Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 20:00 EET (GMT +02:00)

North Macedonia

Director: Tea Begovska / North Macedonia

Actor: Alina Mangra

Episode: Day 9. Story 10

about the Director

Tea Begovska

Tea Begovska (30) graduated theater directing from the International University Europa PRIMA in Skopje, in the class of the Professor Dejan Projkovski, where she also completed specialization work about methods of acting. After graduating with the play The Maids by Jean Genet, Begovska started working intensively in alternative spaces, creating performances: Three Sisters, Silence, Control, Let’s have sex, Coffee without cigarettes, See, feel, listen, Actor Human, International project Revolution Live and many other alternative performances. She see’s her passion in alternative theater.

Her mission is to make open-minded theater that is very interactive with the audience. Her works have been performed in several cities, theater and art festivals in Macedonia: Macedonian Theatre Festival “Vojdan Chernodrinski”, The international festival of chamber theatre “Risto Shishkov”, MOT theatre festival, IMPACT – International Performing Arts Festival, BOS Festival, Akto Festival for Contemporary Arts, Faces without masks etc.

Other projects: Class Enemy, Tiramisu, Dr. Freud’s Patient, Marriage is Marriage and others.

Tea Begovska received many awards: NETA award at the “Risto Shishkov” festival for engaged theatrical approach for the performance Control (performance in bus); NETA award at the “Risto Shiskov” festival for exploring the secrets of acting for Actor Human and The Award for best alternative play in Postojna, Slovenia for Actor Human.

The play Actor Human where she appears also as an actress, after the guest appearance at the Prishtina International Festival, became part of their monthly repertoire.

Begovska also works as a mentor for theater and film acting in private schools and workshops. She has realized a TV show in which she leaded discussions with artists. So far she realized shows with more than 100 guests from different art profiles. She works in Drama Theater Skopje.

about the actor

Alina Mangra

Alina Mangra graduated from the Arts Department, University of Craiova in 2003 and, a decade later, she obtained her Ph.D. in Theatre from the National University of Theatre and Film U.N.A.T.C Bucharest for her thesis On the Limit  Situation in Contemporary Actor’s Performance.

From 2003 to 2013, she worked at the ”Anton Pann” Theatre in Râmnicu Vâlcea and then, until 2017, Alina combined her artistic activity at the „Anton Pann” Theatre and the „Marin Sorescu” National Theatre in Craiova with different international projects, working as a guest teacher in France, a participant within conferences and workshops in Europe, and a trainer within the AUF Festival (L’Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie).

As a member of the  Craiova National Theatre’s artistic team since 2017, Alina Mangra has been shortly included in the cast of the current season’s productions, thus securing her position on the posters of many performances in the theatre’s current repertory.

The actress Alina Mangra’s talent, perseverance and vivacity have created the premises of her collaboration with both Romanian and international reputed directors as well as with young emerging directors.

In the current season, Alina Mangra can be seen in the performances of  Gaițele – directed by Alexandru Boureanu, In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play – directed by Dragoș Alexandru Mușoiu, Monstrul nisipurilor – directed by Irina Crăiță-Mândră,  Bătrânul și eutanasierul – directed by Vlad Drăgulescu,  Ajax. An Essay on Dementia – directed by Mihai Mănuțiu, Ciuf și Ciuf în spațiu – directed by Vlad Drăgulescu,  Operațiunea Marte – directed by Dragoș Alexandru Mușoiu,  Vești bune. Final – directed by Alexandru Dabija,  Talk Radio – directed by Bobi Pricop,  Where Is My Soul? – directed by Norbert Boda.

Alina Mangra states about herself: I have been practising this job for as  long as I can remember. This is what I wanted to be, this is what I am, and I do not know whether I will ever want to do something else. I have worked for important roles but I am interested in jewels, i.e. key roles in a performance, not necessarily main roles. My favourite directors are Alexandru Dabija and Cristi Juncu. The motto that guides me in my job is: To be on stage is a privilege, and we should treat this matter accordingly.  

North Macedonia artists talk

Tome Stankovski
Actor and teacher
Prof Phd Iskra Shukarova
Choreographer - Performer - Educator
Blagica Sekuloska