Martin Kákoš

Coming from a lineage of theatre-makers (his father Ján Kákoš was playwright and theatre director, mother Dagmar Kákošová was an actress, and sister Jana Kákošová is a playwright and scriptwriter), Ján Kákoš completed his studies in stage directing under Tibor Rakovský at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava in 1977. He went on to join, as stage director, The Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra where he was to spend nearly a decade (1978 – 1987). From 1987 to 1990 he was stage director at the Poetic Company of the Theatre Nová scéna in Bratislava to stage, in première, the plays by Karol Horák Gospel According to Jonas (Záborský) (1987), The Road (1988) or Chingiz Aytmatov’s The Day Lasts More than a Hundred Years (1987). In the period of 1990 – 1991 he was artistic director at the Chamber Drama Company within the Theatre Nová scéna. After its closure, he became freelance director. As guest director he collaborated with a number of Slovak theatres (The Jozef Gregor Tajovský Theatre in Zvolen, The Jonáš Záborský Theatre in Prešov, State Theatre in Košice). His portfolio includes over fifty televised films, productions, documentaries and entertainment programmes (The Black Sheep, 1985; A Ballad About Dead Eyes, 1988; The Birthday of the Infanta, 1991; Witchunt, 1994; Herod and Herodias, 1996; Miraculous Love, 1996), whilst also contributing to many as scriptwriter. Between 1996 and 2006 he was director of the Drama Programming Centre at the Slovak Radio. From 2007 to 2011 he was artistic director at the Bratislava-based Theatre Nová scéna. In the period of 2009 – 2010 he served as the Chairman of the Slovak Television Board and, since 2012 he is member of the Slovak Radio and Television Board. Mr Kákoš is author of a number of stage and radio adaptations and plays.