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International Jury

was appointed upon the suggestions of the Director of the PQ and the General Commissioner by the PQ Council. The awards are given out by the Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic at the recommendation of the International Jury  according to the Statute.


Vladimir Anshon (Estonia), stage and costume designer, icon painter and restorer. Mr. Anshon has worked at the Russian Theatre in Estonia, but his most well-known work was created in the Tallinn City Theatre in collaboration with the theatre's artistic director Elmo Nuganen and director Adolf Shapiro. He has also collaborated with theatres in Tartu, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Yekaterinburg, and Riga, and also lectures at the Eurouniversity in Tallinn. He participated in PQ in 1995 and 1999, in the latter year winning the UNESCO Prize for the promotion of the arts. He recently supervised the restoration of the temple complex of the Puktitsa Dormition Stavropigic Convent in Estonia, designing new iconostases and painting icons.

Georges Banu (France), theatre scholar, fine arts and theatre critic, pedagogue. Mr. Banu is the honorary chairman of the International Association of Theatre Critics and co-editor in chief of the magazine Alternative théâtrales. He lectures at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris and at the Catholic University in Leuven, Belgium. In addition to his other works, he has written a number of monographs about directors such as Peter Brook, Giorgio Strehler and Ariane Mnouchine. In France, Mr. Banu has three times received awards for his books on theatre, and also received the UNESCO Prize for his films on Chekhov and Shakespeare.

Vladimír Franz (Czech Republic), composer, painter, author. He has composed more than 120 compositions for theatre productions, in which he follows the principle of his own theoretical concept of the independent status of stage music as one of the determining components of the drama. Among his most important pieces are an opera-oratorio Ludus Danielis, the opera The War with the Newts (Valka s mloky), and the ballet production Goldilocks (Zlatovlaska), which can be seen at the National Theatre in Prague. He currently lectures at the Theatre Faculty of AMU in Prague. He is also four-time recipient of the Alfred Radok and Theatre News Awards.

Dorita Hannah (New Zealand), architect, scenographer. With Carol Brown, Ms. Hannah has conducted international workshops focusing on movement and architecture. She lectures at the Massey University’s College of Design, Fine Arts and Music. Her design work has received awards both in New Zealand and internationally, including the UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of the Arts in 1999. Ms. Hannah is also a finalist for the 4th Milka Bliznakov International Prize for woman active in the field of architecture. She first exhibited at the PQ 95, was the co-commissioner of the New Zealand exhibition in 1999, and was the author of the architectural concept of the Heart of the PQ project in 2003.

Richard Hudson (United Kingdom), stage and costume designer. Mr. Hudson has created designs for many successful productions in the UK (for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Yung Vic) as well as in Zurich, Florence, Paris and also for the Bregenz Festival. Mr. Hudson won the Tony Award for his set designs used in the Broadway production of The Lion King, which were then recreated for other productions all over the world. He received the Gold Medal for Scenography for his designs of Tamerlano during the PQ 03. His future projects include a project of La Forza del Destino at the Staatsoper Vienna.

Koffi Kwahulé (Ivory Coast/France), dramatist, actor, writer, director. Mr. Kwahulé has written more than twenty plays, many have been translated into several languages and has received many awards. His most famous plays are 1+1=1, the theatre hit of Ivory Coast in 1982; Cette vieville magie noire, awarded the Grand Prix Tchicaya U Tam´si in 1992; La Dame du café d´en face, awarded SACD-RFI in 1994 and Village fou ou Les déconnards awarded UNESCO MASA 99.

Rumi Matsui (Japan), set designer. Ms. Matsui studied and has worked in London for many years. She has designed more than one hundred productions and won many awards and nominations, including a Tony nomination for Best Scenic Design of a Musical in 2005 with the production of Pacific Overtures for the Studio 54 on Broadway. She is currently instructor of set design at the Tama Art University in Japan, and works as a scenographer in Japan as well as other countries around the world.

Monica Raya (Mexico), architect, scenographer and costume designer. She has worked with many famous directors. She explores the use of light, costumes and space in performance. She also works as Professor at the Colegio de Literatura drámatica y teatro at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and the National School of Theatrical Art. She received the Gold Medal for Costume Design at the World Stage Design in 2005.

José Carlos Serroni (Brazil), architect, scenographer, costume designer. Mr. Serroni has worked for several years with one of Brazil’s most famous directors Antuanes Filho in the Centre for Theatrical Research in Sao Paulo. In 1989, he established his own studio Espaço Cenográfico de São Paulo, where he concentrates his activities as a professional and as an educator. He conducts unique scenographic courses free of charge, conducts workshops, and has a special library open to the public. Mr. Serroni has taken part in the PQ 87 (honourable mention), 91, 95 (Gold Triga), 99 (Gold Medal for Theatre Architecture), and 03.

Austin M. C. Wang (Taiwan), stage and lighting designer. He works with artists and theatres from all over the world. He worked for several years in the USA, and when he returned to Taiwan he served as technical manager and stage manager for the National Theatre Taipei, and also as technical director at the China Times Performing Centre. He is Cloud Gate Dance Theatre’s Technical Consultant and Resident Set Designer (the performance Songs of the Wanderers was presented during the Tanec Praha dance festival in 1995). He teaches at the theatre department at the Chinese Cultural University. He is the president of the Taiwan Association of Theatre Technology, Taiwan Centre of OISTAT.

Mary Zimmmerman (USA), director, writer. Ms. Zimmerman is a member of the Lookingglass Theatre Company of Chicago, an Artistic Associate of the Goodman Theatre and a Professor of Performance Studies at Northwestern University. She is a 1998 recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship. In 2002, she received the Tony Award for Best Direction for her original adaptation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses. .That same year, she created a new opera with Philip Glass called Galileo Galilei that played at the Goodman Theatre, the Barbican in London, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. In the autumn of 2007, she will direct the opera Lucia di Lammermoor at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.



The Jury for the Prague Quadrennial 2007 consisted of five members from different parts of the world, appointed by mutual agreement between the Director-General and the organizers of the event. All of them are eminent specialists in the fields of performing arts, drama or stage design:

Mr. Rolf Abderhalden (Colombia), Director of MAPA theatre and professor at the Art Faculty of the Universidad Nacional de Columbia;

Mr. Nissar Allana (India), scenograhpic designer and Director of the Dramatic Art and Design Academy in Delhi;

Ms. Hope Azeda (Rwanda), Executive Committee member of the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People (ASSITEJ International); 

Mr. Manfred Beilharz (Germany), President of the International Theatre Institute (ITI); Chairman of the UNESCO Jury

Mr. Jan Dušek (Czech Republic), Head of Scenography Department at the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

Assisting the jury in its work was UNESCO representative, Mrs Tereza Wagner, Senior Programme Specialist, in charge of the cultural events, Executive Office of the Culture Sector and Coordinator of the UNESCO Prize for the promotion of the arts.



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