Part-Time Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award Fall 2014
Nenad "Neno" Pervan was born and raised in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He earned his BFA in Acting from the Academy of Arts, Yugoslavia. In 1997 he graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with an MFA in Performance. He has been teaching at LMU since 2007. Classes taught include Theatre History, Beginning Acting, Scene Study, Advanced Acting, and Voice and Movement. Neno also directed several shows at LMU, including Genet's The Balcony, Miller's The Crucible, Mastosimone's Extremities, Zadravec's Honey Brown Eyes, and Stages of AIDS. Neno collaborated with LMU faculty, staff, students, and guest artists on social justice themed projects such as Revolutions of the Heart, Shinsai Theatres for Japan, From Sarajevo With Love, "8", Trial by Fire, Artists Speak, The Trial of God, and Samarkand.
In the words of one reviewer, "Neno is a successful teacher whose knowledge, passion, dedication and skill engages the students and not only educates but inspires them." Neno holds students to high intellectual and professional standards. He selects course material and creates interactions that inspire students to embrace a spirit of openness and to cross societal barriers. Neno "embodies the mission" of LMU by educating the whole person, in mind, emotion and body.