The programme of the 32. International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra 2023 was prepared by the festival´s team together with festival director Darina Kárová.
Miroslav Zwiefelhofer, Slovak programme section curator
Mgr. art. Miroslav Zwiefelhofer graduated in theatre studies from the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava in 2011. In 2010 – 2014, he was member of the board for foreign theatre at ITF Divadelná Nitra. He was also part of the dramaturgical board of Nová dráma/New Drama Festival (2013) and is a judge of amateur theatre shows. He is active in theatre criticism and publishes reviews in, among others, the journal kød – konkrétne o divadle, on mloki.sk, monitoringdivadiel.sk, etc. He also worked for the Radio and Television of Slovakia (Rádio FM, Rádio Devín). He co-authored the publications 3 x S: A Lecture Anthology on 21. Century Theatre (2015), Children of the Revolution (2010), Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra: 70 (2019). In 2010 – 2015, he was project manager and later dramaturge at Štúdio 12, and in 2013 was dramaturge at the authorial theatre festival Pro-téza. He has been cooperating with the Association / International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra for a long time: in 2020 – 2023 he was the dramaturge of the accompanying programme, in 2023 he was the curator of the programme of Slovak theatres, and for several years he has also been the head of the Audience programme board. He works at the Office of the Plenipotentiary for the Development of Civil Society, where he is involved in the implementation of participation projects in regional offices.
Darina Kárová, festival and association director
Cultural manager and cultural politics expert, founder and director of the ITF Divadelná Nitra (since 1992). In 1975 she graduated in theatre studies from the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislave. She was dramaturge at the Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra (1975−1994), where she partnered on notable productions with director Jozef Bednárik, and at the Slovak National Theatre (1993− 1997). In 1996 she founded the Save Culture Open Forum, in 2004−2007 she initiated and led the Voice for Culture movement. In 1998−2001 she was general director of the Arts Section at the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic. She has received several prestigious distinctions, such as Knight of Ordre des Arts et des Lettres conferred by the French Republic, the City of Nitra Award, and 1st Class Ľudovít Štúr Order for outstanding merit in developing the field of culture.
Anna Šimončičová, Deputy Director, International Relations, bod.K7 manager
Cultural manager and graduate of the Department of Cultural Studies at the University of Constantine the Philosopher in Nitra. During her doctoral studies she focused on the topic of festivals as a contemporary form of celebration, their socio-cultural effects and relations with cultural heritage. Since 2014 she has been part of the preparations of the International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra, where she started as a volunteer during her studies. Within the Association she is mainly involved in festival management, audience development and international projects and relations. Since 2018, she has been the Deputy Director of the Association. In 2018 – 2022 she was responsible for the preparation and implementation of the European participatory project Be SpectACTive! In 2020 – 2021 she was part of the team of Nitra’s candidacy for European Capital of Culture in the field of performing arts and audience development. In 2021 she was behind the construction of the new cultural and community centre bod.K7 in Nitra.