The “Marta Prizes” at the International Festival of Theatre Schools SETKÁNÍ/ENCOUNTER are not intended to create a ranking of individual performances within the main festival program, but to highlight inspiring and groundbreaking work by young artists..

Criteria for awarding the Marta prize is available here

Alan Salzenstein



Alan Salzenstein is a full professor at DePaul University in Chicago, where he serves as director of the Performing Arts Management programme in the School of Music and the MFA/Arts Leadership programme in The Theatre School.  He is the immediate past president of the international academic group, Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE), as well as an international correspondent board member with ENCATC, the European Network on Cultural Management and Policy. Salzenstein has held various executive director positions for a wide array of arts organizations over the past thirty years. In addition to a long history of theatrical producing, he has devised and overseen many special events as well as maintained an active consulting service for artists and art organizations. He is a frequent invited speaker on topics related to arts management and legal issues in the arts, having presented across North America, Europe and Asia. Salzenstein is also an attorney, focusing on issues relating to the performing arts industry.

Péter Forgács


Péter Forgács studied theatre directing at the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest as well as English literature and the Theatre history at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. After his studies, he worked at 7 different professional theatres in Budapest, Nyíregyháza, Miskolc and Győr. Among his most remarkable works are, for example, Midsummer Night’s Dream (entitled "Dream") in Komárno, Slovakia; Three Sisters (HOPPart company, Budapest) and many more. After his successful production in Komárno, he returned there to work on another show entitled The Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller. Since 2001, he is teaching at the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest and has participated with his students at several festivals in Bratislava, Beograd, Milano and even the SETKÁNÍ/ENCOUNTER festival in Brno.

Alena Zemančíková


Alena Zemančíková studied dramaturgy at the Academy of Music and  Performing Arts in Prague. Starting in 1988, she had been working as a dramaturgist at the Západočeské Theatre in Cheb. Since 1977 she has been working in the radio Český rozhlas. She wrote three radio dramas and made a number of documentary films and literary programmes.

From 2008 onwards she has been publishing her own books and some of them even received special awards (The Golden Ribbon for Kid’s Fiction, The Award of Bohumil Polan).

Besides this, she also writes for the weekly magazine Rozhlas, the magazine Listy and the literary enclosure of the daily newspaper Právo. Furthermore, she writes columns for the internet journal Referendum.

She works as an associate professor of theatre theory and critique at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Prague.

Kamila Polívková

Frédéric Poty

Kamila Polívková had created costumes and set design for dozens of Czech and foreign productions, many of which have received numerous awards and were performed at some of the major international festivals and theaters.

In the period between 2004-2012 she worked in the Prague Chamber Theatre (Theatre Komedie) in cooperation with Dušan Pařízek. In  2007, as a costume designer and set designer, she also started creating the graphic design and photographic material for the theatre.

She keeps the cooperation with Dušan Pařízek in German speaking countries (Salzburger Festspiele, Deutsches Theater Berlin, Staatsschauspiel Dresden, the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg Schauspielhaus Zürich, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Rezidenztheater München, Burghteater Wien and others).

Her directorial debut was the staging of the Cinnamon-tree Flowers (texts by the Chinese poet Li Qing-Zhao played in the Theatre 7 a půl in Brno). Then there was her directorial debut at the beginning of the theatrical season 2009/2010 in the Prague Chamber Theatre when she directed staging her own dramatization of the novel Thomas Brussig Heroes Like Us and performances Faith, Love and Hope by Ödön von Horváth and SAM by Katharina Schmitt.

Currently, she works as a director in the Studio Hrdinů in Prague (Opričník’s day, Milena recipes, Animal kingdom, Skugga Baldur, Actor and carpenter Majer talking about the state of his homeland). She had staged the play Daria Stocker Precious at the scene Schauspielahus Zürich for the International festival Transit Zurich.

In the season 2015/2016 Kamila Polívková was awarded by the Award of the Theatre newspaper for writing and directing a Czech-Icelandic production titled Skugga Baldur in the category of the Alternative Theater. Furthermore, she was nominated for the Alfred Radok Award first in Stage Design (2009), and later in the Talent category (2010). She was also nominated for the Czech Lion prize in 2012 for the best set design in the movie Waste, City, Death.

Milan Novakovic


Milan Novaković is twenty seven years old. He has graduated acting at the Academy of Arts of Novi Sad, Serbia, and he is currently attending PhD studies. He is interested in poetry, body movement, dance, and so on. As a PhD student, he would like to make further research regarding all possible human abilities that an actor could use to create a comedic character, and also to find ways of converting tragedy into comedy on stage. As an actor he works in theatres all over my country, and also recently he has started appearing in the movies. He is trying to achieve truthfulness which is, in his opinion, the most important goal for theatre and acting himself. Currently he works as an assistant to prof. Ljuboslav Majera with students of the fourth year acting class at Academy of Arts, Novi Sad.

Friederike Wrobel

Gabor Viktor          

Friederike Wrobel was born in 1991 in Hamburg, Germany. After studying German language and literature as well as media studies, she has begun studying for her master’s degree in dramaturgy at Theaterakademie August Everding in Munich. During her studies, she worked as a dramaturgist and performer in different theatre productions. At the moment, she is organizing the european student theatre festival "UWE" together with her fellow students.

Maria Popovici

Ringo Ramul

Maria Popovici was born in Sibiu, a pretty small town in the heart of Romania. She is in the 3rd year of a bachelor’s degree programme at the Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, studying Theatre Science and Cultural Management. She is 21 years old and self-described as pretty sociable, ambitious and sometimes funny. She likes every type of art, but she loves theatre even more than food.

Nikola Husková


She has participated in the Festival OST-RA-VAR as a member of the video crew (4 times). She has also attended analysis seminars and has personally contributed in them. Furthermore, she has attended Miloš Movnar´s Festival in Šumperk as a member of the student´s jury, and has written theatrical reviews which were published on rozrazilonline.cz. Since 2010, she has been attending the Setkání-Stretnutie Festival in Zlín on a yearly basis. She has cooperated with Theatre Tramtarie (Olomouc) on making records of theatre performances and trailers. She works at an amateur theatre in Otrokovice as a sound and lighting designer. She has also worked at Zlín Film Fest on a production post.        

Despite studying both Film and Theatre Studies, she is focusing on theatre during her entire studies. Her interests also include theatre festivals and displays. She believes that she has gained enough experience which could serve her to be an efficient member of the Jury.