about the Director
Jovana Krstić, 29, is a Serbian director and actress. Studying dramatic and audiovisual arts, she has a Master’s Degree in Acting and a Bachelor’s Degree in Directing, for both theatre and radio. In 2020, she graduated theatre directing, at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Belgrade, class of professor Egon Savin and, in 2017, she finished her masters studies in acting, class of professor Jovica Pavić, at the Faculty of Arts, in Pristina-Zvecan.
In Serbia, she staged the following performances: Forces in air by Nebojša Romčević, Theatre of Kruševac, The Pelican by August Strindberg, at the Cultural institute Vuk Karadžić, Belgrade, the epic poem Kosovo Maiden, in Dorcol National Theater, Belgrade, What a wonderful world, within the international festival Mikser House- Dorćol Platz, Belgrade. She collaborated, as author and co-author, in the stage performing of the musical Lady Macbeth’s madness, working with students from other art universities in Belgrade, FDU-FMU-FPU, for the FESTUM festival, where she played the role of Lady Macbeth.
As an actress, she collaborated with several theatres in Serbia: Theatre of Kruševac, Vuk Karadzic Cultural Institute and Dorcol National Theater Belgrade. While in acting school, she performed in students projects staged at Atelje 212, Belgrade Drama Theater, Vuk Karadzic Cultural Institute. Her graduation exam, Play Strindberg by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, was invited to many festivals in Serbia and the Balkans. For her role of Alisa she won an acting award. She appeared in student movies and TV series in Serbia.
Awards: Wreath of Rhetoric Sirmium lux verbi Sremska Mitrovica, Prize granted by the Faculty of Arts for the best student in the Drama department, Award for best actress awarded by the Kestenburg Festival, for the role of Alisa in Play Strindberg.
She lives in Belgrade, and works for the Faculty of Arts, in Pristina Zvečan, as associate teacher.
about the actor
Gabriela Baciu is one of the most known, beloved and appreciated actresses at the “Marin Sorescu” National Theater of Craiova.
She is a graduate of the Institute of Theater and Film “I.L. Caragiale” in Bucharest, and she was a student of professor Sanda Manu, class of 1989. She made her debut in professional theater while still being a student, and she has been an actress at the “Marin Sorescu” National Theater of Craiova since 1989.
In 1989 she also made her film debut in Dan Pița’s film, The Last Ball in November, where she played the role of Aglae Argintar. Her performance was greatly appreciated by film critics and she received the Debut Award at the National Film Festival in Costineşti.
She played many memorable roles at the “Marin Sorescu” National Theater of Craiova, such as Beatrice Rasponi in “The Servant of Two Masters” by Carlo Goldoni, directed by Vlad Mugur, Lady Ponza in “Right you are! (If you think so)” by Luigi Pirandello, directed by Vlad Mugur, Madame Lyubov Andreievna Ranevskaya in “The Cherry Orchard” by Anton P. Chekhov, directed by Alexa Visarion, but she also interpreted roles at Silviu Purcărete’s shows: “King Ubu and Scenes from Macbeth”, after A. Jarry and W. Shakespeare, “Phaedra” after Euripides and Seneca, “Oresteia” after Aeschylus.
Under the guidance of László Bocsárdi, she interpreted the role of Caesonia in “Caligula” by Albert Camus, Gizi in “The Toth Family” by István Örkény, and Mrs Sotenville in “George Dandin or The Thwarted Husband” by Molière.
She was part of the cast of several shows, such as “Hamlet” by W. Shakespeare, directed by Tompa Gábor, “Timon of Athenes” by W. Shakespeare, directed by Mihai Măniuţiu (a show that received awards at the Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival), “Ajax. An Essay on Madness” after Sofocles, directed by Mihai Măniuțiu etc.
Under the guidance of Mihai Măniuțiu, she also played at the Bulandra Theater in Bucharest, in the “Zoon Erotikon” show, an adaptation by Mihai Măniuțiu of D. H. Lawrence’s stories.
Throughout her career, Gabriela Baciu took part in dozens of international theater festivals with the National Theater of Craiova group, from the Edinburgh International Festival, to the World Festival of National Theaters in Seoul, the Euro-scene Leipzig Festival, the European Theater Convention in Nice, the Theater without Borders international festival (MEJNIFEST), the Gorizia film festival in Italy, the Lisbon International Film Festival (in the year Lisbon was designated the European Capital of Culture), the Theater der Welt Festival, the München film festival etc.
Gabriela Baciu believes that “acting is a collective profession that is seen as individualistic”. “To me, what really matters in life is purpose, and for that you need a method. And the method (which comes from the word methodos in Ancient Greek) means to go on the path along with it”.