Arts and Theatre Institute
Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute, Poland
Theatre Institute, Slovakia
Hungarian Theatre Museum and Institute, Hungary
Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Poland
The Arts and Theatre Institute
The Arts and Theatre Institute (ATI) is a state-funded organization founded by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic. It was founded in 1959 as the Theatre Institute. Since the middle of the 1970s it has been based in the Baroque Manhart House on Celetná Street in Prague. In 2007 the institute changed its name to the Arts and Theatre Institute (ATI).
The mission of the Arts and Theatre Institute is to provide the Czech and international public with a comprehensive range of services in the field of theatre and individual services connected to other branches of the arts (music, literature, dance and visual arts). The ATI collects objects and work relating to the theatre, processes and provides access to them, pursues research, initiates and participates in international projects, and publishes scholarly work. The ATI is also the headquarters of the Czech Office of the EU Culture Programme (Czech Cultural Contact Point)
The ATI has 65 employees, one-third of them work part time. Although the ATI is funded with the help of a contribution from the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, almost 31% of its funding is self-generated revenue.
The Theatre Institute
The Theatre Institute (1961) is a modern European institution under the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic and its mission is to provide Slovak and international public with complete information services regarding theatre.
The priority of the Theatre Institute is its scientific and researching activity consisting of research of Slovak drama covering the time from establishing the first permanent professional stage in 1920 until today; it also takes part in other research works, co-operates with its partner institutions in various research activities concerning theatre culture in Slovakia and abroad, it takes part in organizing scientific symposiums, seminars, colloquia and other forms of presentation of their research activity.
It also monitors, examines and assesses Slovak dramatic production. Another of the priorities of the Theatre Institute is its documentation activity – a systematic collecting, editing, preserving and exhibition of its collections. The Institute’s function today is to provide services connected to its special status of the Public Specialized Archive (from 2002) and the Museum of the Theatre Institute (from 2006).
Another important function performed by the Theatre Institute is the information and promotion activity and systematic informing of the public about its own activities and other events taking part in Slovakia or abroad. It also provides information regarding Slovak theatre or theatre in other countries, by preparing various statistics on theatre and analyses of cultural policies.
The Theatre Institute also performs activities which lead to the birth of various cultural and educational events – independently or within a co-operation – taking use of its multi-media space for these purposes: Studio 12. It also organizes the Nová drama / New Drama Festival and the Drama competition for the best Slovak play.
By joining the network of international and non-governmental institutions (ITI, ENICPA, IETM, SIBMAS, Culture Action Europe, FIRT, AICT) the Institute has improved its services designed for Slovak theatres, theatre professionals and the general public. By the continual, concentrated and professional work of its employees the Theatre Institute, in the context of Slovak theatrical and cultural consciousness, plays the role of an equal partner as well as inspiring element in Slovak theatre life.
The modern and constantly updated website, www.theatre.sk, offers information on the activity, projects and work of the Theatre Institute as well as the most integrated view on theatre culture in Slovakia and is written in Slovak and English.
- The Theatre Documentation, Information and Digitalisation Department collects and systematically edits documentary and historical materials concerning the Slovak professional theatre from its establishing in 1920 until present days.
- The Theatre Research Centre focuses on scientific activity of particular departments of the Theatre Institute. It monitors historical research and creates modern methods of its analyis.
- The Publishing Department focuses on research of contemporary Slovak and international theatre and publishing of theatrical literature.
- The Public Relations Department provides a complete agenda of public relations of the Theatre Institute as well as a consulting and exhibition activity.
Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute
Established in 2003, the Theatre Institute specialises in documentation, promotion and animation of Polish theatrical life. Through its activities, it sparks public debate on the contemporary Polish theatre, broadens the perspectives of scholarly reflection about it, supports educational and research activities. Moreover, it runs the biggest website devoted entirely to the Polish theatre: www.e-teatr.pl, and a specialist bookshop PROSPERO: www.prospero.e-teatr.pl.
The Theatre Institute is home to the biggest thematic archive in Poland with documentation about contemporary theatre. The Gallery presents temporary exhibitions on topics related to the theatre. Furthermore, in the building there is a fully-equipped theatre hall where plays can be performed. The Institute carries out numerous projects promoting Polish theatre in the country (Theatre Poland. Off we go with theatre! – programme presenting theatre plays in towns and places with no theatre venues; Poland-wide Competition for the Best Performance of Polish Contemporary Plays – supporting national dramaturgy), educational activities (Summer in the theatre – semi-camps for school students during summer holidays; Teatranki (matinees) – Sunday theatre games for children and parents), conducts research (Other Stage, New Histories), undertakes international activities (Polish exhibition at the world expo Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space). It also organizes conferences, meetings, workshops, promotes and implements the idea of theatre pedagogics.
The Hungarian Theatre Museum and Institute
The Hungarian Theatre Museum and Institute is a public museum specialized in documenting all aspects of the Hungarian theatre life and promoting research into Hungarian theatre history in the context of regional (Central European) and European theatre life. Its exhibition venue, the Gizi Bajor Actors’ Museum, offers a permanent exhibition on Hungarian theatre history and a number of temporary exhibits on various aspects of the Hungarian and international theatre life. To theatre researchers we offer a specialized library, an online theatre database and 12 individual collections on all aspects of the theatre life. Many of its travelling exhibitions are invited abroad and we put a high emphasis on international cooperation: joint research projects with our regional partner institutes from Central Europe, the V4 countries (theatre architecture – TACE, PACE.V4 framework programme, symposia on theatre museology, theatre systems and the social role of theatre) and partners from larger Europe (ECLAP – European Collected Library of Artistic Performance, STEP – Project on European Theatre Systems, PQ Prague Quadriennal).
HTMI’s primary function is the preservation of Hungarian historical and contemporary theatre collections, so that those interested are able to gain knowledge about plays and performances in Hungarian and about the artists who created them. HTMI builds an up-to-date database about plays, performances and creators (szinhaziiadattar.hu). Those interested in Hungarian theatre are also able to research the ever-increasing photo, video and audio archives, as well as the scenography and costume, manuscript, poster, small prints, art, puppet and dance collections. HTMI also has a public library which collects not only books, magazines and periodicals but also scripts, articles and reviews, regularly used by Hungarian artists, researchers, critics, professors and students.
The Gizi Bajor Actors’ Museum, located in the picturesque villa of the great Hungarian diva, is the permanent exhibition hall of HTMI. The permanent exhibits show the most important moments of the Hungarian theatre history. Until 2010 some of the rooms were used to display memorabilia of famous Hungarian actresses but these rooms are used for temporary exhibitions. In the past two years various exhibitions have been presented; among them a memorial exhibition celebrating the 60th anniversary of HTMI, also honoring the career of actress Hilda Gobbi, the founder of the museum.