Dušan Kovačević

Dušan Kovačević (Serbian Cyrillic: Душан Ковачевић, pronounced [dǔʃan kɔv̞ǎːtʃɛv̞itɕ]; born 12 July 1948) is a Serbian playwright and director best known for his theater plays and movie scripts. He also served as the ambassador of Serbia in Lisbon, Portugal.

Dušan Kovačević
Dušan Kovačević at the Belgrade Book Fair, 22 October 2007
Native name
Душан Ковачевић
Born (1948-07-12) 12 July 1948
Alma materUniversity of Belgrade
Occupationplaywright and theatre director


Kovačević was born in Mrđenovac near Šabac, PR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia, graduated from a grammar school in Novi Sad, and received a bachelor's degree in dramaturgy from the University of Belgrade in 1973. From 1973, he worked as a dramaturge at TV Beograd for five years. Since 1998, he has been the Artistic Director of Zvezdara teatar. In 2003 he directed his first movie, Profesionalac (The Professional).

His daughter Lena Kovačević is a famous jazz singer.

Kovačević's prolific work is well known and popular in Serbia. His comedies have been translated into 17 languages, but his work didn't become available in English until the mid-1990s. One of his plays, Balkan Spy was being rehearsed in Beijing at the time of Tiananmen Square protests, only to be cancelled by the authorities.

A declared royalist, Dušan Kovačević is a member of the Crown Council of Aleksandar Karađorđević. He is also a member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Selected works


  • Radovan Treći - Radovan III (1973)
  • Maratonci trče počasni krug - The Marathon Runners Run a Victory Lap of Honor (1973)
  • Sabirni centar - The Gathering Place (1982)
  • Balkanski špijun - Balkan Spy (1982)
  • Sveti Georgije ubiva aždahu - St. George Shoots the Dragon (1984)
  • Klaustofobična Komedija - Claustrophobic Comedy (1987)
  • Profesionalac - The Professional (1990)
  • Urnebesna Tragedija - Roaring Tragedy (also translated as Tragedy Burlesque; 1990)
  • Lari Tompson, tragedija jedne mladosti - Larry Thompson, the Tragedy of a Youth (1996)
  • Kontejner sa Pet Zvezdica - Five-Star Dumpster (1999)
  • Doktor Šuster - Doctor Shoemaker (2001)
  • Generalna proba samoubistva - Dress Rehearsal for a Suicide (2009)
  • Život u tesnim cipelama - Life in tight shoes (2011)
  • Kumovi - Godfathers (2013)
  • Rođendan gospodina Nušića - The birthday of mr Nusic (2014.)
  • Hipnoza jedne ljubavi - Hypnosis of one love (2016.)


See also

  • List of Ambassadors from Serbia


  • Barnett, Dennis. An interview with Dusan Kovacevic, Belgrade, August 1997.
  • Kovačević, Dušan. Odabrane Drame I, Vreme Knjige:Beograd, 1994.
  • Kovačević, Dušan. Odabrane Drame II, Vreme Knjige:Beograd, 1994.
  • Kovačević, Dušan. Odabrane Drame III, Vreme Knjige:Beograd, 1998.
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