Kocourek Michal

Kocourek Michal
Date of birth: August 3rd, 1965 in Prague
Name day: September 29th
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founder, artistic director, producer

Founder and artistic director of the Black Light Theatre of Prague, producer, actor, author, alumnus of the Prague State Conservatory; experts include him among the most influential personalities of the Czech cultural scene. In his youth, he was one of the most sought after child actors, with over 70 roles both on the screen and on the stage to his name.

He put together the Black Light Theatre of Prague’s first permanent scene at the Albatros Theatre (1989), then initiated the establishment of the Celetná Street Theatre, and finally, in 1991, opened the Rytířská Street Theatre, which is to this day the Black Light Theatre of Prague’s home stage. In its 25 years of existence, the company gave over 8000 performances in the Czech Republic as well as in various countries around the globe.

Michal Kocourek is also running the Palace Theatre and the Kalich Theatre, which has repeatedly received the accolade of being the most visited private theatre in the Czech Republic (according to the National Information and Consulting Centre for Culture). For the latter scene, he produced eleven successful musicals, as well as a number of plays and concerts, collaborating with leading personalities from all cultural genres.

As a producer, Michal Kocourek has outgrown the borders of the Czech Republic years ago, establishing himself as a respected partner for foreign productions. His shows have been warmly received in Seoul, South Korea; Tokyo, Japan (Hamlet, Jack the Ripper); Europe and America, often touring internationally (Europe, Asia, North and South America). He is the co-founder of the concert agency Interkoncerts, under whose heading he co-produced more than 200 concerts of international stars. He is also currently involved in producing records, big concert tours and other cultural events.

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