Nebeský Jan

Director and teacher

In his productions, Nebeský sees the text and its meaning from the inside, examines the fundamental human situations regardless theatre or literary conventions or genres. He employs the method of free associations and commentaries to experiment with great personalities of world drama.

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Between 1994 – 2002, he participated in creating the new shape of the Comedy Theatre in Prague. In 1996, the theatre received the Alfréd Radok Award in the Best Theatre category. In the Comedy Theatre, Nebeský staged Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Lagronová’s Terezka, Tobiáš’s Marta or Ibsen’s The Master Builder.

His production of From the Strangeness drew the attention in 2005 at the Theatre on the Balustrade as well as several productions in the National Theatre Prague; Schiller’s Intrigue and Love (2004), Molière’s Don Juan (2008) or Shakespeare’s King Lear (2011), variation to Molière’s Tartuffe called Tartuffe Improptu! (2014) and productions of Ibsen’s plays in the V Dlouhé Theatre, Wild Duck (2007), Little Eyolf (2013) and Hedda Gabler (2016). He was associated with the NoD Roxy experimental space for a long time and created several productions Incomplete Dream, Lamento, NoD Quixote. He taught at Acting College Prague.

He studied directing at DAMU in Prague, he is currently a freelancer and teacher at the Directing Department at DAMU.

He received Theatre Newspaper Award for the production of Nora in the Pod Palmovkou Theatre in the 2016/2017 season and Alfréd Radok Award for the production of From the Strangeness as the Best Play of 2004.

“Unfinished stories, personal rituals, paradoxical gags, inexplicable anxiety or joy of life, neurosis, tormenting self-reflection, liberating ecstasy, peace and reconciliation – these are the ingredients of esoteric messages Jan Nebeský presents to the audience.”
Marie Reslová, Czech theatre