Writer for Film and Theatre

Tena Štivičić is a Croatian born writer who was awarded the Susan Blackburn-Smith Prize for her most recent play 3 Winters, which opened at the National Theatre to 5 star reviews. She also writes for both TV and Film and has projects in development with New Pictures and Origin Pictures.

Her first English language work, Fragile, played at the Arcola Theatre and was adapted for BBC Radio 4. It won numerous awards, including best European Play and Innovations Award at Heidelberg Stuckemarkt in Germany.

Off the back of this, Tena was nominated as one of the 50 most promising young writers in Great Britain on an initiative launched by the Royal Court Theatre and the BBC. She went on to develop Fireflies at the National Theatre Studio which premiered at the ZKM Theatre in Zagreb.

Tena she has taken part in several multi-national, multi-authored projects for the likes of the Venice Biennale. Last year she co-wrote Europa, with Steve Waters, Malgorzata Sikorska Miszczuk and Lutz Huebner which was produced by the Birmingham REP, ZKM, Teatr Polski and Dresden Staatstheater.

Tena is currently under commission at the National, and is also adapting her play Invisible into feature film for Miriam Segal's Good Films.




Director Howard Davies
  • Lucy Black
  • Siobahn Finnerman
  • Susan Engel
  • Jo Herbert
  • From the remnants of monarchy to Communism, democracy, war and the EU: Croatia 1945–2011. The Kos family argue, adapt, fall in and out of love.
    National Theatre
    Producer Transport Theatre
    Director Douglas Rintoul
    A new collaborative project for Transport Theatre
    New Wolsey Theatre
    Producer Orient Express, a European Theatre Convention project

    Original full-length play

    European Tour

    Original full length play written for the National Theatre Studio.

    ZKM Theatre
    Producer Cherub Company London
    A darkly humorous play about the people behind the tabloid stories of migrant workers and sex-trafficking. Tena's first play in English.
    Arcola Theatre
    Producer ZKM Theatre
    ZKM Theatre



    1 x 60'
    Producer Frank Stilling
  • Catherine Cusack
  • Luane Gordon
  • Douglas Henshall
  • Rayisa Kondraki
  • Tena adapted her play Fragile for BBC Radio 4's Friday play slot
    Production Company Unique Productions
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4



    Producer Miriam Segal
    Director Everado Gout
    A feature film adaptation of Tena's play Invisible.
    Good Films