There are 13 active professional theatres in Macedonia. In the 1993/94 season they held 1,596 performances, attended by more than 330,000 people.
"The Macedonian National Theatre in Skopje today (left)
and back as it was before 1963"
The Macedonian National Theatre (Drama, Opera and Ballet companies), the Drama Theatre, the Theatre of the Nationalities (Albanian and Turkish Drama companies) and the other theatre companies comprise about 870 professional actors, singers, ballet dancers, directors, playwrights, set and costume designers, etc. There is also a professional theatre for children and three amateur theatres.
For over thirty years now a traditional festival of Macedonian professional theatres has been taking place in Prilep in honor of Vojdan Cernodrinski, the founder of the modern Macedonian theatre. Each year a festival of amateur and experimental Macedonian theatre companies is held in Kočani.