MgA. Stanislav MOŠA
Born in 1956 in Nový Jičín, Moša studied Music and Drama at the State Conservatory in Ostrava, and later Theatre Directing at Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno (JAMU). After finishing his degree, he became a director at the Mrštík Brothers Theatre under Milan Pásek and directed a number of successful and critically acclaimed productions. He completed his military service as a dramaturge of the so-called small units at Army Art Ensemble in Prague (1983/1984).
In 1989 Moša started directing at the National Theatre and created numerous successful productions: Hubač’s “Modrý Pavilon”, Žáček’s “Ptákoviny podle Aristofana”, Spiró’s Garden. During 1984 and 1994 he taught Drama and Musical Acting, Directing, and Theatre Management and Brno JAMU. For three years he also worked as Artistic Director at the university’s Marta studio.In September 1990 he became Artistic Director of the Mrštík Brothers Theatre. In February 1992 he succeeded J. Kolegar as Managing Director, renamed Brno City Theatre in 1993, and has been managing it since.
Moša has directed over 150 productions, both in Czech theatres and abroad, in Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Luxemburg, Switzerland, Slovakia, Austria, Croatia, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. His dramatic productions include A. Casona – The House With Seven Balconies and The Lady of the Dawn, J. Schmidt – “Třináct vůní”, K. Tachovský – “Mor”, J. Bouček – “Noc pastýřů”, B. Hrabal – “Něžný barbar”, N. V. Gogol – The Government Inspector, S. Shepard – A Lie of the Mind, V. Nezval – “Manon Lescaut”, E. Rostand – Cyrano de Bergerac, W. Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet and George VIII., R. Bean – Honeymoon Suite, F. Mitterer – “V jámělvové”, A. P. Čechov – Three Sisters, M. Kundera – “Jakub a jehopán”. He dramatized Simon Mawer’s novel The Glass Room and directed Shakespeare’s The Venetian Merchant and King Lear starring BoleslavPolívka.
His musical productions include “Oliver!”, “My Fair Lady (ze Zelňáku)”, “Radúz a Mahulena”, The Witches of Eastwick, Les Misérables, Chicago, Spring Awakening, “Ptákoviny podle Aristofana”, Pope Joan, Sugar! (Some Like It Hot), Blood Brothers, Flash dance, Cats, Ghost, Titanic and others. He directed musical shows of “Musicals of Broadway” and “Magical Broadway”. Among some other musicals directed by Moša are Midsummer Nights’ Dreams, West Side Story, Cabaret, Evita, Fame, Jesus Christ Superstar, and others.
Stanislav Moša is also a writer, librettist and songwriter and has worked with Zdenek Merta and Petr Ulrych. His most successful texts in drama were his adaptations of I. Kříž’s The Truth about the Fall of Sodom, J. Hašek’s novel The Good Soldier Švejk and Simon Mawer’s novel The Glass Room. In musical theatre he has written for example “The Midsummer Nights’ Dreams” (1991) in collaboration with Zdenek Merta, a dramatic oratorio Bastard (1993), and a musical opera Babylon (1998. He worked with Petr Ulrych on the musical ballad “Radúz and Mahulena” (1997) and the musical “Koločava” (2001) based on the tales of Nikola Šuhaj, May (2004) based on the works of Karel Hynek Mácha, and “Markéta Lazarová” (2007). His large project Bernsein’s Mass (1997 and 2001), created with Zdenek Merta, featured over 300 performing at the Prague castle and in Brno’s Rondo Hall. Moša directed and wrote the libretto for Merta’s opera La Roulette presented at the State Opera in 2005.
Stanislav Moša founded today’s Music Theatre, the second stage of the Brno City Theatre, which opened on 2 October 2004.