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Maribor Theatre Festival — Archive 2010 - 2016

The Borštnik Ring Jury

Aleš Jan

Aleš Jan
Theatre and radio director and a professor at the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television and the Academy of Music. He has been working as a director in Slovenia and abroad since 1965. He has directed more than 600 radio plays of all genres, 60 plays for various audio media, and more than 50 theatre plays and operas. In addition to his work in arts and education, he has lectured at professional gatherings in Slovenia and abroad, published articles in local and foreign professional journals and has been an EBU coordinator for radio plays and a member of international juries and various other bodies. He has received more than 30 awards for directing at various international radio and theatre festivals, among these the PRIX RAI (Italy), PRIX OIRT (Warsaw), the award delivered by the Association of Polish Artists, an award for theatre directing in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Borštnik Diploma,  the IRIB Award (Iran) and the Mediamixx Award (Bulgaria). He has also been awarded the Borštnik Gold Badge. For his radio directing, he received the most prestigious Slovenian awards in the field of culture – the Prešeren Fund Award and the Župančič Award.

Mateja Koležnik

Mateja Koležnik <em>Photo: Peter Uhan</em>

Photo: Peter Uhan

Theatre director. She began her career in the Ljubljana Drama theatre. She later directed for professional theatres in Slovenia and abroad. She has received several awards, among them the Prešeren Fund Award (2001) and the grand prize at the Maribor Theatre Festival for the best performance (2001). Along with the stage designer Jože Logar, she received the award at the Maribor Theatre Festival for stage design (2004), and the award at the SKUP festival in Ptuj (2008). She received two Grand Prix awards at the Zlati levi festival in Umag, in 1999 and 2000, the award for the best directing at the ASSITEJ festival in Čakovec (2005) and the award for the best performance at the 22nd Gavellini večeri (2007).

Tone Partljič

Tone Partljič
Writer and dramaturge. He began his career as a teacher, soon moved to theatre. He worked as a dramaturge for the Drama SNG Maribor theatre, the artistic director for the Ljubljana City Theatre and SNG Drama Ljubljana theatre, but throughout this period his main preoccupation was play writing. He has been recognized as the best Slovenian comedy writer, but he also writes prose and children’s literature. Twenty-two of his works have been staged by various theatres in Slovenia and abroad. Parallel to his work in theatre is his social engagement: during the tumultuous period between 1983 and 1987 he was the Chairman of the Slovene Writers’ Association, which was one of the most exposed forums of civil society at the time. After Slovenia became a sovereign country, he served as an MP for more than ten years. He has been connected to the Maribor Theatre Festival for more than 40 years now, serving in different roles: as a member of the Audience Jury in 1970, as the editor of the program brochure and a member of the organizing committee in 1971,  as a member of various MTF bodies ranging from the executive to the main board, as the vice-chairman of the MTF Council, and as its chairman from 2004 to 2010.  He has received the Prešeren Fund Award, the Grum Award, the Sterija Award, as well as the Glajzer and Ježek awards for his life work.

Alja Predan

Alja Predan <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Dramaturge, translator, editor and theatre researcher. In the past she was the artistic director of PDG Theatre in Nova Gorica, a dramaturge for the Ljubljana City Theatre, and the director of the theatre and dance program for the Cankarjev dom. She became the artistic director of the Maribor Theatre Festival in 2009. Working as an editor for the Library of the Ljubljana City Theatre, she oversaw the publishing of thirty fundamental works on the theory and history of drama and theatre. She has translated more than 50 plays by modern British, American and Polish playwrights as well as Marvin Carlson’s Theories of the Theatre. Since 1984, she has been a contributor to the Austrian-German publication, Gregor/Dietrich Der Schauspielführer. Between 2002 and 2005 she was the chairperson and a member of the Grum Award jury and in 2008 and 2009 the program director for the Week of the Slovene Drama. In 2008 she was the curator of the Slovenian focus at the 7th Contemporary Drama Festival in Budapest. In 2011, she received the lifetime achievement award from the Slovenian Association of Dramatic Artists.

Milena Zupančič

Milena Zupančič

Theatre and film actress. Her two roles in the films directed by Matjaž Klopčič are indelibly impressed in the memory of Slovenes:  one was that of Presečnikova Meta in Cvetje v jesni (Flowers in the Autumn), and the other was that of Žašlerca in Vdovstvo Karoline Žašler (The Widowhood of Karolina Žašler). During almost forty years of her theatre, film and television career, she played many roles and received the most prestigious theatre and film awards. Among these are the Borštnik Ring (1999) and three Borštnik Awards for the best actor: in 1992 for the roles of Ase, A Green-Clad Woman, Anitra, A Strange Passenger and A Button Moulder in Peer Gynt , produced by SNG Drama Ljubljana; in 1989 for the role of Lidija in the performance Zid, jezero (The Wall, The Lake) by SNG Drama Ljubljana, and in 1970 for the role of Caetana in the performance Osvajalec (The Conqueror) by Mladinsko Theatre. In 1993 she received the Prešeren Award for her enduring contribution to the development of Slovenian culture.

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