Eduard Kudláč

Eduard Kudláč graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava where he majored in theatre direction. He took a professional internship at the Summer Academy for Performing Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria. In 2000, he founded a theatre group called phenomenontheatre – an independent platform for contemporary theatre with primary focus on movement and non-verbal theatre forms. In the same period, he was a guest dramaturg at the Puppet Theatre in Žilina. Since 2009, he has been the artistic director for the City Theatre in Žilina where he works as a director with mostly young actors. As a leading personality of the theatre in Žilina, he has supported a bold repertory with a preference for contemporary Slovak and international drama and initiated the creation of original plays for the house in Žilina. As a director and dramaturg, he has shown a preference for contemporary German drama and focused on unconventional interpretations of classical non-dramatic texts.

Some productions directed by Eduard Kudláč were successfully presented abroad at international festivals of alternative theatre, e.g. his production of Description of a Picture (City Theatre Žilina, 1999). The production titled the correction of a correction (2000) was performed in theatres in Prague, Ostrava, Novosibirsk, Athens, Dortmund and Regensburg. Kudláč is a laureate of the Dosky Award in the Discovery of the Season category for his production of I Am Absolute Will (Academy of Performing Arts, 1997). His productions also received several important awards at the Nová Dráma/New Drama festival. In addition to full-time work at his home theatre, he regularly works as a guest artist for numerous Slovak theatres (State Theatre Košice, Drama Department of the Slovak National Theatre, L+S Studio Bratislava).