Yun Cheol photo: Courtesy of NTCK
― YUN-CHEOL KIM, the president of the jury, Artistic Director of the National Theatre Company of Korea since 2014. Under his leadership the company has created an ensemble of twenty actors and produced twenty or so new productions each year, and enjoyed soaring audience attendance and critical raves. He served as President of the International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC ) from 2008 till 2014. During his presidency he launched IATC’s web journal Critical Stages in 2009, for which he still participates as an editorial board member. He retired from School of Drama, Korean National University of the Arts, in 2015, and now is its honorary professor. He received the Cultural Order from the Korean government in 2008. Two-time winner of the “Critic of the Year Award,” he has published ten books, two of which are anthologies of theatre reviews.
Aleksandra Jovićević photo: Patrice Pavis
― ALEKSANDRA JOVIĆEVIĆ is a full time professor at the Department of History of Arts and Performance (Dipartimento di storia dell’arte e spettacolo) at La Sapienza University in Rome, Italy, Coordinator of Doctoral Studies at the same department, and a visiting professor at the School of Drama, University of Arts in Belgrade. She gained her BA at the Department of Dramaturgy at the same university, and her MA and PhD at the Department of Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University in New York. She worked as a professor at the School of Drama, University of Arts in Belgrade, between 1993 and 2008, and was a Fulbright scholar at the Yale University, USA, in 2006/07. Aleksandra Jovićević is the founder and a member of the Forum of Writers (Forum pisaca), an independent association of Serbian Writers. She has translated, edited and published a number of scholarly works and books nationally and internationally, and took part in editing different journals. For her promotion of the cultural collaboration with Italy, she has gained a medal from the President of the Italian Republic, Ordine della stella della solidarietà italiana, with the title Commendatore in 2005.
Femi Osofisan photo: National Secretariat IATCNigeria
― FEMI OSOFISAN has had a distinguished career in the academia for about four decades. He is Emeritus Professor of Theatre Arts, University of Ibadan, and Distinguished professor, Kwara State University, Malete, Ilorin, Nigeria. He is a theatre director, playwright, essayist, actor, critic, poet, novelist, editor and newspaper columnist. Osofisan has written and produced more than seventy plays, five volumes of poetry, four novels and several collections of essays. His plays are among the most produced in Nigeria. He has been honoured with Officier de l’Ordre Nationale de Merite, Rep. de France (1999); Nigerian National Order of Merit in the Humanities [NNOM] (2004); Fonlon-Nichols Prize for Literature and the Struggle for Human Rights (2006), and Fellow, Nigerian Academy of Letters [FNAL] (2006). Osofisan’s plays have been performed in many countries, where he has also held teaching or research fellowships, including Japan, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Lesotho, China, USA, Canada, UK, France, and South Africa.
Aleksandar Denić photo: Thomas Aurin
― ALEKSANDAR DENIĆ, set designer, has authored a large number of theatre and film sets and exhibitions in the country and abroad. He has won prestigious domestic and international tributes and awards. Theater Heute, a professional theatre journal, in its annual poll in 2014, involving 44 theatre critics from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, proclaimed Aleksandar Denić the set designer of the year in Germany. He won this prestigious title for the sets he did for Reise ans Ende der Nacht, directed by Frank Castorf at Munich’s Residenztheater. That same year, the annual poll of Deutsche Buhne magazine for the season of 2013/14 awarded him for his outstanding conribution to the advancement of set design. This award as well as The Faust, the German national prize, were conferred on him for the sets of Wagner’s opera tetralogy The Ring of the Nibelung directed by Frank Castorf and produced by the Opera Festival in Bayreuth. Opernwelt magazine proclaimed him the best set designer in the 2013/14 season. In 2015, for the second time, Aleksandar Denić was pronounced the set designer of the year in Germany for the sets of Baal directed by Frank Castorf at Munich’s Residenztheater.
Thomas Irmer photo: Stella Irmer
― THOMAS IRMER was born in Potsdam in 1962 and lives in Berlin. Graduated in English and German literature at Leipzig University, PhD with a dissertation on postmodern American literature in 1994. Has taught drama and theatre studies at universities in Leipzig, Buffalo, Berlin, New York and Osnabrück. From 1998 to 2003 editor-in-chief of the monthly journal Theater der Zeit, and from 2003 to 2006 dramaturge of the international theatre festival spielzeiteuropa at Berliner Festspiele (working for Robert Lepage, John Jesurun, Peter Brook, and Frank Castorf). He is a member of ITI Germany, co-director of Internationale Heiner Müller Gesellschaft and has worked in various juries, e.g. Berlin Theatertreffen Stückemarkt 2005; International Theatre Festival KONTAKT Torun, Poland, 2007, 2008 and 2016; POSZT festival, Pecs, Hungary, 2010; Borstnikovo festival, Maribor, Slovenia, 2010-13; Kinderstücke Mülheimer Theatertage, since 2010; and for the radio drama award Hörspielpreis der Kriegsblinden, since 2003.