Katarína Aulitisová

Katarína Aulitisová (1964) is a puppetry graduate from the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. She concluded her study at the Department of Puppetry with a diploma thesis entitled The Work Method in the Puppet Theatre DRAK, Taking into Account My Own Experience as a Puppet Actor in this Theatre. Between 1986 and 1988, she was a member of the ensemble of the East Bohemian Puppet Theatre DRAK in Hradec Králové. For two seasons (from 1988 until 1990) she was a member of the State Puppet Theatre in Bratislava (the present Bratislava Puppet Theatre). Together with her husband, the actor, puppeteer, and mime Ľubomír Piktor, she left the theatre shortly after the Velvet Revolution to establish the PIKI Theatre. Most of their work was dramaturgically bold and inventive, for example, one of the first productions entitled The Nine Months (1993) – a story about human prenatal development, or Madame Declaration (1996) – a production about the charter of the rights of a child. In the more than thirty years of its existence, the PIKI Theatre, toured dozens of festivals in Europe, as well as outside of the continent, where it won numerous awards. Between 1999 and 2008, Aulitisová and Piktor produced the very popular programme Ela Hop! for the Slovak Television (the present Slovak Radio and Television).
Since 2006, Aulitisová has worked as a director also for other theatres, not just the PIKI Theatre. She did her first production in an established, bricks-and-mortar theatre in the Slovenian Lutkovno gledališče in Maribor. After that, she presented several impressive and progressive puppet productions for children and teenagers in Slovak puppet theatres: Esio Trot (Puppet Theatre Žilina, 2008), The Stuck Jacket (Bratislava Puppet Theatre, 2011), Stories of Walls (Bratislava Puppet Theatre, 2018), Philemon, or Let’s Go Home at Brrrrreakneck Speed (Puppet Theatre Žilina, 2019), Tales of the Little Fat Fairy (Bratislava Puppet Theatre, 2020), RoundAround (Bratislava Puppet Theatre, 2022), among others. At present, Katarína Aulitisová is a member of the independent PIKI Theatre. Since 2012, she has been working as a pedagogue at the Department of Puppetry, Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts, and since 2017 she has been the artistic director of the Bratislava Puppet Theatre.