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Mateja Koležnik, born in 1962 in Metlika (Slovenia), studied philosophy, comparative literature and literary theory at the University of Ljubljana and theatre direction at the Academy for Theatre, Radio, Film and Television Ljubljana. She is one of the most renowned directors of contemporary Slovenian theatre and has directed at many important theatres in the former Yugoslavia, including Zagreb, Belgrade, Maribor and Ljubljana. Her directing works have received many awards and have been shown at European and international festivals. Since 2012, she has also worked in German-speaking countries, including at Schauspiel Leipzig, Theater in der Josefstadt in Vienna, Schauspiel Stuttgart, Theater Basel, Berliner Ensemble and several times at the Residenztheater in Munich and the Burgtheater. In November 2018, Mateja Koležnik won the prestigious Austrian Nestroy Theatre Prize for her production of Ivanov by Anton Chekhov at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt.

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