We lay behind the radiators and called the director to say what was going on
Ivan Kalina was born on November 10, 1942 in Pilsen. His father Václav Kalina had a company with dental technology, his mother stayed in the household where two of Ivan’s step-brothers lived with them. In 1945, a witness experienced the bombing of Pilsen and overflights of Allied air unions. After liberation, he met American soldiers, for whom his older brother worked as an interpreter. February 1948 marked the end of his father’s business and later the emigration of Ivan’s step-brother Bohuslav to the West. As a primary school student, he experienced mass protests in the spring of 1953 against the announced monetary reform - the so-called Pilsen Uprising. During his high school studies, the witness began performing in a school theater ensemble. Over time, he went through up to eight ensembles, gaining the most experience in the studio at the J. K. Tyl Theater. Although he did not get into the long-desired acting studies, at the age of eighteen he began his first engagement at the theater in Varnsdorf. He began his basic military service in the autumn of 1961 at the Zelená Hora chateau near Nepomuk. In the second half of October 1962, he experienced combat activation of his anti-aircraft unit during the Caribbean crisis. In November 1962, he married actress Božena Nevrlková. After the military service he started engagements in Olomouc and Jihlava, in 1966 he became a member of the theater ensemble in the then Gottwald. In the days of August 1968, he took part in anti-occupation protests at the theater and during the autumn he performed in anti-totalitarian productions. In July 1989, he signed the petition A Few Sentences. In November 1989, Ivan Kalina became one of the leading figures of the Velvet Revolution at the Gottwald Theater. Since 1990, he was leading the theater for eight years. He later devoted himself to acting again and retired in 2004, but occasionally plays to this day (2019).