Nekrošius was born on November 21, 1952, in the village of Pažobris (District of Raseiniai).  In 1978 he finished theatrical directing studies at the Lunacharsky State Institute for Theatre Arts (course of Andrei Goncharov). In 1978-1979 worked as a director at the Kaunas Drama Theatre, in 1979-1991 – at the Lithuanian State Youth Theatre. In 1993-1997– a director of the Lithuanian International Theatre Festival LIFE. In 1998, in Vilnius Nekrošius founded the theatre studio “Meno Fortas” and is its Artistic Director. Among the features characteristic to his plays are the soothing background music of a repetitive pattern throughout the performance, extensive use of dance and movement and unique props on stage, as well as an employment of natural substances as water, fire, wind, ice and stone. The length of a single performance often exceeds conventional viewing time, since Nekrošius favours complex and challenging pieces to stage, such as the Song of Songs or The Seasons by Kristijonas Donelaitis.

The director has been awarded numerous international prizes in Italy, Poland, Yugoslavia, Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in 1994 he received the International Baltic Assembly Prize for Art and the Europe Theatre Prize for New Realities, in 1997 – the Lithuanian National Prize of Culture and Art, in 1998 – the Cross of Officer of the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas. In 2001, the director received the Cross of Merit from the President of Poland and K. Stanislavski Fund Award for his significant contribution to the development of the art of theatre. In 2003, Nekrošius was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order for Merits to Lithuania, and in 2008 – the National Cultural Progress Award. In 2009 he won the Golden Cross of the Stage for his direction of “The Idiot”.


Recent theatre works

Recent works in Lithuanian National Drama Theatre:

The Divine Comedy 2002; Heaven, 2013