Naum Panovski is a professional theater director, writer, a professor of performing arts, criticism, theory, aesthetics, and humanities. Panovski is a Fulbright Expert and Scholar as well.
He was born in Skopje, Macedonia, then part of former Yugoslavia, and graduated from the noted Academy of Theater, Film, Radio, and Television in Belgrade. Later, he studied at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, earned a Master’s Degree in Dramatic Arts from the Faculty of Drama in Belgrade, and a Ph.D. in the Humanities from the University of Texas at Dallas.
During his long professional career in theater, he has worked as a director or a dramaturge on more than ninety productions performed in theaters in Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Macedonia, Italy, France, Russia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Poland, or U.S.
As a professor of aesthetics, criticism, theory, literature, culture, arts and society he has taught and lectured at The University of the Arts, Lee Strasberg Theater Institute, New York University, Yale University, The Catholic University, Lincoln Centre, Smith College, Bentley College, La MaMa Symposium in Spoleto, Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, and many other institutions.
As a theater critic and writer, he has authored two books, Directing Poiesis and Theater as a Weapon and has written numerous articles published in theater and performance journals worldwide. He has also presented his work in conferences, panels, and symposia; served on boards, and held various artistic leadership positions.
Naum Panovski is a recipient of many distinguished awards for his creative work, and he is internationally recognized. The Master Thesis “Hamlet our Contemporary - Panovski’s Production” discussing his cross-disciplinary and multimedia vision of this seminal play written by Ms. Aurelie Clemente Graduate student M. A. candidate was submitted to the Universite Paris VII Sorbonne - UFR d’Etudes Anglophones in September 1996,
Naum Panovski’s work was inspired by the theories and practices of the experimental theater of Adolphe Appia, Vsevolod Meyerhold, Bertolt Brecht, Antonin Artaud, Peter Brook, Joseph Chaikin, Richard Schechner, Tadeusz Kantor, Carl Weber, Robert Corrigan, Mata Milošević, and Mirjana Miočinović.