Petya Boyukova: Commissioner
Petya Boyukova is the commissioner for the Bulgarian participation at the PQ23. She is a scenographer and costume designer who works both in established theaters as well as the alternative scene. She also lectures Costume History at the department of Scenography at the National Academy of Art.
Her achievements include the Scenography and the Costume design for the performance of Amadeus by Peter Shaffer and for Glorious by Peter Quilter, directed by Stayko Murdjiev; the performance of Antigone by Jean Anouilh and The Bright Future of the Flea Market, based on the book Secondhand Time by Svetlana Alexievich , directed by Ivan Dobchev. In addition, for her work on the performances of Shopping and Fucking by Mark Ravenhill, The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds by Paul Zindel and The Happy Beckett, which is based on texts provided by the audience, all directed by Mariy Rosen.
Boyukova is the co-founder of the interdisciplinary platform for new performance instruments Runabout projects. She has been nominated for the Bulgarian Theater Awards ASKEER in 2013 and IKAR in 2020. She has participated in national and international exhibitions and festivals. She graduated the MA Scenography and Costume Designing at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia in 2010, and currently completes her PhD research.
Mariy Rosen: Performance Director
Mariy Rosen is a theatre director, actor, poet, musician, tutor, also an assistant professor in Acting at the Theater Department of the New Bulgarian University. A good number of his performances are staged in an alternative theater environment.
Some of his best-known performances are Lungs by Duncan Macmillan; Bartleby by Herman Melville; Shopping and Fucking by Mark Ravenhill; The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds by Paul Zindel and The Happy Beckett, based on texts provided by the audience.
He was awarded the Bulgarian Theater IKAR for Directing in 2015.
Mariy Rosen has directed many performances, he is the co-founder and the lead singer of the band Help Me Jones and also the author of two poetry books. He graduated Theater Directing in the class of Stoyan Kambarev and Yuliya Ognyanova at NATFA Krastyo Sarafov in 2000.
Ivanka Mogilska: Performance dramaturgy and texts
Ivanka Mogilska is a writer. Her novel Sudden Streets (2013) and the collection of short stories This Land, That Land (2017) are highly popular. Her poetry collections DNA (2004) and Otherwise (2010) were awarded in the debut competition Southern Spring, as well as the Vladimir Bashev National Literary Prize. Her poetry and prose are translated into English, French, German, Hungarian, Farsi, Bangla. Her latest collection of short stories Ordinary Miracles was released in 2023.
She writes for the Swiss company Soundscapes.live, and has written music improvisations, sound and text for the performance Street Ballads. Based on her poems, together with Albena Baeva they have created and performed a series of experimental performances entitled the DNA of Words.
Ivanka Mogilska graduated Directing for Drama Theater in the last class of Professor Krikor Azaryan at NAFTA Krastyo Sarafov and she also holds a degree in Public Relations from the Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski in 2010.
Nevena Georgieva: Performance Scenography
Nevena Georgieva is a scenographer and professor in Painting at the department of Scenography of the National Academy of Arts. In 2021 she defended her PhD thesis at the same department.
She has worked on various theater projects such as Spiders, a verbatim documentary performance, and Spotted, directed by Neda Sokolovska; The Beauty and the Beast, directed by Lyubomir Kolaksazov; Tartuffe, directed by Ventsislav Asenov.
She is a scenographer of short film projects among which: To Bury a Dragon (2023); City of Ghosts (2022); The Seaside (2022); Night Shift (2020).
Albena Baeva: Media and web
Albena Baeva is among the pioneers of interactive art in Bulgaria. She works with new technologies, artificial intelligence, physical computing, creative coding, and augmented reality. Her works have been shown internationally at festivals, galleries, and museums in Europe and the USA and recently became part of the Art Collection Telekom.
Albena actively presents and supports other artists in the development of their works. She is a co-founder of the studio for interactive design Reaktiv, the bio-art organization Symbiomatter, the interdisciplinary platform for new performance instruments Runabout project, and the only gallery for digital art in Bulgaria gallery Gallery and its AR sculpture park Ploshtadka.
Aleksandar Mitrev: Actor
Aleksandar Mitrev studied Theatre at secondary education in the class of Nikolay Georgiev. In 2000 he obtained a BA at NATFA Krastyo Sarafov in Acting for Drama Theater in the class of Professor Snejina Tankovska. Later he became her assistant. He has been a freelance actor for 23 years.
Upon graduating he became guest-actor at the Ivan Vazov National Theater and at the Sofia Theater. This early experience motivated his choice to develop as an independent artist. Since then he has participated in two musical performances by Andrey Batashov Rhythm and 360 degrees. He also works with the directors Galin Stoev, Nikola Petkov, Zdravko Mitkov, Veselin Dimov, Ida Daniel, Stefan Spasov, and Mariy Rosen. For over a decade he has been part of the improvisational theater collective HaHaHa Impro. He has participated in international improvisational festivals in Germany, Spain and Slovenia.
He was nominated the Bulgarian Theater IKAR award in 2018 in the categories Contemporary Dance and Performance for No More or So Called Bernhard, directed by Ida Daniel; main male role in 2022 for Bartleby, directed by Mariy Rosen; and in the category Voiceover for Rufus in Infinity again in 2022.
Aleksandra Georgieva: Logo design and illustrations
Konstantin Timoshenko: Music for Late Antroposcene Findings performance
Raya Bouyukova: Graphic design
Petya Koleva, Asparuh Donchev, Svetlana Komogorova-Komata: Translation
Albena Tagareva: Public Relations and Social Media, translation
Petar Mitev: Coordinator and support
Hannah Schwartz: Coordinator and support
Momchil Alexiev: Exhibition support
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