Jeton Neziraj is a playwright from Kosovo. He was the Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Kosovo and now he is the Director of Qendra Multimedia (www.qendra.org), a theater production company based in Prishtina. He has written over 20 plays that have been staged (over 40 productions) and performed in Europe as well as in the USA.

His plays have been translated and published in more than 15 languages, such as: German, English, French, Italian, Polish, Macedonian, Slovenian, Croat, Rumanian, Bosnian, Spanish, Turkish, Bulgarian, Serbian etc.

Neziraj was Professor of Dramaturgy at the Faculty of Arts - University of Prishtina.
He is the author of many articles on cultural and political issues, published in local and international newspapers and journals, as well as being the author of various books, including a book on the Kosovar actor Faruk Begolli. He has given speeches and has run theater workshops at several universities, festivals and conferences throughout the world.

As a playwright, he has worked with theatres and companies such as: Volkstheater (Vienna), National Theater of Wales (Cardiff), Turkish State Theater (Istanbul) Luzerner Theater (Lucern), the National Theatre of Kosovo (Pristina), National Theater of Montenegro (Podgorica), Istanbul Municipal Theater (Istanbul) National Theatre of Macedonia (Bitola), Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden (Wiesbaden), Schlachthaus Theater (Bern), International Theatre Festival MESS (Sarajevo), Bitef Theater (Belgrade), Albanian Drama Theatre (Skopje), Teater de Vill (Stockholm), The Internationalists (New York), Markus Zohner Theater Company (Lugano), L'Espace d'un instant (Paris), Gare au Théâtre (Paris), the Oda Theatre (Pristina), Geral W. Lynch Theater (New York), theater nomad (London), Yale Drama Coalition (New Haven) etc.

He wrote the screenplay for the feature film "Donkeys of the Border", that had its premiere in October 2010 and since than has been shown at various international festivals.

His play, "Liza is sleeping" won the first prize in a national competition for Albanian plays, organized by the Publishing House, "Buzuku" and it had its premiere in the National Theatre of Kosovo in 2007.
He is the 2011 winer of the INPO prize for "Accelerating the debate".

Neziraj is member of the European Cultural Parliament, Director of the Board of the National Theater of Kosovo, and Kosovo coordinator of the EURODRAM network. He was board member of Dokufest (Prizren), and Kosovo patron for the New Plays from Europe Festival in Wiesbaden.


List of some of Neziraj's staged plays

 

2015 – 2016

 

2013 - 2014


2011 - 2012

"One Flew over the Kosovo theater" - 2012 - Qendra Multimedia, Pristina / National Theater of Kosovo, Pristina / National Theater of Albania, Tirana / CTC, Skopje / CZKD, Belgrade

"Yue Madeleine Yue" - 2012 - Volkstheater - (Vienna- Austria), Qendra Multimedia (Prishtina, Kosovo)

"The Bridge" [Die Brücke] - 2012 - Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden (Wiesbaden, Germany)

"The Demolition of the Eiffel Tower" - 2011 - Gerald W. Lynch Theater – (New York - USA)

"The Demolition of the Eiffel Tower" –2011 - SARTR Theater - Sarajevo / MESS International Theater Festival – (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

"Patriotic hypermarket" (co-author) – 2011 - Bitef Theater / Kulturanova/ Qendra Multimedia - (Belgrade and Pristina)


2009 - 2010

"War in Times of Love" – 2010, Yale Drama Coalition (USA)

The Demolition of the Eiffel Tower” - 2010, Fabrique Ephéméride (Paris, France)

"The Odyssey Project" - 2010 - (co-author with Sebastien Joanniez (France), Sigtryggur Magnason (Iceland), Joel Horwood (England), Ozen Yula (Turkey), Nikolai Khalezin (Belarus) - The Internationalists - (New York - U.S.A)

The General of the Dead Army” - 2010 - (adaptation of the Ismail Kadare novel) –Albanian Theatre – (Skopje, Macedonia)

An American tune” – 2009 - (co-author) National Theatre of Macedonia (Bitola, Macedonia)


2007 - 2008

"Punch and Judy Murder Love" – (co-author) 2008, Theatre of Prizren (Prizren)

"The Bridge" – 2008, Children’s Theatre Center (Skopje, Macedonia)

"The Bridge" – 2007, Qendra Multimedia / CCTD (Pristina)

"Liza is Sleeping" – 2007 - National Theatre of Kosovo (Pristina)

"War in Times of Love" – 2008 - Nomad Theatre (UK)

"The Last Supper" – 2007 - Qendra Multimedia & Markus Zohner Theatre Company, (Pristina / Lugano)

"Madeleine’s war" – 2007 - Oda Theatre (Pristina)


2005 - 2006

"Aeneas Wounded" – 2006, Qendra Multimedia & 2007 Glej Theatre (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

"The Subversive Donkey" – 2006, National Theatre (Gnjilane)

"Speckled Blue Eyes" – 2005, Albanian Drama Theatre (Skopje, Macedonia)

"Le Roi, Le Clown, L`homme au Fouet et le Barbier" – 2005, Gare au Theatre (Paris, France)

"The Longest Winter" - 2005, CCTD & OMPF (Prishtina)


2002-2004

"Forbidden Lesson" – 2004, CCTD & Dodona Theatre (Prishtina)

"Voyage to Unmikistan" (co-author) 2002, L`espace d'un instant (Pristina / Paris)

"The Well" – 2002, Gjilan City Theater


Existing translations of his plays

Kosovo for dummies” – Albanian, German

"o.REST.es IN PEACE" – Albanian, English, Montenegrin

A. P. Department” – Albanian, English, Turkish

"Peer Gynt from Kosovo" - Albanian, German, English, Serbian, Turkish

"One Flew over the Kosovo theater" - Albanian, English, Italian, French, German, Slovenian, Serbian, Turkish

"Yue Madeleine Yue" - Albanian, German, English, Turkish, Croatian

"The Demolition of the Eiffel Tower" - Albanian, Italian, Polish, Bosnian, English, French, German, Turkish, Macedonian

"War in Times of Love" - Albanian, English, German, French, Turkish, Bulgarian, Serbian, Italian, Spanish

"General of the dead army” – Albanian, Turkish, Serbian

In Paradise artists can fly” – Albanian, English

"Aeneas Wounded" - Albanian, English, Slovenian, Serbian, Romanian, Turkish

"The Hustler" - Albanian, English, Turkish

The Bridge” - Albanian, English, German, Bosnian, Turkish

"Patriotic hypermarket"- Albanian, Serbian, English, French

"Speckled Blue Eyes" - Albanian, English, Macedonian, Russian, Spanish, Turkish

"Liza is Sleeping" - Albanian, English, Bulgarian, Turkish

"Punch and Judy Murder Love" - Albanian, English

"Madeleine’s war" - Albanian, English

"Voyage to Unmikistan" - Albanian, French

"Forbidden Lesson" - Albanian, English

"Le Roi, Le Clown, L`homme au Fouet et le Barbier" - French

An American tune” - English