The Jenko Room
A playwriting residency
Prešeren Theatre Kranj
JSKD – Public Fund for Cultural Activities of the Republic of Slovenia
Tourism and Culture Board Kranj
This year marks 150 years since Slovenian poet and writer Simon Jenko wrote his last words. On this occasion, together with our fellow organisers we decided to call the 15th edition of free playwriting workshops "the Jenko Room".
Four selected participants will reside free of charge at the Layer House for the duration of the workshop, so that this year’s workshop will for the first time be a residency. Under the mentorship of Kim Komljanec, this year’s focus will be stage dialogue: how words function onstage; why they function and what we can achieve with them; how the writer and the performer can best use them; what the words spoken onstage mean and what they hide?
ABOUT THE MENTOR
Kim Komljanec is a playwright, dramaturg and language consultant, theatre director and drama and theatre educator. Occasionally she is an actress as well. After obtaining a degree in French and Slovenian languages and literatures at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, she earned a master’s degree in writing and dramaturgy at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. She continued her education in London at the Book, Music and Lyrics where she trained in writing librettos for musical theatre.
A number of Komljanec’s works have been performed in Slovenian institutional, non-institutional and amateur theatres, others have been staged in the UK and the USA. Her radio dramas have been broadcast on Radio Slovenia and Radio Trieste (RAI). An invaluable work experience was her residency at the famed London theatre the Royal Court.
Kim Komljanec writes in Slovenian and in English. She led a branch of theatre school for children Theatretrain and later became the artistic director of the WRiTEON playwrights’ forum in Cambridge. She works with several international playwrights’ and theatre artists’ networks. In 2019, her play Sink or Swim will be staged at the famous ADC Theatre in Cambridge, where the theatre paths of, among others, John Cleese, Emma Thompson and Hugh Laurie started.