Aleksa Okanovic was born in Belgrade, but grew up in Denmark, where he graduated from The Danish National School of Playwriting in 2003. He has also studied philosophy in the university and directing and screenwriting at the film-school in Prague. Already at the age of 12 Okanovic had three children’s books published, and in 2006 he received a Reumert Award for his plays Restaurant d’Amour and Diamond/Dust/Shoes, the last mentioned was staged at the Schaubühne, Berlin, at F.I.N.D. 7. In 2010 he received a residency at The Royal Court Theatre in London and in 2011 he once again had a play, Confessions, staged on Schaubühne during F.I.N.D. 11. As a playwright Okanovic is known for his dark humour and edgy, often violent style. In recent years his plays have become more political.