AICT / IATC (Association Internationale des Critiques de Théâtre / International Association of Theatre Critics)

The International Association of Theatre Critics was established in 1956 at Le Théâtre des nations in Paris and Czechoslovakia was one of its founding members. In 1993 after the Czech Republic was established, a Czech centre of the IATC was founded.

The mission of the organisation is to associate theatre critics from countries with a mature theatre culture, coordinate international events in the field of theatre criticism, and support bilateral relations between national centres and international meetings and exchanges. The main goal is to cultivate criticism as a field, contribute to the advancement of its methodological foundations, protect the ethical and professional interests of theatre, music, and dance critics, and defend their shared rights.

At present more than two thousand theatre critics in approx. fifty national sections belong to the association, most of them through national centres. In some cases the given country is represented just by single members. The top body of the IATC is the Congress, which sits once every two years, at which elections are held for a new Executive, President, Secretary General, and Treasurer.  The current Executive is made up of the President Yun Cheol Kim, the Secretary Michel Vais, and the Treasurer Orene Sadowska-Guillon.


1956 Paris
1958 Bologna
1960 Paris
1966 Novi Sad
1967 London
1971 Hammamet
1973 Tampere
1975 Warsaw
1977 Athens
1979 Vienna
1981 Tel Aviv
1983 Mexico
1985 Rome
1987 Berlin
1990 Lisbon
1992 Warsaw
1994 Montevideo
1996 Helsinki
1998 Gdansk
2001 Montreal
2003 Bucharest
2006 Turin
2006 Seoul
2008 Sofia
2010 Jerevan


The most important activity of the IATC in recent years has been the organisation of international workshops for young critics up to the age of 35. The organiser country, or its national centre, tries to organise them on the occasion of an interesting festival or showcase and the country is supposed to cover the costs of the lecturers’ and participants’ stay in the country, while the centre should only cover the travel of its delegate. Nominees must be officially recommended by the national centre and should be prepared to give a presentation on the theatre situation at home, and upon returning home – through the centre – should submit copies of reviews of the performances viewed.

Seminar leaders in recent years:

I. Herbert
M. H. Serodio
M. Sörenson
P. E. Carvalho
I. Medenica

Past seminars:

1995 – France
1996 – Romania, Portugal
1997 – Turkey, CR (as part of the Theatre 97 Festival in Pilsen with the participation of twenty foreign critics and three foreign lecturers)
1998 – Canada
1999 – USA, France
2000 – Croatia, Netherlands, and Slovenia
2001 – Russia
2002 – Sweden and Portugal
2004 – Hungary, Sweden, and Portugal
2005 – Canada and France
2006 – France, Lithuania, Korea
2007 – Serbia, Argentina, Spain
2008 – Romania, Germany, and Canada
2009 – Romania, Poland, and Amsterdam

Professional workshops

A list of workshops

  • 2007 – Russia (St. Petersburg), theme: Do you follow me? – or Theatre generations and their ways to communicate
  • 2008 – South Africa (Grahamstown), theme: The psychology of violence and forgiveness in today‘s world theatre
  • 2009 – Serbia (Novi Sad), theme: International theatre festivals and audience development
  • 2010 – Netherlands (Amsterdam), theme: Forced to tour – or tour de force?

Activities of the Czech Centre


The Czech centre administered the current agenda, admitted new members, recorded applications and membership fees, issued membership cards and engaged in domestic professional affairs (supporting students in professional schools to help them gain access to theatres, nominates jury members and prize nominees for awards given out by the Ministry of Culture of the CR, etc.). Its most important domestic work was preparation of materials and development of the Czech centre’s website. The committee met three times in 2009.

The centre secured participation in international events, processes festival databases, exchanges articles between journals, etc. It continued cooperation with organisers of the next year of the prestigious European Theatre Prize (nominations for the New Reality Award in coordination with the Slovak partner centre, arranging the Czech participation in the 13th annual award ceremonies, which this time took place in Vratislav on the occasion of celebration of the year of Grotowski, combined with performances by award winners, discussions, and conferences; as well as returning press responses to the organisers). The centre also worked with the European Theatre Convention, especially the catalogue of New European Plays.

The centre also took part in the professional selection, consultation, and arrangement of the participation of young critics in the international seminars of the Association for Young Critics (Romania, Poland). Young critics brought back from these workshops numerous professional contacts, experiences, and they also published articles on the performances they viewed. They then submitted reports for the SČDK that were presented at the meetings of the committee.

The centre also participated in an important international festival held in Amsterdam, where, in cooperation with the international association, a workshop was held called ‘Forced to Tour – or Tour de Force?: The Effects of Globalization and Migration on Theatre Criticism’. P. Christov, M. Pšenička and M. Bernátek participated in the workshop. The Triennale Novi Sad in cooperation with the IATC organised the workshop of the International Theatre Festivals and Audience Development, which T. Vokáč participated in.

Cooperation with the International Theatre Festival in Pilsen continued into 2009. The IATC took care of foreign participants, prepared materials, including arranging for the translations of the synopses of productions.

The biggest event of 2009 – thanks to the traditionally good cooperation, understanding and financing of the THEATRE Festival in Pilsen – was the welcoming of the executive of the IATC. The centre took care of all the organisational correspondence, the production of meetings and two working meetings and organised the international conference ‘Twenty Years After’ – The Transformation of Theatre and Its Reflection after 1989 at the Chamber Theatre Club, including the simultaneous translation of the event, moderation, and the Czech contribution to the discussion. The event was highly praised by the members of the Executive – members appreciated the hospitality and the working spirit of the centre’s team. This event was also positively assessed by the media and in articles published in the professional and regular press.

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