Anže Virant - self-employed in culture, puppet animator and dramaturg

He was born in 1988 in Ljubljana. As the youngest member of the FRU-FRU Puppet Theater, he has lived and traveled the world with puppets since early childhood. After graduating from high school, he went to study theater directing at Menu fakultetas in Lithuania for one year. After finishing with final production (Glass Menagerie), he enrolled in the study of dramaturgy at AGRFT (University of Ljubljana Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television) , where he graduated in 2016 with a mentor in Assoc. prof. dr. Tomaž Toporišič entitled Analysis of Puppet Texts and Pedagogical Work by Lojze Kovačič. He was a member of the Artizani Theater Group, which has received several national and international awards for its work and is the recipient of the Prešeren Student Award for his work on the editorial board of student theatre magazin Oderuh. As a dramaturgy assistant, he participated in LGL in the play Mišek Miško and Belamiška, directed by Ajda Rooss. He has written articles for Slovenian Drama Week, Borštnik Meeting, Oderuh, Pogledi… As a dramaturg and light designer, he has participated in several projects at AGRFT, as an assistant light designer for a project of three academies within the ECOC – Opera Orpheus, as a playwright and designer. at the Bufeto Institute he participated in the performance of Jelizaveta Bam in SMG, in the season 2013/14 he worked as a playwright and light designer at LGL in the play My umbrella is a balloon too (dir. Jelena Sitar), and in the season 2017/18 as a dramaturg and playwright at the performance of Bert (dir. Katja Povše) in LGL. He collaborates with the House of Children and Arts and the FRU-FRU Puppet Theater, where he performs in several performances. In 2016, he was a member of the jury at the Vision Youth Theater and Puppet Theater Festival in Nova Gorica, and in 2018 he was a member of the Linhart Meetings jury. In 2018 and 2019 he was a professional companion and selector of amateur puppet groups for JSKD. He is the president of the Ustanova lutkovnih ustvarjalcev (Puppet Creators Foundation.)