JOSEF NOVÁK-WAJDA

He was born in 1953 in historical Litomyšl and he spent there his childhood and years of schooling. After graduation at the Department of acting at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno, he performed at theatres in Šumperk and Olomouc. Then he stayed in the drama company of the State Theatre Ostrava and in the Petr Bezruč Theatre Company. Finally, he returned to the State Theatre, the current National Moravian-Sileasian Theatre, to the operetta company. 
 
In every theatre company, he has played a wide range of roles: in Šumperk he introduced himself as  Miller in Jirásek’s The Lantern and as Porthos in The Three Musketeers Twenty Years After, in Olomouc as Lennie in Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Man and as Porthos again, as McMurphy  in a dramatization of Ken Kesey’s novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, as Vavřena in the musical A Philosophical History, as the Fool in King Lear, as Scrivener in The Duchess of Waldstein’ Armies and in many other title and supporting roles. 
 
He started his engagement in Ostrava by playing Pierre Bezuchov in Tolstoy’s War and Peace and Mitchell in A Streetcar Named Desire. He has also created the role of Horatio in Hamlet and roles in Jiří Suchý’s musicals Johannes, doctor Faust and A Rail Switch, he has also played the role of one of the sons in Death of a Salesman and in many other productions of the repertoire at that time. In Ostrava, he started to cooperate both with radio and with the Czech Television and he has starred in the series called Lawyer ex offo. His work for television reached its peak in television fairy tales which were directed by deceased Zdeněk Havlíček – “About a king, astronomer and three musicians” and “Devil, stick to your knitting”
 
For fifteen years, he has taught acting at the Janáček conservatory and Grammar School in Ostrava.  There he has directed several plays and operas from which he appreciates the most:  the musical Nurses, dramas A Reherseal by Arnošt Goldflam, Igor Bauerfsima’s Norway Today and operas Cage is the Thing and Comedy on the Bridge
 
In the current engagement in operetta company, he has enjoyed the role of water goblin Čochtan in Finian’s Rainbow and also his last big role – Saturnin Brambor in Podskalák. However, he likes even the small parts because there are no small parts and to play in front of the full theatre is balm to the soul. 

 

Production team - Season:
ANYTHING GOESAssistant director
CATS2th Assistant director
EDITH AND MARLENEAssistant director
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTARAssistant director
REBECCAAssistant director
ROMEO AND JULIET2th Assistant director
ANYTHING GOESAssistant director
CATS2th Assistant director
EDITH AND MARLENEAssistant director
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTARAssistant director
JOSEF AND HIS AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT Assistant director
KISS ME, KATE Assistant director
L2!Assistant director
REBECCAAssistant director
ROMEO AND JULIET2th Assistant director
THE PHANTOM OF A MUSICAL - Michael Prostějovský - a concertStage director
EDITH AND MARLENEAssistant director
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTARAssistant director
KISS ME, KATE Assistant director
L2!Assistant director
REBECCAAssistant director
ROMEO AND JULIET2th Assistant director
THE OPERA BALLAssistant director
THE PHANTOM OF LONDONAssistant director
EDITH AND MARLENEAssistant director
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTARAssistant director
JOSEF AND HIS AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT Assistant director
KISS ME, KATE Assistant director
L2!Assistant director
REBECCAAssistant director
SUNSET BOULEVARDAssistant director
THE OPERA BALLAssistant director
THE PHANTOM OF LONDONAssistant director
EDITH AND MARLENEAssistant director
FUNNY GIRLAssistant director
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTARAssistant director
L2!Assistant director
LA BELLE HÉLÉNEAssistant director
LONDON CALLING - CONCERT Assistant director
MRAZÍK (The Father Frost)Assistant director
SUNSET BOULEVARDAssistant director
THE OPERA BALLAssistant director
THE PHANTOM OF LONDONAssistant director
A NIGHT AT KARLŠTEJNAssistant director
EDITH AND MARLENEAssistant director
FUNNY GIRLAssistant director
JOSEF AND HIS AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT Assistant director
LA BELLE HÉLÉNEAssistant director
MRAZÍK (The Father Frost)Assistant director
SUNSET BOULEVARDAssistant director
THE COUSIN FROM NOWHEREAssistant director
THE GYPSY PRINCESS Assistant director
THE PHANTOM OF LONDONAssistant director
A NIGHT AT KARLŠTEJNAssistant director
EDITH AND MARLENEAssistant director
JOSEF AND HIS AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT Assistant director
LA BELLE HÉLÉNEAssistant director
MRAZÍK (The Father Frost)Assistant director
THE GYPSY PRINCESS Assistant director
THE PHANTOM OF LONDONAssistant director
A NIGHT AT KARLŠTEJNAssistant director
JOSEF AND HIS AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT Assistant director
MRAZÍK (The Father Frost)Assistant director
POLISH BLOODAssistant director
THE GYPSY PRINCESS Assistant director
THE PHANTOM OF LONDONAssistant director
A NIGHT AT KARLŠTEJNAssistant director
MAMZELLE NITOUCHEAssistant director
MRAZÍK (The Father Frost)Assistant director
PARDON MY ENGLISHAssistant director
POLISH BLOODAssistant director
A NIGHT AT KARLŠTEJNAssistant director
MAMZELLE NITOUCHEAssistant director
PARDON MY ENGLISHAssistant director
THE BATAssistant director
MAMZELLE NITOUCHEAssistant director
THE BATAssistant director

Cast - Season:
ANYTHING GOESBartender Fred
COLLABORATORS2.actor
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
A YEAR IN A VILLAGEHrabálek
ANYTHING GOESBartender Fred
COLLABORATORS2.actor
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
KISS ME, KATE
KISS ME, KATE
SELF-PROCLAIMED TSAR
THE PHANTOM OF LONDON
FUNNY GIRL
KISS ME, KATE
SELF-PROCLAIMED TSAR
SUNSET BOULEVARD
THE PHANTOM OF LONDON
FUNNY GIRL
JAPERY ACCORDING TO ARISTOPHANES
LA BELLE HÉLÉNEUpper slave, Euthykles, Chief of technician
SUNSET BOULEVARD
THE PHANTOM OF LONDON
A NIGHT AT KARLŠTEJN
FUNNY GIRL
JAPERY ACCORDING TO ARISTOPHANES
LA BELLE HÉLÉNEUpper slave, Euthykles, Chief of technician
SUNSET BOULEVARD
THE COUSIN FROM NOWHERE
THE GYPSY PRINCESS Ambassador Mac Grave
THE PHANTOM OF LONDON
A NIGHT AT KARLŠTEJN
LA BELLE HÉLÉNEUpper slave, Euthykles, Chief of technician
THE COUSIN FROM NOWHERE
THE GYPSY PRINCESS Ambassador Mac Grave
THE PHANTOM OF LONDON
A NIGHT AT KARLŠTEJN
FINIAN’S RAINBOW
POLISH BLOOD
THE GYPSY PRINCESS Ambassador Mac Grave
Kiss, advocate
THE PHANTOM OF LONDON
A NIGHT AT KARLŠTEJN
FINIAN’S RAINBOW
MAMZELLE NITOUCHE
PARDON MY ENGLISH
POLISH BLOOD
A NIGHT AT KARLŠTEJN
MAMZELLE NITOUCHE
THE BATFrosch, vězeňský dozorce
MAMZELLE NITOUCHE
THE BATFrosch, vězeňský dozorce
SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
Photos - Season:
A YEAR IN A VILLAGE
Tomáš Jirman (Chairman), Pavel Liška (Stéskal), Josef Novák-Wajda (Hrabálek), Miroslav Rataj (Chocholáč), Stanislav Šárský (Parson), František Večeřa (Krištof), Renáta Klemensová (Chairman´s wife)
Photo by: Radovan Šťastný
A YEAR IN A VILLAGE
Pavel Liška (Stéskal), Josef Novák-Wajda (Hrabálek), Miroslav Rataj (Chocholáč), Stanislav Šárský (Parson)
Photo by: Radovan Šťastný
COLLABORATORS
Renáta Klemensová (Jelena), František Strnad (Michail Bulgakov), Roman Harok (1.actor), Aneta Klimešová (Eva), Martina Šnytová (Anna), Josef Novák-Wajda (2.actor)
Photo by: Radovan Šťastný
COLLABORATORS
Roman Harok (1.actor), František Strnad (Michail Bulgakov), Josef Novák-Wajda (2.actor)
Photo by: Radovan Šťastný
FUNNY GIRL
Josef Novák-Wajda, Eva Zbrožková (Emma), Veronika Prášil Gidová (Mimsey)
Photo by: Martin Popelář
THE COUSIN FROM NOWHERE
Josef Lekeš, Josef Novák-Wajda, Denisa Bílá
Photo by: Martin Popelář
THE BAT
Miroslav Urbánek st. (Frank, ředitel věznice), Josef Novák-Wajda (Frosch, vězeňský dozorce)
Photo by: Vojtěch Bartek