Marka Míková

Marka Míková

České Budějovice, 1959
Writer

Marka Míková is a multifaceted artist who feels just as at home navigating punk music, puppet theater, and theatrical directing, as putting on improvisational children's performances in hospitals. After graduating high school in Prague in 1979, she began her career as a prompter and trainee at the Victorious February Theatre (now Klicpera Theatre) in Hradec Králové. In 1981, she took a position at the Na Františku hospital in Prague. In 1983, she completed the People's Conservatory in Prague where she had studied theater under Ivan Vyskočil, and furthered her education in directing and dramaturgy at the Puppetry Department of the Academy of Performing Arts, culminating in her original staging of Matky (Mothers). From 1987 to 1996, she directed at Prague's Minor puppet theatre, with notable productions including Karkulín ze střechy (Karkulín on the Roof), Paví král (The Peacock King), and Létající ryba (The Flying Fish). She also created and directed original productions like Podzem (Underworld) at the Braník Theatre and adapted J. Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress at Rubín theatre in 1999. Between 1999 and 2001, she was a presenter at Radio Limonádový Joe and contributed to the program magazine 14. Currently, she teaches at the Higher Professional School of Acting, specializes in puppet acting, and directs dubbing. Míková is a key figure in the Loutky v nemocnicích (Puppets in Hospitals) project. She has appeared in TV films, including Robinsonka and Jak se budí princezny (How To Wake a Princess), and was a member of the bands Plyn, Dybbuk, and Zuby nehty, with whom she recorded five albums and co-authored a book of lyrics. Her work has been featured in the interview book Otočila jsem hlavu tím směrem (I Turned My Head That Way) and her literary texts and poetry have appeared in Tvar. She was nominated for a Magnesia Litera award in 2007 for her book Knihufoss.