Dušan Kovačević (Serbian Cyrillic: Душан Ковачевић; born July 12, 1948 in Mrđenovac near Šabac, Yugoslavia, now Serbia) is a Serbian playwright and director best known for his theater plays and movie scripts. As of 2005 he was appointed as ambassador of Serbia in Lisbon, Portugal.
He graduated from a gymnasium in Novi Sad, and received a bachelor's degree in dramaturgy from the University of Belgrade in 1973. From 1973, he worked as a dramaturge at TV Beograd for five years. Since 1998, he has been the Artistic Director of Zvezdara teatar. In 2003 he directed his first movie, Profesionalac (The Professional).
Kovačević's prolific work is well known and popular in Serbia. His comedies have been translated into 17 languages, but his work didn't become available in English until the mid-1990s. One of his plays, Balkan Spy was being rehearsed in Beijing at the time of Tiananmen Square protests, only to be cancelled by the authorities.
Some of Kovačević's work includes:
Underground, directed by Emir Kusturica, won the Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival. It was Kovačević's adaptation of an earlier play called Proleće u januaru (Spring in January). He has written film adaptations of Marathon Runners (The Marathon Family (1982)), The Gathering Place, Balkan Spy, and The Professional, as well.