Jaunimo teatras, Vilnius/Lithuania

Founded in 1965, the Jaunimo teatras (Youth Theatre) is a repertory theatre that became legendary thanks to  the early productions of Eimuntas Nekrošius. Nekrošius began his artistic career in the Jaunimo teatras under the leadership of the director Dalia Tamulevičiūtė, his teacher and a prominent personality in the Lithuanian theater scene. Performances directed by Nekrošius in the mid-eighties and nineties toured festivals and theaters around the world and became one of Lithuania’s cultural highlights during the Soviet period.

In late 1990, a former ensemble actor, Algirdas Latėnas, became the Jaunimo teatras‘ artistic leader for the next twenty years. He began directing performances based on works that were both classic and contemporary, national and international. Many young Lithuanian directors and actors made their theatrical debuts during this time.

Theater critic and producer Audronis Liuga has been the Jaunimo teatras‘s artistic leader since 2016. He began his renewal of the theater’s artistic program by inviting prominent Lithuanian and international directors such as Eimuntas Nekrošius, Krystian Lupa, Kristian Smeds, Arpad Schilling, Yana Ross, Eric Lacascade, Kirsten Dehlholm, and Gintaras Varnas, as well as innovative young Lithuanian artists. New productions by internationally renowned masters form the core of the repertoire, while young Lithuanian talents add a new dimension to the Youth Theatre’s present and shape its future.  

Eglė Švedkauskaitė graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, where her course director was Jonas Vaitkus. She debuted with Hedda Gabler (2017, the Russian Drama Theatre of Lithuania). In 2018, she won the Young European Theater award at Spoleto Festival (Italy). Her work is characterized by its analysis of contemporary society, revealing the recognizable realities of the contemporary world through comically stereotypical situations.

Asia Vološina is an emerging Russian playwright. Her collection of plays, The Choir Dies, was published in 2018. The collection comprises four plays about Russia, including the play Man from Fish (2016), which is presented in Lithuania for the first time, after being first staged by director Yuri Butusov in 2018 at the Moscow Art Theatre.

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