USC Cinematic Arts

Petra Lebdušková was born in Litomyšl in 1982. She studied costume and stage design at the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts (DAMU) in Prague, graduating in 2010, and also studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et des Métiers d‘Art in Paris (textile design).

While still a student, she established intensive collaboration with the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU), above all its international department, for which she created numerous costumes and sets for short films. She designed the costumes for Lucie Groene’s short film The Beggar’s Story (2009), which won the Best Picture/Best Art Direction awards at the MPI Film Festival.

Furthermore, Petra was a production and costume designer for music videos and she also designed events like the Prague Opera Ball (2012).

When it comes to theatre, she has designed several theatre projects. Recently her focus has been on the design of costumes for ballet; of key importance was her work with Petr Zuska, the head of Czech National Ballet in Prague, for his choreography Death and the Maiden (2011), created for Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo (Casino-Salle Garnier). She designed costumes for the performance Czech ballet symphony II.(2014) at the National theatre with Petr Zuska, for his choreography Stabat Mater (music by Antonin Dvorak) and with Viktor Konvalinka for Guru (music by Jan Jirasek).

Since 2012 she has worked for FAMU as the Head of Production Design Department in Studio Famu. She is also heading the production design module for foreign students in Master's Degree program in Cinematography.