Veselka Kuncheva

Employment:

 

2017 – 2018
State director in the National Theatre “Ivan Vazov”, Sofia

 

2010 – 2011
Script-writer of the television show “Natives” for TV7, produced by
No Frame Media

 

2009 – 2014
Co-founder and Director in Contrast Films Ltd.

 

2008 – 2009
Script-writer of the television puppet show “Speaking Heads” in the TV7

2003 – 2007
State director in the State Puppet Theatre, Vidin

 

 

 

Education:

 

2008
Film and Television Director, specialization, in the class of Professor Georgi Djulgerov in the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts

 

1996 – 2001
Puppet Theatre Director, Master degree, in the class of Professor Slavcho Malenov in the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts

 

1995 – 1997
Fashion and Advertisement Director, specialization, in the class of Professor Hristo Rukov in the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts, Division in Veliko Turnovo

 

1994 – 1995
New Bulgarian University, specialization, оpera singing

 

 

 

Awards:

 

2017
Grand Prix for best performance at the 10th International Puppet Festival
for Adults “Pierrot”

 

2017
Award for best director at the 10th International Puppet Festival for Adults “Pierrot”

 

2017
Award for best director at the 17th International Puppet Festival “The Golden Dolphin”, Varna


 

2017
Award “Plovdiv” for the performance “Queen of Spades”



 

2016
Award “Ikar” of Union of Bulgarian Actors for best puppet director



 

2016
Gran Prix for the performance “I, Sisyphus” at the International festival “Puppet is a human, too”, Warsaw, Poland



 

2016
Nominations for the best performance, the special award of the jury, for stage design, for directing and for choreography in the international festival “Atelier”, Baia Mare, Romania



 

2016
The award of UNIMA for best director

 

2015
“Ikar” from the Union of Bulgarian Actors for the performance „Fear”

 

2015
“Ikar” from the Union of Bulgarian Actors for the best technical implementation „Fear”



 

2015
Gran Prix for the performance “Immurement” in the International puppet festival “Pierrot”, Stara Zagora

 

2015
Award for the best director in the International puppet festival “Pierrot”,
Stara Zagora

 

2015
Award for Experimental and New Forms Award for the performance
„I, Sisyphus”



 

2014
The special award of the jury for the performance “I, Sisyphus” at the International festival “BGMOT” – Gabrovo


 

2014
Nomination UAB “Ikar”2014 for best puppet performance for “I Sisyphus”


 

2013
“Ikar” from the Union of Bulgarian Actors for the performance „Immured”

 

2013
Award “Plovdiv” for the performance “Immurement”

 

2013
Award “Ivana Mirkov Vlachich” at the 63rd festival of Serbian professional theatres for the best visual identity for the performance “Breath”



 

2012
“Ikar” from the Union of Bulgarian Actors for the performance
“On the edge of the sky”


 

2012
Second prize for best performance of 14th international puppet festival “Golden Flash” for performance “Breath”



 

2012
Award for best director for the performance “In the Dark” at the first International Festival of Puppet Art, Podgorica

 

2012
Grand Prix for “In the Dark” at the first International Festival of
Puppet Art, Podgorica

 

2011
Grand Prix for “In the Dark” at the 61st National Festival of the Professional Theaters, Vojvodina, Serbia

 

2010
Award best director for the performance “In the Dark” at the 20th International Puppet Festival “Golden Spark”, Kragujevac, Serbia


 

2010
Grand Prix for the performance “In the Dark” at the 20th International
Puppet Festival “Golden Spark”, Kragujevac, Serbia



 

2010
Special UNIMA award for the performance “In the Dark” at the 20th International Puppet Festival “Golden Spark”, Kragujevac, Serbia

 

2010
Award for best performance of 2010 from the Unit of the Puppet Artists
in Serbia for the performance “In the Dark”



 

2010
Award for a best creative team for the performance “In the Dark” at the 12th International Puppet Festival “Golden Spark, Kragujevac, Serbia



 

2009
Award of Ministry of Culture for contribution to Bulgarian art

 

2009
Award for best performance of “The Big Quixotic Jungle” at the 6th International Puppet Festival for Adults “Pierrot”


 

2008
Grand Prix for the performance “Pinocchio – Forbidden for Children” in the 7th International Festival, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina


 

2008
Grand Prix for the performance “The Big Quixotic Jungle” in the 14th International Puppet Festival “The Golden Dolphin”, Varna


 

2008
Award best director for the performance “The Big Quixotic Jungle” in the 14th International Puppet Festival “The Golden Dolphin”, Varna

 

2007
Grand Prix for the performance “King Marko” in the Serbian Annual Council
of the puppet theatre, Novi Sad, Serbia

 

2007
Grand Prix for the performance “King Marko” in the international festival “Golden Spark”, Kragujevac, Serbia


 

2003
Award “Ikar” of Union of Bulgarian Actors for the performance
“Little Zaches called Cinnabar”

Professional Experience in Film and Video:

 

2017; Director

“I, Charleston” – music video, prod. Lindy Hop Bulgaria – 5’48 min.

 

2011; Director

Mona Lisa – short fiction film, 16 mm, prod. Contrast Films Ltd. and Bourough Film Ltd. – in post-production;

 

2011; Director

Tzvetanka – short fiction film, 3’40” min, prod. Contrast Films Ltd.

 

2010; Director

Nasekomix – “Definitely Song” (music video) – 6’12” min.

 

2008; Director

Short fiction film “Reflections”

 

2007; Director

Bluba Lu – ‘Hold back’ (music video) – 5’08” min.
Multimedia performance “Behind the curtain” with the brass band “Bluba Lu” in the Theatre of Youth, Sofia
Concert of the brass band “Bluba Lu” in the Bulgarian National Radio, Sofia

 

2008; Assistant Director

“The Goat” – feature fiction film of Georgi Djulgerov

 

2019; Director and Scriptwriter

“The Last Man” in The Stage Puppet Theatre, Stara Zagora

 

2019; Director

Director of the Tango Opera “Maria de Buenos Aires” in State Opera Plovdiv

 

2018;Leader of the International Director’s Masterclass

“Metamorphoses”, Magdeburg

 

2018; Director

International Creative Laboratory “1984” in State Puppet Theatre, Stara Zagora

 

2018; Director

International Creative Laboratory “Animal Farm” in State Puppet Theatre, Stara Zagora and Pace School of Performing Art – New York, USA

 

2018; Director

“The Nose” in Theatre 199 “Valentin Stoychev”, Sofia

2017; Director
“Rage as a life” in State Puppet Theatre, Stara Zagora

 

2016; Director and Scriptwriter

“The last temptation” in the National Theater, Sofia

 

2016; Director of 9th International Art Laboratory
Atelier

“Alone with yourself” in State Puppet Theatre – Stara Zagora



 

2016; Director and Scriptwriter

“Queen of spades” in the State Puppet Theatre, Plovdiv

2015; Director and Scriptwriter
“Escapes” in Theater “Azaryan”, Sofia

 

2014; Director of 8th International Art Laboratory
Atelier

“Fear” in State Puppet Theatre, Stara Zagora



 

2014; Director and Scriptwriter

„Fear” in the State Puppet Theatre, Stara Zagora

2014; Director and Scriptwriter
„Momo” in the Youth Theater „Nikolay Binev”, Sofia

 

2013; Director and Scriptwriter

„I Sisyphus” – independent performance of production company
“Puppet’s Lab”

 

2012; Director and Scriptwriter

„Immured” in the State Puppet Theatre, Plovdiv



 

2012; Director and Scriptwriter

“Breath”, Theatre of Youth, Subotica, Serbia

2011; Director and Scriptwriter
“On the edge of the sky” in the State Puppet Theatre, Plovdi

 

2010; Director

“Forever Yours” – independent Theatrical Production, Sofia, Bulgaria – prod. Contrast Films Ltd, with the financial support of the Cultural Programme of Sofia Municipality


 

2009; Director

“In the Dark”, Theatre of Youth, Subotica, Serbia


 

2008; Director

“The Big Quixotic Jungle”, Sofia Puppet Theate

2007; Director
“Lady Fantasy” in the State Puppet Theatre, Vidin

2006; Director 
“Dreams” in State Puppet Theatre, Vidin

 

2006; Director

“King Marko” in the Theatre of Youth, Kragujevac, Serbia

 

2006; Director

“The Most Beautiful Flower” from Maxim Asenov
in State Puppet Theatre, Vidin

 

2006; Director

“Pinocchio – Forbidden for Children” in Sofia Puppet Theater

 

2005; Director

“Karlsson” based on “Karlsson on the roof” by Astrid Lindgren
in State Puppet Theatre, Vidin

 

2005; Director

“Old Wives’ Tales” in State Puppet Theatre, Vidin

 

 

Professional Experience in Theatre

 

2004; Director

Participation in a professional workshop for puppet directors
“Balkan Legends” in the State Puppet Theatre, Stara Zagora

 

2003; Director

“Charlie”, based on “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” from Roald Dahl,
in State Puppet Theatre, Vidin



 

2002; Director

“The Little Zaches Called Cinnabar”, based on E.T.A. Hoffmann,
in State Puppet Theatre, Plovdiv



 

2000; Director

“The Most Beautiful Flower” from Maxim Asenov in Educational Puppet Theatre, Sofia

 

1998; Director

moving performance “Dead Voices” from Stilian Petrov,
in the Youth House, Pleven


 

1996; Director and Scriptwriter

“The Drug-addict’s Ghost” in Drama Theatre “Ivan Radoev”, Pleven

 

 

Memberships:

 

2007
Member of the Society for the Author Rights “Film Author”

 

2003
Member of the Director’s guild of the Union of Bulgarian Artists


 

2003

Member of the Society for the Author Rights “Theatre Author”