We were afraid that the People’s Militia would disperse the gathering in front of the Theatre
Petr Dohnal was born on 20 November 1960 in Pardubice. He never met his biological father and took his stepfather’s surname. His mother was a nurse. At the age of thirteen, he performed at the theatre in Pardubice for the first time. He graduated from the Secondary Vocational School of Chemistry in Opatovice. After graduation, he was accepted at DAMU (Academy of Performing Arts in Prague). He worked at the State Theatre in Brno and at the Oldřich Stibor State Theatre in Olomouc (now the Moravian Theatre). In 1987, he took up a permanent engagement at the East Bohemian Theatre in Pardubice. In November 1989, he was one of the initiators of the Velvet Revolution in Pardubice. Despite being threatened by the State Security, he stood at the birth of the local branch of the Civic Forum. The staircase in front of the Pardubice theatre had become the centre of the revolutionary events. Together with his comrades, they went around factories and schools to acquaint people with current events and explain the political situation. In 1999, Petr Dohnal accepted the position of director of the East Bohemian Theatre in Pardubice. In addition, he founded his own dubbing studio. In 2016, he was awarded the Medal of the City of Pardubice.