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Photo: Mankica Kranjec

Jaša Koceli


Born in Celje, Slovenia. He finished theatre directing and sociology studies at the University of Ljubljana. He often create projects where he combine different text sources. He encourages new writings or writes his own texts.


In last 6 years he directed sixteen professional performances in several different theatres in Slovenia and now he continues his artistic journey abroad, where he directed 5boys by Simona Semenič in hungarian theatre Weöres Sándor in Szombathely and in 2020 he will direct Electra in the National Drama Theatre in Kaunas, Lithuania. His last performance is grand opera The Magic Flute by W.A. Mozart in Slovenian National Opera and Ballet Ljubljana. In 2018 he directed first slovenian staging of The Trojan Women by Euripides in Slovenian National Theatre Nova Gorica. This performance opened the 2019 edition of the International festival of ancient greek drama in Cyprus. 


He created four performances in Glej Theatre (recent one is Psycho by Davorin Lenko in 2019), two performances in Ljubljana City Theatre (Café Dada and Breathless: Now), two shows in Ljubljana Puppet Theatre (Little Queens by Eva Mahkovic and Nellie Goodbye by Lutz Hübner), Pomona by Alistair McDowall in Slovenian National Theatre Drama, the iconic slovenian drama An event in the town of Goga by Slavko Grum in Anton Podbevšek Theater Novo mesto and an intimate erotic fragment Lesbos in BiTeater. 


He was active in the field of opera as well: besides 2019's The Magic Flute he directed his first opera Julka and Janez by the composer Jan Gorjanc and librettist Svetlana Slapšak in the SNT Ballet and Opera Ljubljana and first operette Hop Princess in his hometown of Žalec. 


As lighting designer he co-created three ballet performances: two in SNT Opera and Ballet Ljubljana (Symphony of sorrowful songs and Heartmeat) and one in National Theatre in Belgrade (Dictionary of the Khazars: Dream Hunters).


As assistant director Jaša has cooperated in six institutional theatre performances with the acclaimed directors Dušan Jovanović, Janez Pipan, Ivica Buljan and Tomaž Pandur. 




CV 2020 (pdf)






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List of directed performances:


2020  Electra, National Kaunas Drama Theatre 

2019  The Magic FluteSNT Opera and Ballet Ljubljana

2019  5 Boys, Weöres Sándor Theatre

2019  Psycho, Glej Theatre

2018  Hop Princess, ZKŠT Žalec
2018  The Trojan Women, Slovenian National Theatre Nova Gorica
2017  Little QueensLjubljana Puppet Theatre 
2017  Julka and JanezSNT Opera and Ballet Ljubljana 
2016  PomonaSlovenian National Theatre Drama Ljubljana
2016  Nellie GoodbyeLjubljana Puppet Theatre 
2015  LesbosBiTeater
2015  An event in the town of GogaAnton Podbevšek Theatre and Bunker Ljubljana
2014  Breathless: NowLjubljana City Theatre
2014  We are comingGlej Theatre
2014  Me Me Me MeGlej Theatre
2013  Café DadaLjubljana City Theatre
2013  No there is no shoreGlej Theatre
2011  Beauty and the BeastAGRFT and Mini Teater (graduate performance)




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28.02.2020 - Lara Paukovič, Mladina Magazine

22.02.2020 - Juta Liutkevičiūtė, LRT - Lithuanian Radio

19.02.2020 - Viktorija Vitkauskaitė, IQ Magazine

17.02.2020 - Jolanta Garnytė-Jadkauskienė, 100 seconds for NKDT

08.02.2020 - Lukas Alsys, Kauno Diena

26.06.2019 - Eleni Philippou, Cyprus Mail

24.06.2019 - Merópi Moyséos, Politis

23.06.2019 - Antonis Georgiou, Orizontas

13.06.2019 - Dušan Mukics, Porabje

13.08.2018 - Lucija Kolar, Savinjski Utrip newspaper
12.04.2018 - Ana Kržišnik Blažica, Sigledal
24.05.2017 - Lara Zupan, New Student

12.03.2017 - Mankica Kranjec, NeDelo
17.11.2016 - Nina Zagoričnik, Radio Slovenia

16.04.2016 - Gregor Butala, Dnevnik newspaper

25.11.2014 - Nika Arhar, MMC RTVSLO
25.03.2014 - Maja Čakarić, Delo newspaper