The Theatre Institute, founded in 1961, is a modern European institution under the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic. Its mission is the monitoring and promoting of theatre towards the Slovak and international public.

In 2008, the four main departments (Theatre Documentation and Informatics, Editing, Public Relations, Projecting and Marketing) were complemented by The Centre for Theatre Research, which focuses on theatre and history research. Additionally, the Centre for Digitalization envisions a virtual theatre museum presentation in 2D and 3D visualization.

A platform for professional critical reflection is provided by the Institute’s kød-magazine.

The priority of the Theatre Institute is its scientific and research activity of Slovak drama from 1920 until today. It also organizes scientific symposiums, seminars, colloquia, etc. to present its research activity.

Another focus is the documentation activity – systematically collecting, editing, preserving and exhibiting its collections. It also monitors, examines and assesses Slovak dramatic productions and provides services to the Public Specialized Archive and the Museum of the Theatre Institute.

A further important function lies in the Institute‘s information and promotion activity, providing information regarding Slovak and international theatre; preparing various theatre statistics and analyses of cultural policies. It is also active in organizing cultural and educational events. The Nová dráma/ New Drama Festival and the Dráma competition for the best Slovak play are festivals carried out by the Theatre Institute.

Through its continual, concentrated and professional work, the Theatre Institute plays an important role in the Slovak theatrical and cultural consciousness and as an inspiring element toward Slovak theatre.

The Theatre Institute Bratislava / Divadelný ústav Bratislava

Jakubovo námastie 12
813 57 Bratislava
Tel.: +421 2 204 87 102


Diana Selecká, Head of General Director Department
Tel.: +421 2 204 87 501

  • Information services
  • Reviewing theatre, searching for new forms of research and presentation
  • Supporting and promoting original Slovak works
  • Systematizing of the cultural heritage
  • Scientific research into theatre history
  • Digitalization and Documentation