Radka Kunderová is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the Institute of Theatre Studies of the Freie Universität Berlin.
The main focus of her research is the relationship between theatre and the society, and the political in particular. She has published studies on shifts in the authoritative discourse in the Czech theatre and theatre criticism during the period of the Perestroika (1985–1989), on hierarchies among the national theatre discourses during the Cold War, and on artistic research.
In the past, she worked as the Head of the Institute for Theatre Research and an Assistant Professor at the JAMU Theatre Faculty in Brno, Czech Republic. Her international research and academic collaborations include Centre for Performance Research (Aberystwyth, UK), Copenhagen International Theatre (Denmark), Freie Universität Berlin and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She was a chair at JAMU’s international PhD conferences and the editor of the volume Current Challenges in Doctoral Theatre Research (2017). Educating both Czech and international BA, MA and PhD students, her teaching activities have focused on the current political theatre in Central Europe, Czech theatre history and theatre criticism.
As a theatre critic, she has published e.g. on the work of She She Pop, Krystian Lupa, Thomas Ostermeier, Nicholas Hytner, Lucia Repašská and Róbert Alföldi, and has been an external editor of the Svět a divadlo (World and Theatre) theatre magazine.