Centre for Documentary and Social-Specific Theatre

Established by Archa Theatre, Prague in 2022. The Centre creates conditions for original work in the field of performing arts. The Centre connects artists who, with the help of theatrical imagery, are focused on the current problems of contemporary society.


The Centre develops the artistic and educational component of documentary and social-specific theatre. The Centre is part of an international contemporary performing arts network.



Centre for Documentary and Social-Specific Theatre
Archa Theatre
Na Poříčí 26
110 00  Prague 1
Czech Republic

Artistic director:
Jana Svobodová

Romana Sekáčová


► Read the online handbook "Social-Specific Theatre in Practice"

a handbook by Jana Svobodová available at ► https://janasvobodova.art/


► Watch the documentary film "Pretty is no longer enough"

a film by director Barbora Johansson, based on an interview with Jana Svobodová, director of the Those Who Speak For Themselves performance ►https://youtu.be/1LS5l4JCyi4


The Centre is currently working on the following projects:


International Summer School of Theatre in Social Context 2022

22 August - 4 September 2022, Archa Theatre, Prague, Czech Republic

Democracy Through Theatre

A project aimed at connecting theatre and democratic education. It focuses on decision-making processes in collective creative activity, the ability to perceive contemporary creation and tolerance, and openness to the unknown.

Those Who Speak For Themselves

This project by the Archa Theatre combines theatrical production and education in the field of documentary theatre and theatre in a social context. 

AKCENT Festival

International Festival of Documentary Theatre presented annually since 2010.

international cooperation

What’SAP – Exchange of Social Art Practices

The What’SAP project is a 2-year international project co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. It is based on the exchange of the methodologies between the four project partners from Hungary, the Czech Republic, Serbia, and France. / 2021 – 2022

Social-specific Theatre in Practice

A practical handbook by Jana Svobodová – Social-Specific Theatre in Practice / Involving “Real People” Into the Process of Theatre Creation – is available online!

Artists in War

Amplify the artist's voice - let the story be heard!