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Zuzana Stivínová was born in 1973 in Prague. In 1992 she graduated from the Prague Conservatory, where she studied music and dramatic art. While still a student, she appeared as a guest at several Prague theatres. With the Kašpar company, of which she was a member from 1991 to 1994, she acted in Roxana, Flowers for Algernon (Miss Kinian, directed by Jakub Špalek), Doňa Juana (Doňa Ines) and Kathy of Heilbronn (the gunsmith, directed by Michal Dočekal). Between 1994 and 2000 she was permanently engaged at the National Theatre in Prague. Her most noteworthy roles include Desdemona, Marysha, Imogen in Cymbeline, Varvara in The Cherry Orchard and Margarita in Faust. In this period she performed as a guest at Divadlo Na zábradlí. In 1995 she received the Alfréd Radok Prize as the Talent of the Year. Since 2000 she has appeared as a guest at the National Theatre and collaborated with the Bolek Polívka Theatre (Variations on Booze).
Her first film was Houpačka (Swing) directed by Plívová-Šimková (1990). In 1998 she acted in Karel Kachyňa’s television production Three Kings. She was nominated for the Czech Lion award for the lead role in Věra Chytilová’s black comedy Pasti, pasti, pastičky (Traps, Traps, Little Traps, 1998). Furthermore, she played the title role in Eliška má ráda divočinu (Elise Likes the Wilderness,1999), appeared in Drahomíra Vihanová’s Report on the Pilgrimage of the Students Petr and Jakub (2000), and for the role in Vladimír Michálek’s film Anděl Exit (Angel Exit, 2000) she won another Czech Lion nomination. She has collaborated on Czech Television projects with the directors Lucie Bělohradská, Ivan Rajmont and Vladimír Michálek. The lead role in Michaela Pavlátová’s psychological story Nevěrné hry (Unfaithful Games, 2003), which received an honourable mention at the San Sebastian film festival, again brought her a nomination for the Czech Lion award.
In recent years she has collaborated with Petr Nikolaev on the film Kousek nebe (The Piece of Heaven) and Jan Němec on Toyen, premiered in 2005. In addition to dramatic art, Zuzana Stivínová is involved in dubbing, radio work and on numerous occasions she has performed with her father, the multi-instrumental Jiří Stivín, as a singer (jazz and chanson).
Update: April 2007