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Oh Eagle, come with wings
Outspread in sunny skies.
Oh Eagle, come and bring us peace,
thy gentle peace.
Oh Eagle, come and give new life
to us who pray.
Remember the circle of the sky, the
stars, and the brown eagle.
the great life of the Sun,
the young within the nest,
Remember the sacredness of things.”
- Pawnee prayer

“And above all,
watch with glittering eyes
the whole world
around you
because the greatest secrets
are always are hidden
in the most unlikely places.
Those who don’t believe
in magic
will never find it.”
- Roald Dahl


Ingredients Of A Creative Life: Sketches Summer 2017

The Method Acting Exercises Handbook

The Laboratory Instinct

All People Are Famous: Instead of an Autobiography

“CREATE! How Extraordinary People Live to Create and Create to Live”

Films That Make a Difference

Witness to Spirit: My Life with Cowboys, Mozart & Indians

My Life and Art

A Healing Art: How Eurythmy Lives in the World

Dramatic Circumstances: On Acting, Singing, and Living Inside the Stories We Tell: Teaching Through the Lens of Neuroscience

Chasing Light: Notes on Creativity

Changing Ourselves to Change Society

An Excerpt from DAH Theatre: A Sourcebook

I Can Resist Everything Except Тheater: the Work and Role of The Macedonian Centre — International Theatre Institute

Real Life Drama

“A word does not start as a word – it is an end product which begins as an impulse, stimulated by attitude and behavior which dictates the need for expression.”
– Peter Brook

“The power of art is the power of truth.”
– Julian Beck

“The key to the mystery of a great artist is that for reasons unknown, he will give away his energies and his life just to make sure that one note follows another... and leaves us with the feeling that something is right in the world.”
– Leonard Bernstein

“In the long history of man, countless empires and nations have come and gone. Those which created no lasting works of art are reduced today to short footnotes in history's catalog. Art is a nation's most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves, and to others, the inner vision which guides us as a Nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish.”
– President Lyndon B. Johnson

“If you take the trouble to really listen (to the music) with your soul and with your ears - and I say soul and ears because the mind must work, but not too much also - you will find every gesture there. And it is all true, you know.”
– Maria Callas

“An artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose.”
– Langston Hughes

“Each of us have a gift given us freely by the universe. And each of us with every breath gives something back.”
– Kim Stanley

“We all bear within us the potentiality for every kind of passion, every fate, every way of life. Nothing human is alien to us. If this were not so, we could not understand other people, either in life or in art.”
– Max Reinhardt

“All kinds of art serve to the greatest of the arts - the art of living on earth.”
– Bertolt Brecht

“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.”
– James Madison

“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium, and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, not how it compares with other expression. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.”
– Martha Graham

“You have to live spherically — in many directions. Never lose your childish enthusiasm — and things will come your way.”
– Federico Fellini

“If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself, and make a change.”
– Michael Jackson

I Can Resist Everything Except Тheater: the Work and Role of The Macedonian Centre — International Theatre Institute

Darja Rizova as Electra, theater performance directed by Andriy Zholdak; Macedonian actress, MNT Skopje, 2014.

In 1992, The Macedonian Centre – International Theatre Institute was established by Mr. Ljubisha Nikodinovski – Bish, however in 2006, it ceased operation. But in 2013, supported by the initiative of Ms Tatjana Azman from the Slovenian Center of ITI, and in coordination with the Program Board and the Dance Board of ITI, The Macedonian Centre was renewed and revitalized within the Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities Research “Euro Balkan.” Three years later, in August of 2016 The Macedonian Centre became an independent civil organization.

“No Panic” (2014) National Theater Bitola with Nikola Projchevski and Aleksandar Kopanja and Marjan Gjorgievski

The Macedonian Centre re-established its relevance among the Macedonian theater professionals by initiating a promotion of free individual and institutional memberships. This was accepted by the young unestablished artists who look for visibility. However institutions, slower in adjusting and reacting to new opportunities, are still closed to the network which is represented and supported by ITI.

“Happy End” by Blagoj Micevski National Theater Bitola 2015
with Kristina Hristova Nikolova and Aleksandar Kopanja

The mission of The Macedonian Centre is dedicated to open exchanges of information about international festivals, summer schools, residencies for artists, competitions and student exchange programs at state and private universities, as well as recommending and connecting the local scene with international partners for joint applications to EU funds for art and culture, The Centre also provides advice and guidance to artists who look for establishing their carriers in international context.

To honor the achievements and contributions of these people to the development of the Macedonian theater, The Centre has also created honorary members. The Center also remains committed to receive valuable feedback in relation to improving the current criteria for good theater management, high quality and competitive theater production.

“The Life of M de Moliere” with Dragana Kostadinovska

Those involved with The Centre include highly dedicated and committed individuals including an anthropologist — Ivanka Apostolova, researcher — Kristina T. A, actors/theater directors — Vasil and Trajche,  professors/theatrologists/musicologists — Ana and Sonja, a conductor — Oliver, vocal coach/singer/pianist — Kristina P., opera director — Dejan, dance manager — Biljana, ballet dancers — Ivana and Aleksandra, choreographers/modern ballet dancers — Kire and Iskra, choreographers and modern ballet dancers, Ines – designer, IT Manager — Igor, and through our activities each year we celebrate World Theatre Day and International Dance Day by selecting talented and impressive local artists as the Macedonian authors who write special essays for these two occasions. Other activities include the regional drama colony in cooperation with Monodrama Fest and Shakespeare Fest from Bitola, the project “Human Ecology.” The Centre reinforced its cooperation with the ITI centre in China in order to access new opportunities and potentially interesting collaborations in 2017, which have included collaboration on the German project Passage 23, a tour of the Theater from Strumica during the Summer festival in Antalya, Turkey, a showcase in Zagreb and Rijeka organized by ITI Croatia and other inspiring opportunities which encourage new creative collaborations. 

Theater director Ivan Popovski in National Theater Skopje

While The Macedonian Centre may be small as an organization, they work unselfishly and openly, with effective, hands-on healthy coordination, with continuous and constructive inter-actions helping theater artists. At the same time, The Centre seeks direct exchange of energies on the theatrical stage between the intensity of excellent actors and performers and the audience‘s fascination, ultimately hoping that the audience’s love for the power of theater strengthens and grows.

Today, you will find some very notable contemporary productions in Macedonian Contemporary Theater reflecting the local political and economic situation, including the social crisis of the society ranging from antagonism to total negation. Several renowned directors from the world over have come to Macedonia including Tomaž Pandur, Andrej Zoldak, Ivan Popovski, Alexander Morfov, Lilia Abadzieva to create new theater productions directing in neglected provincial theaters to newly constructed theater buildings in Skopje and Veles. All in all, Macedonia is in the process of gradually exiting a theatre crisis and slowly opening toward new narrative contents which scream all around us, demanding their life on stage.

Theater director Aleksandar Popovski directing in Slovenia

We welcome audiences from America and all countries to come and experience exciting Macedonian theater productions which have occurred over the past few years including “Solaris and Elektra” directed by A, Zoldak, “The Life of M. de Molière” directed by A.Popovski, “Prometeus" directed by D. Projkovski, “She” directed by V. Mihail, “The Cherry Orchard” directed by Dz. Angelovska, “Anna Komnene” directed by Vasil Zafirchev and Nenad Vitanov, “Happy End” and “No Panic” directed by Blagoj Micevski, and “The Woman Before” directed by Nela Vitoshevikj. •

“The Woman Before” directed by Nela Vitoshevikj with Aleksandra Pesevska and National Theater Kumanovo

2017 Written exclusively for “The Soul of the American Actor. The article was translated by Kristina Peseva – Dinovska.

IVANKA APOSTOLOVA Art anthropologist/art historian, professor, researcher, organizer, promoter and author, Ms. Apostolova is head of the Macedonian Center ITI. As a visiting professor, she teaches History of Art, History of Design and Contemporary Art at the Faculty for Art and Design, at the European University in Skopje. She also works as a program director of the festival for creative industries Skopje Kreativa. Ms. Apostolova is the author of many texts, essays, interviews and reviews that have been published in several local and international magazines, including “Mediantrop,” “Vesnik,” “Platforma SCCA,” “Margina,” “Zivot Umjetnosti,” “Monitor ISH,” and “Teatarski Glasnik.”, Visit:,


"It is a law of life that man cannot live for himself alone. Extreme individualism is insanity. The world's problems are also our personal problems. Health is achieved through maintaining our personal truth in a balanced relation of love to the rest of the world. No expression is more emblematic of this relation than the creative act which we call art. No art by its very constitution typifies the social nature of that creative act more than the theatre. The theatre, to be fully understood and appreciated, must be seen as a manifestation of this process of interchange between society and the individual. It must be judged as a continuous development of groups of individuals within society, a development which becomes richer, acquires greater force and value as it grows with the society in which it originates. Only in this way can the theatre nourish us.  - Harold Clurman

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