Youriy Datchev was born in 1963 in Shoumen, Bulgaria. He studied at the Theatre and Film Academy in Sofia, where he currently holds a professorship. Datchev has written numerous plays and screenplays, and also works as a journalist. During the last three years he has been the director and presenter of a weekly cultural programme on Bulgarian state television which was awarded several prizes. His plays are currently being performed on several stages in Bulgaria. His dramas have been translated into English, German, French, Russian, Polish, Hungarian, Finnish and Macedonian. Plays (selection): The Dog's Guest House (1996), Yesterday's Kisses (1998), Salon of Tears (2000), Honourable Murders (2004). Youriy Datchev is KulturKontakt Austria's Writer in Residence from August to September 2008.
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