Researcher / Editor / Educator / Curator
My name is Barbora Prihodova. I am a researcher, editor, curator, and educator with a strong academic background and extensive professional experience in the field of theatre, performance design/scenography, and visual arts.
My writing, curatorial and research projects bridge Europe and North America, particularly through my long-term collaboration with Prague Quadrennial, the world’s largest festival and exhibit dedicated to performance design and space.
Whether I write, edit, curate, or teach, I advocate for the significance of theatre arts as a powerful cultural, social and political force. My practice grows from genuine care for the arts and the people who make it.
I work independently with artists and scholars to document, analyze, and promote their practices. I guide them through the writing process of grant applications, artist statements, academic papers, theses/dissertations, and promotional materials.
I have a PhD. in theatre studies and M.A. in English from Masaryk University, Czech Republic. My dissertation focused on the work of Czechoslovak scenographer Josef Svoboda.
My expertise in histories of theatre, performance, and visual arts has given me the opportunity to develop a series of skills in academic writing, grant writing, curatorial and historiographic research, and teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses in Europe and in the United States.
I have gained unique experience in intercultural communication collaborating with practicing artists internationally.
My research and curatorial projects have been recognized by Fulbright Research Scholarship, Mellon Fellowship, and New York Public Library Research Fellowship.
I currently live in the Philadelphia area where I teach at Villanova University and the University of the Arts, and I write for thINKingDANCE.