The Theatre Institute (1961) is a modern European institution under the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic and its mission is to provide Slovak and international public with complete information services regarding theatre.
The priority of the Theatre Institute is its scientific and researching activity.
It also monitors, examines and assesses Slovak dramatic production. Another of the priorities of the Theatre Institute is its documentation activity – a systematic collecting, editing, preserving and exhibition of its collections.
The Theatre Institute also performs activities which lead to organizing of cultural and educational events – independently or within a co-operation – using for this purpose its own multi-media space – The Studio 12. It also organizes the Nová drama / New Drama Festival and the Drama competition for the best Slovak play.
By joining the network of international and non-governmental institutions (ITI, ENICPA, IETM, SIBMAS, Culture Action Europe, FIRT, AICT) the Institute has improved its services designed for Slovak theatres, theatre professionals and the general public.
By the continual, concentrated and professional work of its employees the Theatre Institute, in the context of Slovak theatrical and cultural consciousness, plays a role of the equal partner as well as inspiring element towards Slovak theatre.