The Theatre Institute Bratislava

The Theatre Institute Bratislava, established in 1961, is a cutting-edge European institution founded by the Slovak Ministry of Culture. It provides comprehensive theatre-related information services to Slovak and international public. Our priority is documentation – acquisitions, processing, protection, and public accessibility of collections and funds.

We also provide services related to the status of the Theatre Institute as the Specialised Public Archive and Theatre Institute Museum. The services are rendered by the Department of Documentation, Informatisation and Digitalisation. The Theatre Research Centre that opened within the Institute in 2007 is our R&D umbrella.

In addition to being information source, we also serve as presentation agent. We thus provide of comprehensive pubic information about the activities within the Institute, about theatres and a range of theatre-related events in Slovakia and abroad. We also gather statistical data about theatre in Slovakia and engage in cultural policy analyses.

Alone or in coproduction we convene cultural and learning events, making the most of our multimedia venue of Studio 12. This also includes the festival Nová dráma/New Drama, along with the competitions DRAMA and Dramatically Young for the best stage text in Slovak or Czech languages. Extensive publishing represents yet another pathway within the Institute.

Our research focuses on Slovak theatre from 1920 that marked the onset of professional theatre in Slovakia, until today. Our research spans from individual projects to collaborative ventures at home and internationally.

We convene, again alone or in partnership, specialist symposia, seminars and conferences, and other events presenting research output dedicated to Slovak theatre. Our extensive international network of contacts and membership organisations, which we have joined, significantly boosts our expertise. Theatre Institute is member of ITI, ENICPA, IETM, SIBMAS, ICOM.

Our website, available in Slovak and English, offers comprehensive information about our projects and the latest on Slovak theatre.

Specialist departments at the Theatre Institute:

Theatre Documentation, Informatics and Digitalisation gathers, processes and enables public access to the collections and funds related to Slovak professional theatre from its onset in 1920 until present-day.

Publishing focuses on original and translated works in Slovak and international theatre.

Public Relations is the umbrella for external and international relations of the Institute. It coordinates consulting services and exhibitions, and publishes the magazine kød – konkrétne ø divadle. The department also processes statistical data on Slovak theatre and is responsible for the the programming and running of Studio 12. It concocts the festival Nová dráma/New Drama and the nationwide Night of Theatres, and convenes the competitions DRAMA and Dramatically Young

Theatre Research Centre is cutting-edge platform for research into theatre history and theory. One of its key responsibilities is to restore the documentation and Archive of the Institute and its Museum. The department cooperates with research institutions in Slovakia and internationally.


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