aura is the vision behind Rehearsal for Reality. She creates and delivers RfR’s projects that support advocacy groups, nonprofit organizations, and social service agencies in empowering the communities they serve. Laura was first introduced to Theatre of the Oppressed in 2013 and has been a convert ever since. Making theatre with the people, by the people, and for the people in a directly democratic way spoke to her in a way conventional theatre never could. And so RfR was born.
She hold certificates in Theatre of the Oppressed, Forum Theatre, and Rainbow of Desire techniques from Cardboard Citizens in London, U.K., where she trained under Adrian Jackson. She has led applied drama workshops with the public, forum theatre workshops with survivors of domestic violence and with the LGBTQ community in partnership with Prague Pride. In 2020 she will lead Prague Pride’s first ever legislative theatre event.
In her other life, Laura is an editor, educator, and actor—you can see her regularly perform on Prague’s stages with Giving Voice, z.s.
atka is our organization's superwoman. As Vice-Director, she is integral to RfR’s creative vision and crucial in forging our community service partnerships. As production manager, she handles the logistics and daily operations needed to execute our vision. We honestly don’t know how she does it all.
Katka brings to RfR a deep commitment to social justice, a background in humanitarian work, and a passion for the arts. That’s lucky for us, but it wasn’t always easy for her to decide which direction to take. At RfR, she doesn’t need to. Katka now brings her skills and love for the performing arts directly into a humanitarian context with the communities we serve, to tackle issues that matter. Her knowledge of social issues informs every creative project we do.
Apart from her work, you can see Katka perform onstage with the theatre company Giving Voice, at her best in villanous and slightly sinister roles.
att brings hard data and a tender heart to our organization. As a biologist, he is coolly objective and
knows how to dig for more. He’s also a whiz at finding funding. As a member of a minority, Matt fights
with fervor against any kind of inequality with respect to race, gender or sexual orientation. He applies
the same diligence to social justice and human rights as he does to the lab.
He joined Giving Voice, z.s., an applied drama organization in Prague, in 2019. There, he deepened his understanding of different cultures and backgrounds, revisited his own experiences, and used them to connect with an audience. His stage experience has showed him how even a single person can move others to rethink and react differently—to raise empathy. He now brings this know-how to tackling oppression in all its forms as a founding board member for us.
Matt has 10 years teaching experience in higher education. He brings to RfR his skills in performing, in sourcing funding, and IT.