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 family puppet theater, he has lived and traveled the world with puppets since early childhood. After graduating from high school, he went on to study theater directing at Menu fakultetas in Lithuania for a year. After the final graduate production (Glass Menagerie), he enrolled in the study of dramaturgy at AGRFT, where in 2016 he graduated from the mentor Assoc. prof. dr. Tomaž Toporišič with the title Analysis of Puppet Texts and the Pedagogical Work of Lojze Kovačič. He was a founding 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 the Oderuh magazine. He has written articles for the magazines Slovenian Drama Week, Borštnik’s Meeting, Oderuh, Pogledi… During his studies he worked as a dramatrug and lighting designer on several projects at AGRFT, and currently works as a self-employed in culture with several NGOs (House of Children and Arts, LG FRU-FRU, AEIOU Theater…) and public institutions (LGL, LGMB). He also cooperates with JSKD RS as a professional accompanist of puppet and children’s theater groups, as a member of juries and leader of seminars in the field of puppet theater. He is the president of the Ustanova lutkovnih ustvarjalcev (Puppet Creator Foundation).

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