Miřenka Čechová

Performer, Director, Choreographer, Scholar

Miřenka Čechová is an actor, performer, choreographer and director from the Czech Republic. Ms. Čechová is one of the leading proponents of physical theatre in Europe and the creator of a special genre called physical mime. She is co-founder of the Spitfire Theatre Company (physical theatre) and Tantehorse Company (physical mime and butoh). Her work with these companies has been presented in a total of eleven European countries. Additionally, her solo work has been presented in four European nations as well as the United States and Japan.

Ms. Čechováis also a founding member of The International Festival Zero Point, which brings the best of physical, mime, visual and multi-genres theater forms to Prague from throughout Europe.

Her movement background started with classical ballet training at the conservatory in Prague, Czech Republic from the age of 10-20. She has completed two MA degrees at the Academy of Performing Arts (AMU) in Prague, one in the Department of Nonverbal Theatre and the second in the Department of Alternative Theatre. She is completing her PhD at the Academy (Fall 2012), with a focus on physical theatre direction and mime (appointed to official faculty of AMU beginning Fall 2012). She has also done significant work in Japanese butoh and, most recently, hip-hop.

Miřenka Čechová has received much important and deserved recognition for her work. This includes prizes such as the Grand prix in the Polish theater festival Zdarzenia for her performance in The World of Condemned and the award from the festival Next wave for her performance in Trials 10/48/7830 about the murder of the female political prisoner Milada Horakova by the communist government. She was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her role of the Fool in King Lear performed with the Synetic Theatre Company in Washington, DC and is the recipient of the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Ensemble in the same play. She also received a Fulbright scholarship for lecturing and research at American University in Washington, DC and has given master classes and lectures at universities and schools in Pennsylvania, Florida and New York.

Also, she just received the Prague 2012 Fringe Festival’s award for Outstanding Performance!