Mgr. Pavel Bár, Ph.D., was born in Třebíč, Czech Republic, has an MA in Theatre Studies from Charles University in Prague and a PhD from the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he’s currently teaching and researching musical theatre history. He is the author of monographies From Operetta to Musical (Popular Music Theatre in Czechoslovakia since 1945) and Karlin Theatre: From Variety Shows to Musicals; his articles have been published in anthologies and peer-reviewed journals. Together with his colleague Michael Prostejovsky he creates and presents Czech Radio’s weekly show about musical theatre “Muzikal Expres”. He is also a theatre practitioner – as a dramaturg he has frequently collaborated with the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava, in October 2016 he became dramaturg of the musical company at JK Tyl Theatre in Pilsen. He has co-translated Kálmán’s operetta The Czárdás Princess and also Billy Elliot – The Musical into Czech and co-written the original Czech musical The Phantom of London.