Dr. Olga Krasa-Ryabets
Olga is a theatre director and researcher based in Prague. She has been previously active at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) and the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis (NICA).
Olga is the founder of the Centre for Aliative and Trivial Research (CenAR). Her areas of interest include cognitive humanities, archeology of the everyday and the off-modern.
She holds a Theatre Specialist BA with Honours (University of Toronto), an MA in Alternative Theatre Directing and Puppetry (Academy of Performing Arts in Prague) and a PhD in Theatre Studies from the University of Amsterdam with a dissertation titled Secret Theatre: off-the-grid performance practices in socialist Poland and Czechoslovakia (2019).
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 holds a BA from the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag (Jazz Improvisation and Vibraphone).
Jana is a Czech painter and book collector. She holds an MFA in Painting from the University of Ostrava, Faculty of Fine Arts. Jana currently studies Master’s Programme in Visual Cultures, Curating and Contemporary Art at Aalto University Helsinki and among others has recently assisted in artist supportive projects for refugees organized by NGO Turvapaikanhakijoiden tuki ry in Helsinki. Previously she has worked in the Prague gallery scene (DOX, AMoYA) from 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 Johan.