Curator of Best Publication Award
Pavel Drábek is curator of the Best Publication Award for PQ 2023. Pavel is Professor of Drama and Theatre Practice at the University of Hull, UK, specializing in Shakespeare and early modern theatre, translation and adaptation, and theatre theory. He has edited the third, enlarged edition of Pamela Howard’s What is Scenography? (2019), as well as numerous volumes, journal issues and a publication series. As a practitioner he founded and led the Ensemble Opera Diversa, a professional Czech company, and has written opera librettos, stage plays and radio plays, and has translated for different performance media.
Curator of PQ Performance
Carolina E. Santo designs for theatre and performance. Her research has been supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian and the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundations. She completed a master’s degree at the Zürich University of the Arts and a PhD at the University of Vienna. Addressing scenography from a philosophical point of view has redefined her work as Geoscenography, suggesting that performance can reaffirm or renegotiate the notions of space, place and territory. Her site-specific and participatory performances develop complex spatial narratives for alternative productions of knowledge. Her work has been presented at the Teatro Nacional D. Maria II in Lisbon, Nuit Blanche in Paris, Center of Contemporary Arts Magasin des Horizons in Grenoble, Site Specific Performance Festival at the Prague Quadrennial 2019. She has participated in several international conferences specialized in theatre and performance (IFTR, PSI, PQ, UDS) and also published internationally (Terre Urbaine, Routledge, Eres, Patrick Frey). Her teaching experience includes several visiting lectures for example at the Haute école de théâtre de Lausanne, La Manufacture; Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle; Université Paris 8; or UTS Sidney, Australia.
Curator of Performance Space Exhibition
Andrew Filmer is Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth University, UK. His current research examines the sites of encounter between performance and architecture and performative explorations of endurance running. Previous research has examined performers’ experiences and practices in the backstage spaces of theatre buildings and located and site-specific performance practice. He co-edited Performing Architectures: Projects, Practices, Pedagogies (2018) and edited a special double issue of Theatre and Performance Design on ‘Theatre Architectures’ (2019). Andrew co-convenes the Theatre & Architecture Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research and co-curated the Working Group’s Shared Pedagogies and Shared Practices events at PQ2015. He has an ongoing research collaboration with the collective TAAT (‘Theatre as Architecture Architecture as Theatre’) and is working with National Theatre Wales on the Ever After Project, exploring post-pandemic futures for theatre and performance. Andrew was a member of the Selection Jury for the Performance Space Exhibition at PQ2019.
Curator of PQ Talks
Barbora Příhodová is a theater historian with specialization in performance design/scenography. Her practice encompasses writing, editing, curatorial, and research projects. Since 2009, she has collaborated with the Prague Quadrennial as a consultant, writer, and editor. She co-curated the PQ Talks in 2019, and she is one of the hosts of the PQ Podcast “Global Performance Encounters”. Among her projects are the feature documentary film Theatre Svoboda (2011), which she co-developed as a scriptwriter, researcher, and assistant director. She also co-curated exhibition Shakespeare in Prague: Imagining the Bard in the Heart of Europe (Columbus Museum of Art and the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, 2017). Her academic publications include the edited book Scénografie mluví [Scenography Speaks: Conversations of Jarka Burian with Josef Svoboda] (2014); essays and book reviews in Theatre & Performance Design, Theatre Design & Technology and Performance Research journals; and book chapters in The Routledge Companion to Scenography (2018) and The Disappearing Stage: Reflections on the 2011 Prague Quadrennial (2012). Barbora is based in Philadelphia where she teaches academic writing at Villanova University and history of performance design/scenography at University of the Arts.
Curator of PQ Studio
Patrick Du Wors is a Canadian performance designer, working in a wide range of performance styles and production scales. From classical opera and text-based theatre, to contemporary devised work, Patrick’s work has been recognized across Canada and internationally. Patrick designed and curated the Canadian Exhibition Shared [private] Space at PQ2015 and served on the World Stage Design 2017 selection jury for the Immerging Artist category. Patrick curated the Prague Quadrennial’s educational platform – PQ Studio’s – for PQ 2019 and is delighted to do so again for PQ 2023. The Canadian National Exhibition at PQ 2015 (Prague), World Stage Design 2017 (Taipei), and Critical Costume 2020 Exhibition (Oslo), all featured Patrick’s design work. The Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology (CITT), the Dora Mavor Moore Awards (Toronto), the Critic’s Choice Awards (Victoria), the Betty Mitchel Awards (Calgary) and SATAwards (Saskatoon) have recognized Patrick’s work with both nominations and awards over the last decade. Patrick is an Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s MFA Theatre Design program and apprenticed with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the UK. See more at www.patrickduwors.com
Curator of Fragments II
Klára Zieglerová has been designing extensively for theatre performances in the United States, Europe and Asia. On Broadway, Ms Zieglerová designed Sister Act, The Farnsworth Invention, Jersey Boys, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, as well as numerous productions in regional theatres all over the United States. Ms Zieglerová received a Tony Award nomination for her design of Jersey Boys. Her design of the New World Stages in New York City – the home of five Off Broadway Theatres – has won the Lumen Award. In London’s West End Ms Zieglerová designed Sister Act and Jersey Boys and worked on multiple Off-West End and European productions in Holland, Germany, Austria, Italy, UK and Ireland. In Asia Klára was a part of the creative team of the Expo ‘90 in Osaka, Japan and is currently designing multiple new productions in Japan. Ms Zieglerová has won The Green Room Award (Australia) for Best Design of a Musical, The Best Set Design of the Theatregoers’ Choice Award (London), Drammy Award for Best Set Design; Carbonell Award for Best Set Design (USA); sets for the Best Touring Production, L.A. Ovation Award.