Štěpàn S. Šimek is the Associate Professor of Theater and the Chair of the Theater Department at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR. He has translated a number of Czech plays into English, most notably the plays by Peter Zelenka, Vàclav Havel, Karel Steigerwald, and David Drábek. In addition to translating, Professor Šimek writes on the contemporary Czech theater, and his articles on contemporary Czech playwrights, directors, and theater companies have appeared in TheatreForum and SEEP (Slavic and East European Performance). He is also an active director, and among others, he has directed a number of his own translations both professionally and in college and university settings.
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