Martin Čičvák

Martin Čičvák graduated in 1999 in theatre direction from Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno, in Alojs Hajda’s studio. While still a student, he worked for the Marta Studio where he showed his talent as the director of outstanding productions, such as Baal; The Marriage of Figaro; Frankie is OK, Peggy is Fine and the House Is Cool; or Agent Sonia. During his studies, he participated in the Erasmus exchange programme in the United Kingdom where he directed Jean Genet’s The Maids, August Strindberg’s Miss Julie at Dartington College of Arts, and later his own play Frankie is OK, Peggy is Fine and the House Is Cool at the Grace Theatre in London. When he completed his studies, he started his intense and systematic cooperation with a number of Slovak and Czech theatres (National Theatre Brno, Polárka Theatre in Brno, Drama Club in Prague, Drama Department of the Slovak National Theatre, Aréna Theatre). He also collaborated with a few stages in England and Slovenia. Productions directed by Čičvák regularly appear at Slovak and international festivals. He is the laureate of several important awards given out by renowned Slovak, Czech and European critics (Dosky Award, Alfréd Radok Prize, Critic’s Choice of the Time out magazine, among others). In addition to directing drama, he also directs for the opera (J. K. Tyl Theatre in Pilsen) and works as a translator. He is the author of numerous dramatic texts and adaptations for theatre. Čičvák celebrated success with his book Kukura (His Life As Lived by Čičvák) a monograph about Juraj Kukura, the Slovak actor and current director of the Aréna Theatre.