Zlatko Paković (1968), theatre director and writer, graduated from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Department of Theatre and Radio Directing. His directorial debut came in 1990, at the Student Theatre Lero in Dubrovnik, based on his own screenplay: “Tonight We Reprise”. He has directed in theatres in Bulgaria and Cyprus, and in Serbia mainly outside of institutional theatres, primarily for the productions of the Center for Cultural Decontamination in Belgrade, and the Students’ Cultural Center in Novi Sad.
Zlatko has developed a specific fierce political theatre poetics, with a pronounced playful expression. The theatre for him is an inextricable whole of the aesthetic and the social act. For his play “Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People as Brecht’s teaching-play”, he was awarded the International Ibsen Scholarship 2014, the most prestigious theatre project award in Europe. Hans-Thies Lehmann, the most significant living drama theorist, wrote of this play as a completely new way of interpreting Brecht’s legacy.
His most influential plays are: “The Prison of the Danube Region”, “Madam Olga – In Search of the Final Version”, “To Kill Zoran Djindjić”, “Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People as Brecht’s teaching-play”, “The Encyclopedia of the Living – an artistic intervention into the realities of Serbia and Kosovo”, “The Philosophy of the Province – a Christmas Oratorio for Radomir Konstantinović”, “Capitalism, Demonstrated in Geometrical Order”, “Don Quixote or What Are the Windmills Today and Where the Wind Comes from”, “Othello, an Illegal Liturgy”.
Zlatko has also published two novels “A Room for One Bed” and “Common Ashes” (published in Germany as “Die gemeinsame Asche”, Berlin, 2013), a collection of poems “A Journal of Singing”, and two books of essays “The Anatomy of the Nationalistic Moral” and “On the Authoritarian Conscience”. He is a permanent columnist and theatre critic for the daily newspaper Danas. He received the “Desimir Tošić” award for opinion journalism in 2010.