About Theatre Institute
The Theatre Institute (1961) is a modern European institution under the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic and its mission is to provide Slovak and international public with complete information services regarding theatre.
The priority of the Theatre Institute is its scientific and researching activity consisting of research of Slovak drama covering the time from establishing the first permanent professional stage in 1920 until today; it also takes part in other research works, co-operates with its partner institutions in various research activities concerning theatre culture in Slovakia and abroad, it takes part in organizing scientific symposiums, seminars, colloquia and other forms of presentation of their research activity.
It also monitors, examines and assesses Slovak dramatic production. Another of the priorities of the Theatre Institute is its documentation activity – a systematic collecting, editing, preserving and exhibition of its collections. The Institute’s function today is to provide services connected to its special status of the Public Specialized Archive (from 2002) and the Museum of the Theatre Institute (from 2006).
Another important function performed by the Theatre Institute is the information and promotion activity and systematic informing of the public about its own activities and other events taking part in Slovakia or abroad. It also provides information regarding Slovak theatre or theatre in other countries; it prepares various statistics on theatre and analyses of cultural policies.
The Theatre Institute also performs activities which lead to organizing of cultural and educational events – independently or within a co-operation – using for this purpose its own multi-media space – The Studio 12. It also organizes the Nová drama / New Drama Festival and the Drama competition for the best Slovak play.
By joining the network of international and non-governmental institutions (ITI, ENICPA, IETM, SIBMAS, Culture Action Europe, FIRT, AICT) the Institute has improved its services designed for Slovak theatres, theatre professionals and the general public. By the continual, concentrated and professional work of its employees the Theatre Institute, in the context of Slovak theatrical and cultural consciousness, plays a role of the equal partner as well as inspiring element towards Slovak theatre.
The modern and constantly updated website, www.theatre.sk, offers information on the activity, projects and work of the Theatre Institute as well as the most integrated view on theatre culture in Slovakia and is written in the Slovak and English language.
Theatre Documentation, Information and Digitalisation Department collects and systematically edits documentary and historical materials concerning the Slovak professional theatre from its establishing in 1920 until present days.
Theatre Research Centre focuses on scientific activity of particular departments of the Theatre Institute. It monitors historical research and creates modern methods of its analytical processing.
Publishing Department focuses on research of contemporary Slovak and international theatre and publishing of theatrical literature.
Public Relations Department provides a complete agenda of public relations of the Theatre Institute as well as a consulting and exhibition activity.