Tomáš Dvořák (born 1956) – Studied stone sculpture in Hořice. Entered DAMU’s puppet faculty in 1975, and three years later went with his year to gain experience in the Alfa Theatre. He has remained loyal to the theatre ever since – first as a puppet manipulator, and then from 1990 exclusively as a director and artistic head. He has created dozens of productions for Alfa, many of which have won festival awards. His first great work was a production of Iva Peřinová’s play Goodness Gracious, It’s the Dogheads, a satirical tragicomedy that develops into a meditation on the Czech character, with a remarkable treatment of the Kašpárek (Punch) figure. The production won a number of awards and invitations to prestigious festivals. There followed a glove-puppet grotesque based on Dumas’ Three Musketeers. This “comic book on stage, with characters communicating in a kind of text-message-speak, won 26 awards in the Czech Republic and abroad. This June Tomáš Dvořák won a Czech Literary Fund award in the theatre area.