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23 November 1921|
Skrýšov, Pelhřimov, Czechoslovakia
6 November 2009 (aged 87)|
Prague, Czech Republic
|Occupation||Theater director, Dissident|
Krejca was born in Skrýšov, Pelhřimov, Czechoslovakia, on 23 November 1921. In 1956, Krejca became a member of the Prague National Theater as an actor. He later became a theater director at the landmark theater, which opened in Prague in 1881. Krejča co-founded the Za Branou Theater (Divadlo za branou: 'Theatre Behind the Gate') in Prague in 1965.
Krejca and his work was banned following the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, which ended a period of political liberalization known as the Prague Spring. The Czechoslovakian government would not allow Krejca to work in the country, and he was only allowed to work abroad. He went on to direct more than 40 theater productions, including in Austria, Italy, Belgium, France, Germany, Finland and Sweden. Krejca returned to work in his homeland following the fall of the Czechoslovakian Communist government in 1989. He was bestowed numerous Czech and foreign awards for his work.
- "Well known Czech theater director Otomar Krejca dies at 87". Associated Press. Star Tribune. 2009-11-06. Retrieved 2012-03-18.