František Strnad was born in Valtice in the Southern Moravia region - five minutes before the midnight of 9th January 1970. To make his birthday nicer, his official day of birth was shifted to 10th January (which was the birthday of one of the socialist presidents Gustav Husák).
He had lived in Břeclav until the age of 14 and then he moved outside the city, but he was still attending a grammar school in Břeclav. As a boy, he dreamed of being a veterinarian. He was good at basketball but since he has not grown tall, he has always played it just for fun. He is a good skier (although there are no big mountains in the Southern Moravia region) and his athletic career seemed pretty promising until he gave it up when he was young.
During his studies at the grammar school he attended two hobby groups: singing (called “Polyfonia”) and drama (called “Regyna”; this one was led by Mr. and Mrs. Kaněra who were also having lots of fun with František’s parents in the poetry club called “Proměna”). So he used to spend his time in a pretty commendable way until the last year of his studies when he started to boycott everything – and he wasn’t sure what to do with his life. With no ambitions, he decided to apply to the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts (JAMU) in Brno. He was admitted and started studying acting under the supervision of Mr. Mihula and Mrs. Talpová. His new teachers after the revolution were Mr. Sherhaufer and Mr. Moša.
After graduation he decided to move to Olomouc where he spent one and a half year and was guided by Mr. Jansa, Mr. Klemens and Mr. Balaďa. Then he was enthralled by the personality and skills of Mr. Janík and escaped to the Petr Bezruč Theatre where he spent four and a half happy years. After that he decided to enter the “golden portals” of the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre. Here he has been, more or less, influenced by directors Deák, Klimsza, Gábor, Šimák, and others.
“I performed many roles during that time. Some of them were unforgettable, I really enjoyed them, others were small (though there are no small roles), or quite bad since they gave me a hard time or I didn’t believe in them. But there is always some outcome and it is up to other people to evaluate that. It’s up to those who love theatre and all that belongs to it (ups and downs, achievements and disgrace), those who are pleased to be enchanted and surprised, or those who are just being taught and they are looking for something that is not there, or vice versa.
And what about me and the theatre? It's a constant battle between my understanding of the world and life at the stage and in reality. It is happiness, love, hatred, suffering, laughter, crying, fulfilment and despair. A piece of internal foolishness which is essential for every actor. I am a child. A big child. A big dreaming child...”
Since František Strnad is a modest man, we would like to name at least some of his unforgettable roles at the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre: the Knight (Ondine), the King (Thomas Becket), Zacharias Moirron (Molière), Ernst Ludwig (Cabaret), Claudius (Hamlet), Valmont (Dangerous Liaisons), Per (A Theatre Comedy), Eilert Lövborg (Hedda Gabler), Michal (The Pillowman), Trigorin (The Seagull), Valenta (War with the Newts), Merric (Abandonment), Alan Bennett (The Lady in the Van), and others.