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10 september 2022

Marijana Petrović and Victor Schreiman, laureates of the "Little Prince" Lifetime Achievement Award

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Marijana Petrović and Victor Schreiman, laureates of the

The 29 th edition of International Festival of Children's Theaters, held from September 18 to 23, 2022, organized by the Open University Subotica, asigns the "Little Prince" Lifetime Achievement Award, for an outstanding contribution to the development of culture and performing arts for children, to actress, teatrologist, pedagogist and writer Marijana Petrović and Victor Schreiman - a Russian - Israeli theater director, actor, pedagogue, critic, and one of the leading experts in the field of puppet theater. The "Little Prince" Award is in the form of an artistic sculpture by the prominent Montenegrin sculptor Mija Mijušković.

Marijana Petrović (Belgrade, 1957) graduated from the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade, (Yugoslav literature and Serbo-Croatian language), and received her master's degree from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Department of Theatrology. Since 1978, she has been permanently engaged as an actress in the "Duško Radović" Little Theater in Belgrade, where she also directed. She is the laureate of many acting awards: Biennial of Yugoslav Puppetry in Bugojno, Yugoslav Children's Festival Kotor, Serbian Puppet Theaters Gathering, Milena Načić, Božidar Valtrović...

As a teacher, she taught at the "Lujo Davičo" secondary ballet school - the organization of stage and music activities. She designed a seminar intended for teachers, pedagogues and psychologists, organized by the Serbian Ministry of Education and Sports in 2001 at the Faculty for Teachers in Belgrade, on the subject of puppetry in elementary school, and held lectures and exercises as part of it. In 2011, within the project of the Center for Theater Research ApsArt intended for the education of FASPER students, she realized workshops on the topic: Use Of Puppets for Therapeutic Purposes. She also realized author's projects for children as an associate in Školigrica (Cultural Center Stari Grad, Belgrade); Children's Cultural Center Belgrade (puppet games as part of the workshop for babies up to 3 years old, collaborated with the Center for Museum Didactics as an actor and author). She edited the monograph Little Theatre "Duško Radović" - 70 Years of Diversity (Little Theatre "Duško Radović", 2019). She is a member of Assitej and Cedeum.

Victor Ljvovich Schreiman (1945, Kharkiv) is a Russian and Israeli theater director, actor, pedagogue, critic, one of the leading experts in the field of puppet theater. He is the founder and the first chief director of the Magnitogorsk Theater of Puppets and Actors "Buratino". From 2012 to 2018, he was the chief director of the Nizhny Novgorod State Theater for Young Spectators. He is the chairman of the Expert Council of the award named after the honored artist of the RSFSR, professor M.M. Korolyev, vice president of the KUKART International Festival, member of the jury of the most important national theater award "Golden Mask", member of the STD RF Puppet Theater Committee. He participated in the work of international theater projects (congresses, conferences, festivals) as a representative of the USSR in the USA, France, Japan, Italy, Norway, Mongolia, Poland.

He is the head of the interregional seminar for puppet theater actors, the head of the All-Russian Laboratory of Puppet Theater Directors (Russian Federation Theater Workers’ Union). He directed more than 60 plays throughout Russia, Poland and Israel and won many awards. He played in four Russian films, as well as four films in Israel, and was on the juries of many international puppet festivals. He is the author of two books: Profession – Actor (1997) and Analysis of Plays (2004).

Last year, the "Little Prince" Award was assigned to the director and actor Jovan Caran, and the designer of puppets, costumes and scenography Lyudmila Konstantinova Hense from Kazakhstan. The posthumous award for a lifetime dedicated to children's work went to director Dragoslav Todorović. Among the laureates of the Award, assigned by the Festival since 2000, are Branka Veselinović (2019), Zoran Hristić (2016), Minja Subota (2015), Timothy John Byford (2014), Branko Milićević Kockica (2007), Ljubivoje Ršumović (2006), and many other respected authors for children.

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