Marketa Fantova has joined Robe as international education programme coordinator and designer, where her role will be co-ordinating Robe’s existing Next Robe Generation (NRG) programme on an international level.
Robe Commercial Director, Josef Valchar Jr commented: “We are delighted to have Marketa onboard. We have known each other for some time, she has the right knowledge and extensive connections in the arts and education worlds, great communication and diplomatic skills, and we are all looking forward to working alongside her as she develops this important and exciting aspect of Robe’s future vision.”
Marketa has over 10 years of university undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate teaching experience. She has worked as a cross-cultural project developer, a diversity advocate and an international curator.
For the past seven years, she has been the artistic director of the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (PQ), one of the most important festivals dedicated to scenography and performance design.
Marketa, who is currently based in Prague, commented: “This is a truly exciting opportunity and will be an excellent and creative use of my skills and experiences. Many of my own past curatorial and teaching efforts and thoughts align perfectly with Robe’s forward-thinking in aiming to integrate breakthrough designers and technicians via arts industry outreach,” Fantova continued. “Robe’s leadership, the visionaries behind the NRG programme concept and myself see a real potential for the synergies between technology, art, and education.”
She noted that her significant experience of “numerous” university programmes in lighting design and technology all suggest “a strong and supportive industry connection.”