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Interview: playwright Jeton Neziraj of Kosovo

WLPG:  Was there something in particular that motivated you to start writing for young audiences?
Jeton: My first meeting with the dramaturgy for children took place in 2002. I was invited to participate in a Drama Workshop for children, which was organized by a small theatre in Skopje (Macedonia). The workshop was led by Swedish dramaturge Marie P. Hedenius. I believe that the experience I drew from this workshop and the knowledge that I acquired regarding dramaturgy and theatre for children in Sweden was the main motivation that pushed me to begin to write children’s plays. At that workshop, I wrote my first children’s play “Sytë e shkruar” (Speckled Blue Eyes) which came to be successful. From that time, I continuously went on writing plays for children. So far, I have written four children’s plays and all of them have been staged and have started to be translated into other languages. And, I should also add that I come from a tradition of dramaturgy for children that is still in its beginning stages.

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'Identity and Influences: International Perspectives' (from Australia, Croatia, Germany, Kosova, Mexico)

Theatre artists bring their own life experiences, their own personal and cultural histories, to the stage. Whether subconsciously or outright, in the forefront or in between the lines, the identities and influences of theatre practitioners are exhibited through their works. Interested in the nature of these identities and influences, TYA Today spoke with five international TYA practitioners who candidly reflected on how their cultural identities influence and affect their work. This conversation includes Mexican playwright Amaranta Leyva, Croatian playwright/director Lana Šarić, German playwright Lutz Hübner, Australian artistic director of Circa Yaron Lifschitz, and Kosovar playwright/director Jeton Neziraj.

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