‘Uncle Maroje’: A Play by Marin Drzic
Naum Panovski, Director
Naum Panovski is internationally recognized as a writer and director, professor of theater theory and aesthetics, and a critic and scholar. He is associate chair and director of the master’s program in directing at Catholic University’s Department of Drama.
For the past 25 years he has worked professionally in theater, film and television in his native country, Macedonia; the countries of the former Yugoslavia (Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia and Serbia]; and in the United States. He began his career as a writer in the early 1960s. In 1969, he enrolled as a theater/film student at the University of Arts’ Academy for Theater, Film, Radio and Television in Belgrade — a professional school based primarily on Stanislavski's ideas of theater. Panovski’s work, both in school and as an independent artist, brought him in close contact with all the leading theater figures of the former Yugoslavian theater. He worked both as an associate dramaturg and director for the Yugoslav Dramatic Theatre in Belgrade for more than four years. Upon his graduation in 1973, he had numerous offers to work as a dramaturg or director at professional theatres in the former Yugoslavia and to expand his experience working in multicultural environments.
His theater experience includes dramaturgical or directing work on more than 40 professional productions and work as a dramaturg, artistic adviser or producer in many theaters throughout the former Yugoslavia. During his extensive career as a dramaturg or director he has worked with leading playwrights and actors in his homeland and the United States.
As a recognized theoretician of theater and drama, Panovski has written extensively for different professional publications; participated on panels and symposia; and served on boards and in other artistic leadership positions. As a professor, he has taught, both on a practical and theoretical level, various aspects of theater, drama and the performing arts at Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia; the University of Texas at Dallas; Christopher Newport University in Virginia; Smith College in Massachusetts; the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and other theater institutions.
Panovski, who in 1975 spent a year studying directing at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts on a Fulbright Scholarship, holds a doctoral degree in the aesthetics of theater from the University of Texas at Dallas. He earned a master’s degree in dramaturgy and a bachelor’s degree in directing, both from the University of Belgrade.
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