The Prague Summer Theatre School


Enlivening the Performer

Develop and train a positive potential to perform creatively on stage.

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

Time will be split equally between studio work in contact improvisation, physical comedy, 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. IwIP is a methodology of disciplined study developed at DAMU by celebrated artist and teacher, Professor Ivan Vyskodl. 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 9th to June 27th 2014. You may also enroll in any other Three-Week Course and any Three-Day Intensive. You will need to spend time independently or with other students outside of class doing work for this 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.


Physical Comedy

Nina Martin, MFA, Ph.D. studied at HAMU (DAMU's sister school) at the pantomime department under the leadership of Professor Boris Hybner. She is equally versed in classical acting, pantomime, clown-playing 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). Nina regularly performs her solo performances in Europe and the U.S., and teaches mime, clowning and tap dance and gives lectures related to the topics of aesthetics in theater and her doctoral thesis "performers versus actor." Nina is also director of Nina Martin's School of Solo Theater:

(Inter)acting with the Inner Partner

Alexander Komlosi, MFA, Ph.D.

Howard Lotker, MFA

Please click on a name above for bio info.

Contact Improvisation

Monika Rebcova, 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 Rebcova Dance has performed internationally since 1991. In 1993, she won the Prix Volinine in France. In 2000, she founded Batocu, an African dance and music group.


Photos: Enlivening the Performer (contact improvisation) open class - PSTS 2013 (top) and (Inter)acting with the Inner Partner -­ PSTS 2013 (bottom).