Director Arts and Theatre Institute
With her background in economics and management, Pavla Petrová has many years of experience working for large cultural institutions and projects. Since 1992, she has been working for the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic in different capacities – longest of all as the Director of the Section of Arts and Libraries, with focus on theatre, dance, visual arts, music, literature and libraries. She has also acted as the producer manager of the International Festival of New Dance CONFRONTATIONS 2001 and the producer of the Central European Dance Platform 2002. Since 2008, she is the director of the Arts and Theatre Institute in Prague and general director of the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space.
She has been a member of different expert teams and working groups on culture policy and on mobility of artists. She is a board member of the international mobility network On-the-Move, member of the Czech Commission for UNESCO, and chairwoman of the Czech Sector Skills. She is the author of several articles and book chapters on different topics related to cultural policies. Since recently, she teaches cultural policy at the Department of Arts Management of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague DAMU and at the Department of Arts Management at the Faculty of Business Administration of the University of Economics in Prague VŠE.