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Mirjana Jokovic

Director of Performance; Head of MFA Acting

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Phone: 661.253.7793

Fax: 661.255.0462

Room: E123U

Mirjana Jokovic was born in Serbia, formerly a part of Yugoslavia. Mirjana started to work professionally as an actor in the movies and at the National Theater in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Soon, she was appearing in numerous television projects and as a lead at the National Theater. Three years later she appeared as a regular character in the TV series Grey Home, which is still known as one of the most distinctive works of television during the former Yugoslavia. In addition to her association with the National Theater and Yugoslav Drama Theater (two of the most prestigious theater groups in the country), Mirjana also continued her film career, for which she was recognized with Best Leading Actress at the Rio De Janeiro International Film Festival in 1988 and the Best International Actress of The Year at Spain's San Sebastian Film Festival in 1988. Ms. Jokovic returned to Yugoslavia to take leads in a number of films, for which she was awarded five times in five consecutive years and recognized as the Best Actress of the Year (Empress Theodora Award) as well as the Best Female Lead (Golden Arena Award). During that same period, Mirjana also worked in Germany in 1989, taking the lead in the German-Yugoslav co-production of the film Serbian Girl directed by Peter Sehr. In 1993 Mirjana played lead roles in Underground directed by Emir Kusturica which won the Palme d`Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1995 and Critics Circle Award in the US in 1997 and Vukovar which won Mirjana another Best Actress of the Year Award. The journey in the U.S. began with the off-Broadway production of Lynn Nottage's Mud, River, Stone directed by Roger Rees at Playwrights Horizons. U.S. theater work includes a Broadway production of Electra, directed by David Levaux. In 1999 she participated in The Institute of the Arts and Civic Dialogue. From 1999 to 2001, she worked at the American Repertory Theater where she performed in Full Circle (Chuck Mee) (Dir. Robert Woodruff, Dule Grit), Winters Tale (Dir. Slobodan Unkovski), Three Farces and the Funeral (Robert Brustein, Dir. Yuri Yereman), Mother Courage and Her Children (Dir. Janos Saaz) and Othello (Shakespeare) (Dir. by Yuri Yereman). In 2001, she returned to the McCarter Theater for the production of Romeo and Juliet (dir. Emily Mann) and also shot the film A Better Way to Die (Dir. Scott Wiper) for HBO. Other off-Broadway and regional productions include Necessary Targets by Eve Ensler directed by Michael Wilson, Sophocles' Electra at Hartford Stage directed by Jonathan Wilson and Three Sisters directed by Carey Perloff at ACT. In 2004 she participated in the Sundance Theatre Lab as well as a co-production between Flemish National Theater, Serbian National Theater and Theatre`Epique from Brussels, Belgium, in a piece called Trous - Rupe-Haten, directed by Lorant Wanson.

Most recently, Mirjana appeared as "Io" in the critically-acclaimed CalArts Center for New Performance (CNP) production of Prometheus Bound at The Getty Villa directed by Travis Preston.

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