Olga is a theatre director and researcher based at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA). She is also a member of the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA), the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis (NICA) and founder of the Centre for Aliative Research (CenAR).
Olga’s areas of interest include cognitive humanities, archeology of the everyday, slow thinking and the off-modern.
She holds a Theatre Specialist BA with Honours (University of Toronto) and an MA in Alternative Theatre Directing and Puppetry (Academy of Performing Arts in Prague).
Currently, she is completing her PhD at the University of Amsterdam with a dissertation titled Secret Theatre: off-the-grid performance practices in socialist Poland and Czechoslovakia and lecturing on cultural analysis and literary theory.
Kryštof is a Czech actor and musician. He studied acting, music and dance from a young age with award-winning teachers and performers and has been active on the Prague music scene for over ten years. Over time, his various projects took him to Germany, France, Italy, Norway, Romania and all over the Czech Republic. CenAR credits include
The Water Hen (actor), Rotten Kid Dong Sells His Ma (actor, musical director), Ibsen’s Lady from the Sea (actor) and Tales from the Middle Ages (actor, co-author). Kryštof is a graduate of the Prague Conservatory (Classical Percussion) and is currently completing a BA at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag (Jazz Improvisation and Vibraphone).
Jana is a Czech painter, curator and book collector. She holds an MFA in Painting from the University of Ostrava, Faculty of Fine Arts and has worked extensively in the Prague gallery scene (DOX, MoMA) between 2010 – 15. Over the years, Jana has collaborated with CenAR as a scenographer, producer and curator. Jana currently lives in Helsinki with filmmaker Sampo Siren and their son.
Fabiola is an artist-researcher and a theatre director based in Amsterdam. She is a member of ASCA (Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis) and Lecturer at the Department of Theatre Studies, University of Amsterdam. She holds a joint PhD in Theatre Studies (Art History and Performance Studies, Sapienza University of Rome and ASCA, University of Amsterdam) with a dissertation titled The Trained Experience: A Study on the Relationship between Meditation Practices and the Actor’s System of Knowledge. She is also involved in multidisciplinary research projects on the topic of theatre in prison and probation. Her research in the field of theatre and performance studies focus primarily on Theatre History (especially 17th Century Theatre and Commedia dell’Arte), Applied Theatre, 20th Century Acting Theories and Techniques, Actor’s Training, Performance Creation, and Practices-based Research.
Tatiana is a Graduate Research Assistant at the DFG Research Training Group 1681/2 “Privacy and Digitalization” at the University of Passau. She holds a BA in Teaching English and Spanish Language and Culture from Yaroslavl State Pedagogic University in Yaroslavl, Russia (2012), and an MA in Russian and East Central European Studies from the University of Passau, Germany (2015). Her dissertation titled Privacy à la russe: Literature, The State, and The Private Sphere in Late Socialist and Contemporary Russia explores the transformations of the liberal concept of privacy in Late Socialist context that she reveals via contemporary literature. Her research also analyzes the patterns that re-emerge in contemporary authoritarian Russia and sketches the roadmap for their future examination. Her broader research interests include Soviet and contemporary Russian history and culture, variations of privacy across cultures, and history and culture of LGBT community in post-Soviet space.
Nadia de Vries
Nadia is a PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam’s School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA). Her research focuses on the aestheticization of death in web-based cultures. She is the author of four poetry chapbooks and the curator of Sisternhood (2016), an anthology of poetry by European women.
Brittany Pheiffer Noble
Brittany studies Russian literature, culture and intellectual history at Columbia University in New York. She is currently completing her dissertation, Medieval Culture and Modern Exile: The Middle Ages in the Émigré Imagination, which investigates returns to the Medieval in the literature, visual arts, and religion of the Russian émigré community of interwar Paris. She also works on Georgian literature and culture, aesthetics, and Orthodox theology.
Brittany holds a Masters degree from Yale University’s Divinity School where she studied religion and theology. She received her Bachelors degree from Dartmouth College where she studied Russian and Studio Art.
Dr. Olga Śmiechowicz
Olga is a classical philologist and theatre historian. She is a Fellow at the Chair of Theatre and Drama at the Faculty of Polish Studies of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Olga is also a recipient of scholarships from University of Cambridge, Saint Petersburg State University, L’Université Paris-Sorbonne and Universität Wien. She is the author of two monographs on Old Comedy: Stage Poets in Aristophanes’ Comedies (Wydawnictwo Bezkresy Wiedzy, 2014) and Aristophanes (Wydawnictwo Naukowe Sub Lupa, 2015) – both written in Polish. She is also interested in selected problems in contemporary theatre. For many years, as a drama critic, Olga has collaborated with Polish magazines devoted to theatre.