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Szerző/Author: Tamás Jászay (University of Szeged)
E-mail: jaszay.tamas@szte.hu
Rövid életrajz/Bio: Tamás Jászay is a theatre critic, editor, university lecturer and curator. Since 2003 he has published more than 1300 articles in more than 20 magazines all around the world. Since 2008 he has been the co-editor of the critical portal Revizor (www.revizoronline.com) and since 2021 he has been working as the editor-in-chief. In 2013 he defended his PhD thesis on the history of the Krétakör Theatre. In the past decade he started to work as a curator, e.g. THEALTER Festival (Szeged, since 2014), dunaPart3 (Budapest, 2015, 2017, 2019). Between 2009 and 2013 he was teaching theatre history and theatre theory to future actors at Kaposvár University. Since February 2015 he’s been teaching at Szeged University, since 2019 as an Associate Professor.
How to cite:
Theatron, Vol. 16. No. 4. (2022): 43–53.
Cím/Title (ENG): Parallel Histories and Survival Strategies. The Szkéné Theatre and the MU Theatre yesterday and today

Receptive venues in Hungary are the „stepchildren” of the theatre structure established in 1949, which has remained essentially unchanged since then. These spaces of the independent performing arts scene could be the breeding ground of artistic innovation, progression, and experimentation, if properly subsidized by the state. This has clearly not taken place over the last few decades: neither the ever-changing funding and legislative environment, nor the public and theatre professionals’ perception of the status of the receptive venues support an improvement in the situation. This study examines and compares the theatrical profiles of two emblematic performing arts centres on the Buda side of the Hungarian capital: the Szkéné Theatre on the second floor of the Budapest University of Technology and the MU Theatre, which grew out of the former Lágymányosi Community Centre.

Keywords: independent performing arts, receptive venue, Hungarian theatre history, MU Theatre, Szkéné Theatre