The Katona József Theatre is the best known Hungarian theatre company - a public theatre, supported mainly by the City of Budapest. As an independent company, it was born in 1982, seceding of the National Theatre of Budapest, led by general director Gábor Székely and art director Gábor Zsámbéki. Between 1989 and 2011 the post of general director has been held by Gábor Zsámbéki with Gábor Máté as general stage director, Tamás Ascher and Péter Gothár at his side as stage directors. Besides them, Árpád Schilling and Viktor Bodó started the career as director at Katona. From the younger generation, András Dömötör and Dániel Kovács direct on its stage.
On February 1st, 2011 Gábor Máté became the artistic director of Katona József Theatre, with Tamás Ascher as general stage director, Gábor Zsámbéki and Péter Gothár as stage directors.
The Katona József Theatre has extensive international connections and it is a founding member of the Union of European Theatres. The company regularly embarks on international tours and to date has performed in more than 60 cities of the world from Paris to Chicago, from London to Bogota, from Milan to Adelaide. The productions and artists of the Katona have received numerous important national and international awards.