague Summer Theatre School. Alex is also teaching the Authorial Performance component of Presenting performance and Authorial Performance through (Inter)acting with the Inner Partner course.

Monika Rebcová, MFA, is a dance teacher and choreographer. She graduated from the Department of Dance at HAMU (DAMU’s sister school). She participated in numerous workshops in modern dance, djembe (African drum) internationally. She teaches modern dance at HAMU and contact improvisation at DAMU. She also leads private classes and workshops for professional dancers, mimes, actors as well as the general public. Her dance group, Monika Rebcová Dance as performed internationally since 1991. In 1993, she won the Prix Volinine in France.  In 2000, she founded Batocu, an African dance and music group.