Petra Tejnorová

Petra Tejnorová was born in 1984. She is a theatre director and head of the creative czech cross-over group Sergeant Tejnorová & the Commando (formerly also known as Tejnorová & the Company – At the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic, she studied Directing Alternative and Puppet Theater, where she is currently doing doctoral studies.

Since 2006, she has directed various plays in different theaters mainly in Prague, such as The Sufferings of Prince Sternenhoch, for which she was awarded, Hole in the Wall, Titus Andronicus_The Flight of a Fly, the Czech-Polish project Memory of Landscape and Lanscape of Memory, Personal Anamnesis. In her original productions she emphasizes team work, devising methods and processuality – perceiving a performance as a unique event.

When Petra Tejnorová works with text she aims at loosening the structures of dramatic texts, at non-fabulative compositions such as montages, collages etc.  She is also interested in so-called open texts: texts, which are not originally dramatic.

She has cooperated with the National Theatre New Stage, Dejvicke Theatre, Archa Theatre, Minor Theatre, Alfa, Ponec, Alfred ve Dvoře, Roxy/Nod and Disk. Her 2013 works are Edge and John Sinclair on Air. As stated on her homepage, Edge is “an international performance which examines the lives of people over 50 who worked in the theatre in various professions and roles. The performance will formally work on and blur the almost unexplored area on the border of theatrical and dance language. It will cross the borderline between a “documentary” style of narration, which is based on real-life stories of the participants, and a highly stylized theatrical form.”

In her project Jižák, City of Dreams in collaboration with youth from the district of Prague Jižní město (South City) she asks the following questions: “How do teenagers see the future of Jižní Město and their role within it? What can be changed in this space? What is the teenagers’ future on the periphery and what is the future of Jižák – the unexplored territory?

Her 2012 interactive production LIFEshow “demonstrates new possibilities of combining theatrical language and modern technology. The project focuses on finding the borderline between actors and performers, between being in a role and being oneself, on examining the borderline between reality and show, between documentary and acting, truth and lie.”

Since 2006, Petra has taken part in several workshops, where she did movement collaborations. Petra Tejnorová’s productions and original projects have been presented in several prestigious festivals abroad, where they were appreciated both by professional and non-professional audiences. (Poland – Wroclaw and Warsaw, Slovakia – Bratislava and Žilina, Italy – Rome, Hungary – Budapest, Sweden – Stockholm, Portugal – Lisabon, Great Britain – London). Beside directing and original productions, she has issued two publications at AMU publishing. They are the anthology Memory of Landscape – Landscape of Memory: the Perception Shape Depends on the Viewpoint and Ias On Me De A (Myth, Material, Discourse, Dialogue). She wrote several texts including publishing in the magazine Amatérská scéna (Amateur Stage). At the festivals Loutkářská Chrudim (The Puppeteer’s Chrudim Festival) in Chrudim and Oblastní loutková přehlídka v Plzni (The Regional Puppet Festival in Pilsen) Petra was a jury member. Her recent awards are, among others, the Prize of Josef Hlávka awarded to the most successful students and graduates from Prague universities and the Dean’s Award at the Theatre Dept. of the Academy of Performing Arts in 2009, in 2008 she was nominated for the Alfred Radok Award in the Talent Category. She is also a teacher at the Department of Alternative and Puppet Theatre of the Academy of Performing Arts – Theatre Faculty (KALD DAMU) at present.