Professor Nenad Novaković, PhD, expert in electronic media and management in culture (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Professor Žanina Mirčevska MA, dramaturge, dramatist and professor at Academy of Theater, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana – UL AТRFT (Slovenia)
Tatjana Radišić, costume designer (Serbia)
Dušan Kovačević, actor and artistic director of the Municipal Theater in Podgorica (Montenegro)
Vasil Vasilev, director and manager of the Ivan Vazov Theater in Sofia (Bulgaria)
Professor NENAD STOJAN NOVAKOVIĆ, PhD was born in Gornji Vijačani near Prnjavor, B&H, on 6.11.1960. He completed all educational levels on time. Proud to have been a scholarship holder of the Tito Fund. So far, he has dedicated his life to working in the media, culture and aviation. A full professor at the university, lecturer at several faculties, founder and director of the most respectable higher education institution in B&H, Banja Luka College (BLC) and dean of the Faculty of Media at the International University of Travnik (IUT). Author of six books, participant of dozens of scientific and professional conferences and meetings, author and co-author of more than one hundred professional and scientific texts. Founder and editor of Stav, Aktuelnosti and Agon magazines, President of the Association of Publishers of the Republic of Srpska, President of the Ethics Committee of the Association of Journalists of the Republic of Srpska, former President of the Association of Publishers of the Republic of Srpska, President of the Ethics Committee of the Association of Journalists of the Republic of Srpska, former President of the Aviation Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina, director of Glas Srpska, National Theater of the Republic of Srpska, director of Independent Television. Organizer of several theater festivals, member of the jury and participant in the selection of festivals and the selection of dramatic and literary texts. Active in the media, sports and political life of B&H, pilot and proud father of two sons and grandfather of two grandsons.
Professor ŽANINA MIRČEVSKA, MA is a dramaturge, dramatist and professor at the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television (AGRFT), at the State University of Ljubljana. At AGRFT, she is the vice-dean for research and artistic activities and leads the Department of dramatic writing. As a professor, she spent a long period of time at various universities abroad, including the American universities in Iowa and Pittsburgh. She is the author of dramatic texts listed in national and international anthologies. Her dramatic texts have been translated into various languages. She has signed the dramaturgy and authorial adaptations of dramatic texts, as well as the dramatization of more than seventy theater plays performed in Slovenia and abroad. She is the winner of the Grum Award (award for the best text in Slovenian language), as well as the award for dramaturgy at the MESS International Theater Festival in Sarajevo.
TATJANA RADIŠIĆ, a costume designer. She graduated from the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts in Belgrade, in the class of professor Milanka Berberović. She started her career in Serbia, and lived and worked in the USA for a while. She designed costumes for more than a hundred theater plays, musicals and operas, as well as for film, television and commercial productions in Serbia and abroad. She collaborated with the following theater companies: Disney world, Spertus Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Project Y and Z (with Elton John and Paul Simon), Steppenwolf Theater, Goodman Theater, Court Theater, Redmoon Theater, Drury Lane Theater, American Theater Company.
She is the winner of numerous awards: Sterija award for costume design in the play Petrijin Venac at the 64th Sterija Theatere Festival, Award for costume design in the play If Sombor were Hollywood at Festival of the Balkan Cultural Space Theater at the Crossroads in Niš 2019, Ardalion Award at the 23 Yugoslav Theater Festival in Užice in 2018 for the play If Sombor were Hollywood, The Annual Award of the Terazije Theater for costumes in the play Phantom of the Opera, Award for visuality in the play Sonnet 66 at the international festival 12th Joakim Interfest, Award for the best costume at the Festival of Professional Theaters of Vojvodina for the plays Caesar and Bridge on the Drina, Award for the best scenography at Joakim Vujić Festival for the play Animal Firm, Award for the best costume in the play Zona of Zamfirs at Comedy Days in Jagodina, Award for the costume in the play Trpele, The Grand Prize of Serbia for applied art and design in 2016, Annual AADAS (ULUPUDS) award for the contribution and development of art in Serbia 2013/2014, Award for costumes in the movie The cannon was hot at the National Film Festival in Sopot – Sofest, as well as three nominations for the prestigious American award Joseph Jefferson for best costume design in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
DUŠAN KOVAČEVIĆ, actor and producer. Born in Podgorica in 1981. He graduated from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Cetinje in 2004 in the class of professor Bora Stjepanović.
He played significant roles in over thirty plays, eleven feature films and several short films, as well as in popular TV series.
He has been engaged in production since 2012. The play Maćado by Goran Ćetković was a great success and was performed more than 100 times; he produced the short form serial which, broadcast on RTME. The first Montenegrin sitcom Deutsch Caffe brought him greater success. He is the co-producer of the second season of the regionally known series Besa, as well as the films A Real Story and Death of the Girl with Matches. He produced and directed several commercials and music videos.
He is the winner of several national and foreign awards: Award for the best male role for the play Plan B at the IFSSM (MFMSM) B&H, Award for acting achievement in the play As far as the Eye Can See at the 41st Festival Fadil Hadžić Days in Zagreb, the Mala Liska award for the role of Smirnov in the play The Bear at the Regional Comedy Festival in Mostar, Award for contribution to the development of independent theater production in Montenegro at the Biennial of Montenegrin Theater in 2012, for the production and role in the play Maćado, Annual Award of the Montenegrin National Theater for acting achievements in the plays Duke Zanović; Debate; Love, Faith, Hope.
He is an actor and artistic director of the City Theater in Podgorica.
VASIL VASILEV is a famous Bulgarian director and former Deputy Minister of Culture of Bulgaria. The manager of the Drama Theater in Loveč for many years and at present appointed as the general manager of the National Theater Ivan Vazov in Sofia.
He directed plays all over Bulgaria: in Sofia, Sliven, Loveč, Vratsa, Silistra.
Following are some of his most significant works: The Man from Podolsk and Seryozha is very stupid by Dmitry Danilov, Smoke from an Unextinguished Cigarette and Characteristics of Russian Love by Aleksander Galin, Agreement 2019 by Mike Bartlett, Boeing Boeing by Mark Camoletti, Slave Island by Pierre de Marivaux, Emigrant Dream by Mate Matišić, The Savior by Kiril Topalov, Looking for a new husband by Miro Gavran, The Tricksters OOD by John Patrick, Between Two Chairs by Ray Cooney, Look Back in Anger by John Osborne, Brussels by Petya Russeva, Archangel Michael by Georgy Markov, Underground Seagulls by Alfonso Viejo.
He directed The Face by Aleksander Galin at the National Theatre in Niš in 2021.
A recipient of prestigious awards for directing: The Bronze Knight at the 13th MTF, The Golden Knight in Moscow, 2015 and at the IX International Festival EUROPEAN THEATER ACTION – NETA in Vratsa, 2019.
THE CRITICS ROUNDTABLE
MODERATORS OF THE CRITICS ROUNDTABLE
Olivera Milošević, journalist and theatrologist, Belgrade
Bojan Munjin, journalist and theater critic, Zagreb
Olivera Milošević, journalist and theatrologist, editorial chief at the Culture and Art Department of the Serbian Radio Television Cultural and Artistic Program. She graduated in journalism from the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade and continued graduate education in the sociology of culture and theater.
She started the career in journalism in 1988 at the Serbian Radio Television Belgrade Program. Theater is a subject she has been following since the launch of her career. Since 2000, she has been the editorial chief of the Belgrade and Morning Programs at the Serbian Radio Television and, since 2001, the editor at the Department of Culture and Art of the Serbian Radio Television. For 15 years, she authored, edited and hosted the Beokult TV show and was the author of theater features in the show.
She is the author, editor and host of the Bitef Chronicles, and numerous shows in the TV Feljton series – where she presents the work of remarkable theater makers.
Since the founding of the show Kulturni dnevnik, she has been one of its authors and editors.
Since 1993, she has been a member of the editorial board of the Ludus theater newspaper published by the Association of Drama Artists of Serbia.
She publishes theater-related authorial texts and interviews in the following newspapers, magazines and weekly editions: Ludus, Scena, Teatron, NIN, Građanski list, Prestup, Evropa, Nedeljnik, TFT.
She is the author of the series Teatrologike, dedicated to distinguished theatre artists in the region, as well as of the series Metamorfoze, presenting outstanding homeland art makers.
She is the author of the monography Nikita Milivojević: Here I Get off and of the editions Teatrologika 1 and 2.
Bojan Munjin (1954, Ljubljana), journalist and theatre critic.
He graduated from the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb.
He wrote theatre columns for the Rijeka Novi list, the Split Feral Tribune, the Zagreb Kazaliste, the Novi Sad Scena the Sarajevo Dani, the Belgrade NIN, Radio Zagreb 3 and the Zagreb Arkzin. Today, he publishes his reviews in the Zagreb Novosti – a weekly newsmagazine for Serbian Community in Croatia, Kulturni dodatak Politike (Cultural News Adendum to Politika) and in Radio Belgrade 2.
He was the moderator of many theatre roundtable discussions, starting from the Small Scene Festival in Rijeka, MESS in Sarajevo, BITEF in Belgrade, the Yugoslav Drama Festival Bez prevoda (Without Translation) in Užice, to Budva Theatre City.
He lives and works in Belgrade and Zagreb.
THE CRITICS – THE CRITICS ROUNDTABLE
Professor Milivoje Mlađenović PhD, Sombor, writer and theatrologist
Dejan Petković, PhD, Niš, theatrologist
Zorana Kralj, Podgorica, theater producer
Nataša Gvozdenović, Novi Sad, journalist and theater critic
Sašo Ognenovski, PhD, Bitola, theater critic
MILIVOJE MLAĐENOVIĆ, theatrologist (Bijeljina 1959)
He graduated and received his doctorate at the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade. He was the manager of the National Theater in Sombor (1989-2000), the Serbian National Theater in Novi Sad (2003-2009), the Manager of the Sterijino pozorje Festival (2009-2012), the art consultant in the National Theater Sterija in Vršac (2013-2015). He is the artistic director of the City Theater Semberija in Bijeljina. Associate professor at the Faculty of Education in Sombor. In addition to professional and scientific works in the fields of literature and theater, he writes and publishes plays, literary criticism, essays. Studies: Theatric Fairy tales of Aleksandar Popović, The Traits of Dama Fairy Tale; In the Castle of Traps – The Drama Potential of Children’s Poetry and Prose, The Intertextual Dreaming knitter: The Constitution of the Theatrical Character of Laza Kostić. Collections of dramatic texts for children: Baš Čelik and Other Fairy Tales Adapted for the Stage, Strange Beasts in Check, etc. He is the selector of Sterijino pozorje Festival and was the selector of numerous significant theater festivals. His comedy Rabelais/Virtue/Sin was performed in the Šabac Theater, in the National Theater of Sombor drama The Pigeon Times (2016), Maestro (2017), Mrazović – Didactic Antidrama (2018), in the City Theater Semberija in Bijeljina (Republic of Srpska) A Comedy with a Developmental Disability, When I Was Swarthy at the Youth Theater in Novi Sad, and about fifteen of his dramatic works for children were performed on stages in Serbia and the region. Awards: Nikola Petrović Peca for outstanding contribution to the development of theater art in Serbia, The City of Sombor October Award (2017) and others.
DEJAN PETKOVIĆ PhD, theatrologist (1972)
He graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Niš. At the home faculty, he published the thesis Comediography of Aleksandar Popović and the French Dramatic Avant-Garde (1998). Awarded by the Teaching and Science Council the most successful graduate student title. Engaged in dramatic and screenwriting work. He is the author of the screenplays for the feature-documentary films Battle at Čegar (2006) and Black Dawn (2007). He is the creator of the dramatic scenario for the state celebration In Memory of the 200th Anniversary of the Battle at Čegar (National Theater in Niš, 2009).
He won the award of the Niš Art Foundation for drama Via Doloris (2007), the award for the best dramatic text at 5th Joakim Fest in the play Chosen and Destroyed (National Theater Niš, 2008), as well as the Radio Belgrade award for the radio drama Miracle in the Bosphorus (2013). Winner of the charter for outstanding contribution to the first Theater Festival of the Balkan Cultural Space, Theater at the Crossroads (2019).
He has been publishing theoretical works on theater, drama, media and pop culture, as well critical texts about current theater productions for almost three decades (Pressing, Gradina, Niški Analyst, Teatron, Scena). He defended his doctoral dissertation Epic Communication Structure in the Plays of Aleksandar Popović at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, Department of Theory of Dramatic Arts, Media and Culture in 2020. Steria Theater Festival published his study Post-Dramatic in the Poetics of Aleksandar Popović in Theatrology publication Syntheses.
ZORANA KRALJ, theater producer
Born in Podgorica in 1981. She graduated in production from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Cetinje. She worked as a journalist in the daily newspaper Pobjeda, as well as a television journalist, editor and presenter. A public relations manager of the Montenegrin National Theater from 2005 till 2016. In 2010. As a PR, she was engaged in various theater festivals and projects (Kotor Art International Festival, NETA Festival, Montenegrin Theater Biennale, Cultural development program in municipalities in the north of Montenegro – Montenegro one cultural address, etc.). General manager of the Montenegrin National Theater from 2016 till 2020. She is the author of the first research on the theater audience in Montenegro – Research of the Dramatic Audience of the Montenegrin National Theater (2013). Published texts in the magazine for culture, art and performing arts Gest. She works at the Montenegrin National Theater as a Manager for program policies and planning.
NATAŠA GVOZDENOVIĆ, a journalist and theater critic
Born in 1978. She writes texts and theater reviews for magazines and internet portals dealing with theatrology and theater critique in the region. A recipient of the Marko Kovačević award at the international theater festival MESS in Sarajevo by the Festival Directorate for a series of reviews published during the festival on the Radio Sarajevo portal. She was the editor-in-chief of the magazine Kultura, within the project Novi Sad – European Culture Capital.
Engaged in Critics Caravan project, initiated by the Association of Theater Critics and Theatrologists of Serbia. Member of AICT (International Association of Theater Critics). Graduated in Serbian and comparative literature. Lives in Novi Sad.
Born in Bitola in 1964, where he completed primary and secondary education. Graduated from the University of St. Cyril and Methodius at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in 1987. Obtained the Master’s degree from the Institute for Sociological and Political-Legal Research, Department for Communication and Media in 2002. Received his doctorate in Public Relations and Media in Macedonia from the Institute for Communications and Media at the Faculty of Law in 2017. During his professional, artistic and scholar life, he also worked at the Faculty of Pedagogy, University of St. Kliment Ohridski in Bitola, as well as a professor at the International Slavic University Gavrilo Romanovič Deržavin. He participated in numerous symposia and conferences in Gothenburg, Oslo, Milan, London, Brussels, Bratislava, Sofia, Skopje, Ohrid, Bitola, Kruševo, etc. Author of more than fifty works in the fields of communication, public relations, pedagogy, literature, cultural studies and theater. Author of poetry collections Avalanche (1995), Fruits of Hell (2014), Desert Flower (2015) The Forest (2018), Changing the Past (2019); drama Fortress and Sorrow (2016), dramas for children Ordinary Fairy Tale (2002) and Magic Compass (2012), novels Grey Square (2019) and Tour (2020). His works are translated into Serbian, English, Arabic and Albanian. He himself translatd works from Serbian, Croatian, Bulgarian and English. A member of the Macedonian Scientific Society, the International Theater Institute and the International Association of Theater Critics. During his professional career, he also wrote scripts and directed for for television. Writes theater, film and literary reviews. The founder and president of the association for the development of art and multiculturalism Perun Artis from Bitola. Editor of the international literary magazine Književni elementi and the electronic literary magazine www.elements.mk.
Lives and works in Bitola.
THE JOURNALIST JURY
Tatjana Njezic, Blic, Belgrade
Sonja Todorovic Segrt, Radio Belgrade 2
Miljana Nikolic, Belami, Nis