Jiří Pokorný (born 1967) – After studying at DAMU, Jiří Pokorný co-founded the new Činoherní studio (Drama Studio) company in Ústí nad Labem, where for several years he was also artistic head. His productions here included Spring Awakening and Electra, as well as plays by contemporary Czech authors – J. A. Pitínský, Egon Tobiáš, Lenka Havlíková and himself. Both his plays – Dad Shoots Goals and Rest In Peace – won first prize in the Alfréd Radok Foundation awards for new plays. In addition to the theatre in Ústí, voted the best Czech theatre of the year by critics in 2000, he has also worked in Prague’s Komedie Theatre, the Divadlo Na zábradlí (Theatre on the Balustrade) and in the Pilsen opera house (where he produced the controversial Šárka by Fibich). He has also worked as the artistic head of HaDivadlo in Brno, where his highly successful productions have included Yerofeyev’s play Moscow – Petushki, Urs Widmer’s Top Dogs and Ravenhill’s play Faust (Faust is Dead). From the start of the 2002/2003 season until 2006, he was the artistic head of the Divadlo Na zábradlí, where his plays included Mr. Kolpert, The Farmer’s Woman, Platonov Is A Scoundrel and others. He has also directed at the National Theatre, the Ta Fantastika theatre and the Reduta theatre.