Neno Pervan was born and raised in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (then Yugoslavia). In 1990, he earned his BFA in Acting from the Academy of Arts, Novi Sad, Yugoslavia. In 1993, following the violent breakup of his country, he moved to the United States, where in 1997 he earned an MFA in Performance from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. That same year, he moved to Los Angeles, California. Following that, Neno started an ad-hoc theatre company, Il Dolce Theatre, which successfully produced several plays by Southeastern European playwrights in various theatres in Los Angeles.
As an actor, Neno was honored to collaborate with Oscar winning director Mr. William Friedkin on three different occasions. He also worked with great theatre directors and teachers Liviu Ciulei and Kathalin Lanban, and Nobel Prize winning poet and playwright, professor Wole Soyinka. Neno appeared in several motion pictures nationally and internationally. He was honored to share the big screen with many great actors, including Academy Award winners Benicio Del Toro, and Tommy Lee Jones. He also appeared on American and European stages in numerous theatre productions, ranging from classics like Shakespeare, Chekhov, Gogol, and Ionesco to contemporaries like Frish, Carver, Ludwig, and Mastrosimone.
Presently, Neno teaches acting, and voice and movement at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, acting for the camera, and beginning acting at Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, California, and Commedia Del Arte technique at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, West Hollywood. He also directs, acts, and writes for theatre, film, TV, and the new media. His directing credits include titles like Genet’s The Balcony, Miller’s The Crucible, Ionesco’s Macbett, Dietz’s Dracula, Agatha Christie’s The Hollow, Mastosimone’s Extremities, Mrozek’s The Immigrants, Ibsen’s Ghosts, and Zadravec’s Honey Brown Eyes, as well as devised theatre pieces dedicated to social justice like Stages of AIDS and What We Feel About Gun Violence.
For his work as fight choreographer on Philip Ridley’s Tender Napalm, Neno won 2013 LA Weekly Theatre Award. Neno wrote several pieces for theatre, film, and TV, some of which were successfully produced in Europe, and the United States. Neno Pervan resides in Santa Monica, California with his wife of twenty plus years Milena, 18-years old son Andrej, and 5-years old daughter Mia.