Bernhard Herbordt and Melanie Mohren are graduates of the Institute of Applied Theatre Studies in Giessen. Since 2000 they created joint performances, installations, radio plays, (Music-) Theatre works and staged exhibitions; since 2010 first Episodes of their long term project „Alles was ich habe“ (All that I have) are shown in Berlin, Stuttgart, Novi Sad and Bangalore. From 2008-2010 Herbordt/Mohren were scholars of the Academy Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart. Since 2011 Herbordt/Mohren are members of Junge Akademie of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and the German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina. http://www.vimeo.com/herbordtmohren
Biljana Srbljanović, born 1970 in Stockholm, Sweden, obtained her dramaturgy degree at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. She is one of the most successful authors in ex-Yugoslavia. She is the winner of awards including the “Josip Kulundžić”, “Slobodan Selenić”, “Sterija’s Award”, and “Ernst Toller” as one of the most acclaimed young dramatists in Serbia. Her blog is hosted on http://www.b92.net. She was assistant professor of dramaturgy at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. Her plays have been staged in about 50 countries. On December 1, 1999, she became the first foreign writer to receive the Ernst Toller prize.
Boris Bakal is a theatre/film director and actor, intermedia artist, curator, writer and macrobiotic cook. Throughout his versatile career, he has authored projects, performances, lectures, installations and multimedia creations which have been presented atmany festivals, exhibitions and manifestations in many countries throughout the world. His work is marked by a pronounced exploration of the site-specific, time-bound and interactive elements of the arts. He is co-founder of several artistic platforms and associations, including Flying University, Orchestra Stolpnik, Zagreb Cultural Capital 3000 and Theatre of Obvious Phenomena. Together with Katarina Pejovic, he is co-founder and co-author of the projects of Bacači Sjenki/Shadow Casters, an artistic platform that has won numerous awards and prizes for their work since its start in 2001.
Christian Banzhaf went to acting school at Max-Reinhardt-Seminar Vienna, where he was awarded the Kainz Medal for Best Young Actor. Besides that he fulfilled his master’s degree in German literature and philosophy at the University of Vienna and Humboldt University of Berlin. He has performed at the Schauspielhaus Vienna, Theater der Jugend, Volkstheater Vienna, Landestheater Salzburg, Theater Konstanz, Theater Augsburg, Theaterhaus Jena, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Salzburg Festival and Deutsches Theater Berlin. He was taught at Max-Reinhardt-Seminar Vienna and Humboldt University of Berlin and is a member of LUNATIKS PRODUKTION and the Shakespeare Company Berlin.
Christine Rollar works as an actress, performer and producer in the Baden-Baden Theater, Schauspiel Frankfurt, Stadttheater Bern, Theaterhaus Gessnerallee, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Stadttheater Hildesheim, Hebbel am Ufer, Theater an der Parkaue, in the Sophiensaelen Berlin and in Maxim-Gorki-Theater Berlin. She works closely with the directors including Peter Stein, Barbara Weber, Tellervo Kalleinen, Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, Tom Kühnel and Robert Schuster, Amelie Niermeyer, Katja Fillmann and Lavinia Frey. She studied acting at the University of Arts in Berlin. She is a member of the WiR AG And winner of the Max-Reinhard Award 1998 for the best ensemble performance.
Filip Vujošević was born in Belgrade in 1977 and graduated with a degree in dramaturgy at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, University of Arts Belgrade. He has produced theatre plays: ‘’Fakebook’’ (Bitef Theatre, 2011), ’’Ronald, Please Understand Me ’’ (National Theatre Belgrade, 2009), ’’Hamlet Hamlet Eurotrash’’ (Terazije Theatre Belgrade, 2008) ‘’Halflajf’’ (Atelje 212 Belgrade, 2005, and Blue Elephant Theatre London, 2005), ‘’Fake Porno’’ (Bitef Theatre, 2005), ”Day D’’ (Belgrade Drama Theatre, 2002). Awards won by Vujošević include: Best Contemporary Comedy Contest at the Jagodina festival ’’Days of Comedy’’ (2002), Special Sterija award for ’’Halflajf’’ (2006), and first prize at the ’’Sterijino pozorje“ contest for the best contemporary play (2008). Currently he works for the independent foundation Heartefact Fund in Belgrade as Cultural Program Coordinator.
George Bartenieff, Co-founder/Executive Director of Theater Three Collaborative, is an actor, teacher, director and producer of new American plays by emerging artists for the past 35 years. He co-founded Theater for the New City in 1971 as a venue for new plays, and was executive director at TNC for 25 years, producing 900 emerging artists and theatre groups. At TNC he produced the N.Y. premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Buried Child” by Sam Shepard, and also initiated and produced the first two years of the Annual Village Halloween Parade.. A graduate of RADA and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London,he now teaches and directs at the H.B. Studio and has toured with Bread & Puppet Theater in productions of “Woyzeck,” “Othello, and “Diagonal Man.” His other acting credits include Broadway productions of “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Misalliance,” “The Whole World Over,” “Monsteraat,” “Box Mao Box,” “Cop Out,” “Room Service,” “Unlikely Heroes” “Moon Besieged”.
Goran Injac– PhD Cultural Studies, University of Opole/ Theatre Institute, Warsaw, Poland. Main interests: theatre and performance studies, relation between contemporary art and politics, critical discourse analysis. Author of “After the Politics, an Anthology of Contemporary Serbian Plays”, different articles, researches and critics published in Polish, Serbian and international journals. As an independent curator he cooperates with several international festivals. At the moment he is curating the East European Performing Arts Platform, a project associated with cultural programme of Polish presidency of European Union.
Jens Dietrich , born in Hessen (D), studied Applied Theatre Studies in Gießen with Heiner Goebbels. During his studies, he assisted on Richard Foreman’s Ontological Theater in New York, at the City Theater Cologne and Theater Freiburg. Since 2004 he works as a freelance dramaturge in Hamburg, Berlin, Vienna, Cologne, Bolzano and Salzburg. He was 2006 artistic director of the exhibition 2 in the Theater Discounter Berlinan and since 2008 he is in the management team of the International Institute of Political Murder – IIPM. In collaboration with Milo Rau, he realized the reenactment “The last days of Ceausescu.” in Bucharest, Berlin and Switzerland. Dietrich is currently preparing the African-European IIPM Project „Hate Radio“, the reenactment of an afternoon transmission of the radio station RTLM, which in 1994 practically coordinated the genocide in Rwanda.
Jeton Neziraj (1977) is a playwright from Kosovo, currently employed as the Artistic Director at the National Theatre of Kosovo. He has written over 15 plays which have been staged and performed in Kosovo and abroad, as well as being translated and published in different languages. As a playwright he has worked together with well-known European theatre companies, including Nomad Theatre from the UK (“War in a Time of Love”), Markus Zohner Theatre Company (“The Last Supper”) and others. His play “Liza is sleeping” won the first prize in a national competition for Albanian plays. He has written over 10 film scripts as well as many articles and critiques on theatre, published in local and international theatre magazines and journals. His short stories have been published in local magazines in Kosovo and Albania. Neziraj is the founder of Qendra Multimedia, which focuses on contemporary theatre and dramaturgy.
Jörg Karrenbauer studied theatre science and comparative literature in Berlin. He worked as assistant director at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg when he first met Rimini Protokoll. Together with Stefan Kaegi they continued developing Kaegi´s idea of “Cargo Sofia”, a site-specific performance that places the audience in the back of a truck. For two years he toured through more than 30 cities in Europe and the Middle East together with two Bulgarian truck drivers. In 2009 he brought the truck to Japan to develop the first version of „Cargo Asia“ for the Tokyo Festival. Last year he directed „Cargo Kuala Lumpur – Singapore“ at the Singapore Arts Festival and „Cargo Shangqui – Shanghai“ as part of the cultural program of the German Pavilion at the Expo 2010 in Shanghai. At the moment he is preparing the presentation of „Ciudades Paralelas“, a festival in Warsaw, where several artists will focus on hidden urban phenomena.
Karen Malpede, Co-founder of Theater Three Collaborative, is the author of 16 plays produced in the United States, Europe and Australia, as well as short fiction, essays and articles on theatre and human rights. She has previously directed her own scripts: “I Will Bear Witness”, “The Beekeeper’s Daughter”, “Better People”, “Sappho & Aphrodite”. Her early plays are collected in “A Monster Has Stolen the Sun and Other Plays”. The plays “A Lament for Three Women,” “Us” and “Better People” have been anthologized. She is a McKnight National Playwrights Fellowship winner, a NYFA & Vogelstein playwriting grant recipient, and an active member of PEN, the Author’s Guild and the League of Professional Theater Women. She holds a certificate from the International Institute for Trauma Studies and an MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. She has taught writing and dramatic literature at Smith, NYU and CUNY Graduate Department Continuing Education Program.
Lucia Zimmerman has been working as a cultural manager for the Robert Bosch Foundation at Qendra Multimedia, Kosovo since 2009, organizing cultural projects in the fields of theatre, literature and film. Lucia studied Slavic Studies and Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Basel and at the Humboldt University in Berlin, and she wrote her master’s thesis in the field of concept and performance art. Before accepting the current assignment in Prishtina, Lucia worked with the Institute of Slavic Studies at the Humboldt University Berlin, co-developing and editing novinki (www.novinki.de) – an internet platform focusing on literature, theatre and art from Eastern, Central and South Eastern Europe. Lucia has participated in many different art and theatre projects, such as “Terra Polska” in Berlin and an international theatre festival in Moscow.
Maya Schöffel, born in 1976, studied theatre science and modern German literature at Humboldt University in Berlin and wrote her master’s thesis in the field of contemporary drama. She began her career in 2001 as an assistant at the festival BONNER BIENNALE and left in 2002 to work as a dramaturg at Deutsches Theater in Göttingen. While there, she worked together with Kranz/Nordalm, Robert Lehniger, Tilman Gersch and Mark Zurmühle, among others. In 2006 she was invited to the international forum at the Berliner Theatertreffen. From 2007 to 2010 she worked as Organizational Director for the international theatre festival NEW PLAYS FROM EUROPE at Staatstheater Wiesbaden. After working one season as a dramaturg at Staatstheater Wiesbaden she now is artistic director of the next edition of NEW PLAYS FROM EUROPE.
Pablo Ariel, Director of The Galilee Multicultural Theatre. An actor and a well-known director and puppeteer. Pablo was born in Argentina and moved to Israel in 1972. He has performed his one-man show all over the world and has also written and directed dozen of shows for children and for adults. Pablo also served as the artistic director of Street and Fringe Theatre for the Israel Festival, the Ako Festival and the Haifa Children’s Theatre Festival. Since 1991, Pablo Ariel has worked with different Symphony Orchestras, in Israel and abroad as a stage director, actor and scriptwriter of Concerts for Children. These concerts combine orchestras with stage performance, and were broadcasted by the Israeli Television.
Sanja Mitrović (1978) is a theatre director, performer and writer, born in ex-Yugoslavia, based in Amsterdam. She is a founder and artistic director of Stand Up Tall Productions (2009). In 2010 Mitrović was awarded by Theatre Instituut Nederland with the prestigious Dutch BNG Nieuwe Theatermakers Prijs for the best young director for her production “Will You Ever Be Happy Again?”. As theatre-maker and performer, Mitrović has most recently collaborated for the VSCD Mime award-winning solo “1: Songs” (2009). In 2010 she wrote and directed “A Short History of Crying”, an international co-production presented at the theatre festivals in United States and Europe. In collaboration with the Belgian architect Laurent Liefooghe she developed and directed “Daydream House”, a performative installation which premiered at the Festival a/d Werf in Utrecht in May 2011. Since 2007 Mitrović works as an advisor and mentor for students of the Department of Mime (Theaterschool, AHK, Amsterdam) where she teaches the subject of Actual Theatre as a guest lecturer. http://www.sanjamitrovic.blogspot.com
Selma Spahić was born in 1986. She graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo with the play “Spring Awakening” by Frank Wedekind. She has directed plays in several cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Her most recent play, produced by Heartefact Fund and BITEF Theater in Belgrade is “Hyperthymesia”, based on the biographies of eight actors from Sarajevo, Belgrade and Prishtina. “Spring Awakening” won her the Special Mention Jury Award on the International Theater Festival MESS for courageous research in theatre, and along with “The Lonesome West” won the “Brave New World” award of magazine BH Dani for emerging artists. “Victory” won the award for best directing on the XXVI Theater Meetings in Brcko, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and “The Lonesome West” and “How I Learned to Drive” were given “Kljuc Tmace” awards for the best plays in year 2009 and 2010 in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Seth Baumrin (PhD, M. Phil, MFA, BA), the Chairman of John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s Department of Communication and Theatre Arts is a director, theatre historian, and author. His publications include “Ketmanship in Opole: Jerzy Grotowski and the Price of Free Expression” as well as “Les Kurbas Theatre, Lviv, 2008”, “Anarcho-Radical Roots – Opole to Oslo to Holstebro 1959-69” and “Eugenio Barba’s Early Experimental Theatre as Intervention”. Baumrin is now at work on “The Assassination of Les Kurbas: State Sanctioned Murder of a Generation of Twentieth Century Ukrainian Theatre Artists”. Baumrin serves as the literary director for A Laboratory for Actor Training, e.t.c. in Brooklyn. He produces events for the Art of Justice Series at John Jay College, most recently hosting SKRIP Orkestra from Glej Theatre, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Baumrin has also directed over sixty theatre and opera productions.
Simona Semenić is a Slovenian playwright and dramaturg. She completed her dramaturgy studies at the Academy for Theatre, Radio, Film and Television (AGRFT) in Ljubljana. In 2001, Simona wrote the script for and co-directed a performance titled “A fistful of empty hands” with Rok Vevar. In 2003, Simona and Rok co-wrote and co-directed “Solo no peek”, which premiered at Glej Theatre. She worked as a production dramaturg on Sarah Kane’s “Cleansed” (2003) and subsequently worked with Ivan Talijancic on a new project “…she said” (2005). The production was presented at several different festivals. In 2005, Simona finished the play “More”. In 2008 Simona wrote a play “5boys.si”, which was translated into several languages and presented in staged readings in Wien, New York, Budapest and Belgrade. For her playwriting Simona received a national playwriting award – the Grum Award in 2009 for “5boys.si” and in 2010 for “24hrs”. Simona is currently an artistic director of the artistic group “preglej” at KD Integrali.
Shkëlzen Maliqi was born in 1947, philosopher, political analyst, art critic, translator, publisher and journalist. Director of Center for Humanistic Studies “Gani Bobi” Prishtina (Kosova). Editor in chief of several periodicals (1986-1988: Fjala, Magazine for art, culture and social issues 1989-1992: Thema, Journal of Association of Philosophers and Sociologists of Kosova 1995-2011: MM – mixed magazine philosophy, literature, art, politics etc. (24 issues); 2001-2002: Arta – monthly supplement for visual arts in weekly Java.
Books: Esteticke ideje u doba borbe oko ikona, in Serbian, Belgrade, 1980; Nyja e Kosovës (The Kosova Knot, in Albanian, Ljubljana, 1990; Prishtina 2010) Albanski Gandhism (Albanian Gandhism, in Slovenian, Klagenfurt, 1993; Shqiptarët dhe Evropa (Albanians and Europe, in Albanian, Peja, 1994; Kosova: Separate Worlds, in English, Prishtina/Peja, 1998; third edition 2001; Estetika e arealit bizantin (Aesthetics of Byzantine Areal, in Albanian), Prishtina, 1999; Kossovo: Alle radice della conflitto, In Italian, Lecce, 1999; Civil society in Kosova (editor), KCSF, Prishtina 2001. Dodona theatre monograph (co-editor with Jeton Neziraj), Prishtina, 2002.
Stef De Paepe is a director of theatre, animation movies, and audio plays, as well as an author, scenarist, actor and teacher at the Erasmus Institute Brussel, RITS. He obtained a degree in Roman languages and in cultural studies/theatre sciences. Afterwards he passed the entrance exam at the Conservatory/Acting School in Antwerp. As director in residence of the orchestra Prima la Musica he built a history of musical theatre performances for the youth around composers such as Bach, Vivaldi, Bartok, Beethoven and Shostakovich. He also staged a play ‘l’homme armé’ using a selection of war photographs, one actor and a 50-member choir that sang polyphonic music. Between 2007 and 2010 he was artistic director at the audio production house Geluidshuis of the so-called ‘audio movies’. He was nominated in 2009 on the short list for Best Audio Play of the Low Countries. He is president of the management board of two theatre companies: De Roovers and Droomdestad vzw.
Stefan Çapaliku was born in Shkoder (AL) in 1965. He studied Albanian language and literature at the University of Tirana, complemented by further studies in Italy, Czech Republic and England. Since 1993 he has been head of the literature department at Shkoder University. From 1998 to 2005 he was responsible for the entire field of books in the Ministry of Culture and professor of Aesthetics and Theory of Drama at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tirana. In 1993 Stefan Çapaliku’s first book of poetry was published. Since 1995 Çapaliku has written seventeen plays, which were published in two volumes and in some foreign magazines. His plays have been staged at several international theatre festivals and won national and international prizes.
Zana Hoxha-Krasniqi is the founder and executive director of Artpolis, a Kosovo-based NGO that promotes culture, arts and multiethnic co-existence through social dialogue and use of theatre as a tool for promoting diversity. Zana Hoxha Krasniqi has directed several theatre performances that were presented in the biggest theatres in Kosovo and has collaborated closely with various theatres from the Balkans such as the Albanian National Theatre of Tirana. As an artist, she has promoted social issues that focus on raising awareness of gender-based violence, human rights and youth activism. Zana Hoxha Krasniqi has promoted theatre-based training through YPEER Kosova and has also founded the “Youth Festival for Theatre for Social Changes” held in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.