Which dramas will win a Prix Bohemia Radio Award? Five experts will decide
An artist, directors and a musician. These are the five members of the international jury that will decide which of this year’s drama entries wil bring home a Prix Bohemia Radio award.
This year’s jurors for the Drama category include for example Natálie Preslová. Graduate of Theatre Science at the Charles University Faculty of Arts. Together with Janek Lesák, they form the artistic management of DivadloNoD. As a dramaturge and co-author of scripts, she regularly cooperates with the Malé divadlo theatre in České Budějovice, and has also worked with the theatres Západočeské divadlo in Cheb, Slezské divadlo in Opava, Divadlo Alfa in Plzeň and Divadlo Lampion in Kladno. She founded the French theatre festival Sněz tu žábu (Eat that Frog) and is dedicated to translating drama texts from French. Her translations have been performed by, among others, Czech Radio (C. Zambon: My Brother, My Princess, F. Barat: Beautiful Young Monsters) and Východočeské divadlo in Pardubice (F. Sonntag: George Kaplan).
Ondřej Štefaňák will be sitting on the jury as well. He graduated in drama directing from the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts. During his studies, he worked as an assistant to director Kamila Polívková at Studio Hrdinů in Prague. While studying, he also completed an internship at the Volkstheater in Vienna under director Dušan D. Pařízek and also worked twice as an assistant director in Berlin. The first time was with director Robert Borgmann at the Berliner Ensemble and the second time was with director Armin Petras at the Deutsches Theater.
His theatrical début was an author’s production of Lonely Horny Only at A Studio Rubín. He directed two productions inspired by expressionism at Divadlo X10: The Crippled and Fatherkiller. In 2019, he received an award at the ...příští vlna/next wave... festival for Discovery of the Year. At the beginning of 2020, he became in-house director at Divadlo X10 theatre, and at the beginning of the 2020/2021 season he was appointed artistic director of the X10 drama ensemble, where he staged the ambitious production Success, the first part of Feuchtwanger’s Waiting Room trilogy. Among other things, he staged the Magnesia Literary Award-winning novel Love in the Time of Global Climate Change at MeetFactory in Prague. He also works with Klicperovo divadlo theatre in Hradec Králové and Czech Radio. He is one of the most outstanding young theatre directors.
A grand total of twenty one jurors will be deciding the winners of the 38th annual Prix Bohemia Radio festival awards. Many national and international radio professionals will sit on each of the juries for the documentary, drama, reportage, and podcast categories and decide which works will reach the main competition.
The third seat on the jury will go to the clarinettist and saxophonist, orchestra member, improviser and teacher, MgA. Hanuš Axmann. He studied the clarinet at the Prague Conservatory and the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno. He is a long-time member of the orchestra of the National Theatre Opera in Prague.
He teaches clarinet at Teplice Conservatory. He is constantly engaged in performing contemporary and modern music and improvisation. He is dedicated to the composition and arrangement of incidental and spoken word music. He wrote incidental music for the production of Krum or Unbearable Weddings at Vinohradské divadlo and the music for the radio plays Obchod na korze (The Shop on Main Street) and A Streetcar Named Desire recorded at Czech Radio.
The fourth juror is Adam Hanuljak. He studied documentary film directing at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava and comparative religious studies at Comenius University Faculty of Arts in Bratislava. He is a documentary filmmaker with a focus on social minorities, art and activism, theatre screenings and a lecturer at workshops for children, youth, senior citizens and minorities on video production of one-minute films.
He is currently directing radio plays and is the author of the music and poetry session Fúzia Múz for Slovak Radio. Award-winning radio works at the Radio Play Festival: Volám sa Mária (My Name is Mary) and Hriech pátra Marcela (Father Marcel’s Sin). Award-winning feature-length documentary at Cinematik.doc: Prípad Kalmus (The Kalmus Case).
These four jurors will be supplemented by Bernard Clarke. Bernard is an award-winning radio broadcaster with RTÉ lyric fm, Ireland; collecting many domestic and international awards for the station on subjects as diverse as New Music (six awards at the Irish IMRO/PPI Awards, five of them consecutive), Sound Art (two at the New York Festivals), and features and documentaries on the likes of Patrick Kavanagh (Celtic Media Awards Best Documentary), Brian Eno, Glenn Gould, The Doors, and Jimi Hendrix. As an adjudicator he has been a member of many juries, leading the jury in 2019 at the Prix Marulic for the HRT in Croatia (with Janko Hanushevsky); and leading the jury at the Grand Prix Nova, Bucharest in 2020).
In his own practice of Radio Art, he has been a finalist at the Prix Italia (twice); the Prix Europa (twice); the Phonurgia Nova Paris (twice); the Grand Prix Radio Drama Awards (Bucharest); Radio Drama Prix Marulic shorts; EBU Ars Acustica Prix Palma; and the BBC Audio Drama Awards (final three selections for 2018).
He has won Best Audio at the Black&White International Audio Festival (consecutively in Porto, in 2014 and 2015); the Grand Prix at the 26th International URTI Radio Grand Prix, (Turin) 2014; gold for Best Radio Drama Prix Marulic (2017 Drama “Terrible Beauty” and also 2021 Short Forms “Correspondences”); silver Grand Prix Radio Drama Awards (Bucharest), 2018; bronze Grand Prix Radio Drama Awards (Bucharest), 2021; and gold at the international 60 Secondes Radio (2018).
Work this year includes “Shine, Perishing Republic” a radio drama/sound art hybrid on aspects of Woody Guthrie; “Your Name Here” a setting of Emily Dickinson’s “I Died for Beauty”; continuing work on “not yet” an experimental sound art fantasia on the first page of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake; and “Stormbringer” a setting of Ovid’s second poem of his Tristia.
His interests include sound, sound and sound.