Dramatist and playwright Goran Stefanovski was born in Macedonia, then in Yugoslavia. He worked there as one of its most prominent theatre professionals until the late 90s, when he moved to England. Stefanovski has written extensively for the stage, TV and cinema. His plays and essays have had numerous productions, translations and publications.
During the 90s his works became engaged with the social and political problems in Ex-Yugoslavia and their repercussion in Europe. He wrote scripts for a number of European productions, dealing with issues of migration, post-communist transition and identity. Among them was Hotel Europa (2000), a major project produced by Intercult, Stockholm.
Stefanovski has contributed papers to European conferences of IETM, Culture Action Europe, ResArtis, European Cultural Foundation and others.
Stefanovski is also a teacher of scriptwriting. In 1986 he founded the playwriting department at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Skopje where he was a full professor until 1998. In 1990 he spent six months as Outstanding Artist Fulbright Scholar at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA. Between 1998 and 2000 he was a visiting professor at the Dramatic Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, where his A Little Book of Traps, (a scriptwriting tool) was published in 2002. It has been translated and published in five languages, including Chinese.
In 2007 Stefanovski was awarded the Vilenica International Literary Prize, presented to an author from Central Europe for outstanding achievement in the field of literary creativity and essay writing. In 2009 he received the Golden Award for lifetime achievement in playwriting by the International Theatre Festival Sterijino Pozorje in Novi Sad, Serbia.
He is now a free-lance writer and a senior lecturer at the Canterbury Christ Church University. He also teaches on the graduate programme of the Faculty of Dramatic art in Skopje, Macedonia.