Kitan Petkovski is a director, dramaturg and co-founder of Bullet Heart Club with collaborator Ro Bright. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Auckland, a Master’s in Directing for Performance from the Victorian College of the Arts and is a Director’s Lab alumni (Melbourne Festival). He is a recipient of the Melbourne Global Scholars Award and Cybec Foundation scholarship. Kitan is currently an Associate Artist at Theatre Works (Melbourne).
Kitan's practice focuses on developing new work through hybrid performance-making methodologies that amalgamate storytelling with live music, physicality and film. His work explores real-life experiences that give voice to the marginalised as a method of constructing nuanced and inclusive narratives. His mentors include Cora Bissett at the National Theatre of Scotland and Neil Armfield AO at Belvoir St Theatre.
Since 2015, Kitan has been the creative director for the Scotsman Fringe First Award winning show Daffodils by Ro Bright. Kitan’s directing credits include; Elizabeth featuring singer/songwriter Lisa Crawley (Nominated for Best Cabaret, Melbourne Fringe 2017), Freefall co-directed with Milly Cooper (2018), the development season of LuNa by Keziah Warner (Winner of the Sydney Theatre Company Patrick White Playwright’s Award 2019) and A Strange Nostalgia featuring Lheon.
With the support from the Australia Council for the Arts, Theatre Works and Midsumma Festival, in 2021 Kitan will direct the Australasian Premiere of The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven by Jo Clifford, starring Kristen Smyth. He will also direct the world premiere of The Hall by Ro Bright, as part of the Festival of Colour 2021.
Works in development include100 Beds commissioned by the City of Port Phillip, No Ball Games Allowed by Kristen Smyth and various gig-theatre projects with BHC, supported by Creative New Zealand.
Photo credit: Lachlan Woods