The 7th Juventafest jury

The 7th Juventafest jury

Maja Izetbegović



Born in 1985 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts, Acting Department, in Sarajevo. Upon graduation in 2008, she became a member of the East West theatre company ensemble, with which she participated in prestigious world festivals such as Edinburgh. In 2010, she joined the Chamber Theatre 55 ensemble  in Sarajevo. She appeared in over 50 theatre and film roles so far(Nora, Henrik Ibsen, Antigone, Sophocles, Grusha, Bertolt Brecht, Dora, Tadeusz Slobođanek, Masha, Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, Jelena, Maksim Gorki …). She also performed in theatres in the region, the Zagreb Youth Theatre, Ulysses Theatre Brijuni, Bitef Theatre Belgrade and the Yugoslav Drama Theatre where she received an award for the actress of the season in 2011. She is a winner of international theatre and film awards.



dramatist and drama pedagogue

Born in 1982 in Belgrade, Serbia. She graduated in dramaturgy from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, and her pieces were performed, rewarded, included in anthology, translated into twenty languages ​​and presented at relevant festivals all over the world. She is a winner of Sterija’s Award  for the piece Jami district, Borislav Mihailović Mihiz award for drama creativity and several other awards for theatre, drama, representation of human and women’s rights and for the promotion of youth activism. With the director Vojkan Arsić, she developed a method of collective authorship called Theatre as youth work, which they lectured at numerous symposiums and conferences. With Stevan Filipović, she wrote a screenplay for the award-winning film Next to me, which also received the young audience award at Sarajevo Film Festival. She lectured dramaturgy and screenwriting at Artimedia Arts High school and since July 2018 she is the director of Šabac Theatre in Šabac, Serbia.

Oliver Jović


producer and drama pedagogue

Born in 1985 in Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He graduated from the Department of Production at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Tuzla, in the class of docent Edin Lonić. During his studies he worked in professional art productions. Particularly outstanding is the engagement in the independent theatre company East West Center Sarajevo. For a year he was a producer at the Bosnian National Theatre Zenica as the first highly educated producer in the public theatre of Bosnia and Herzegovina. After graduation he decided to become a freelance producer and curator. In cooperation with the Center for Culture Travnik he started a drama program Teatre Workshop, dealing with the socialization of young people and children through theatre. He works on a major regional project Generator-  platform for the development of a contemporary theatre for children. As part of the MESS festival programme team, he actively works on developing a program for children and young people Mini  MESS. He is the author of the documentary play The Hidden Shadows, which directly deals with the problem of violence against women and children in the modern society of Bosnia and Herzegovina.