Tena Štivičić was born in Zagreb, Croatia. 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 in 2008.
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.
Her play, Invisible which toured the UK in 2011 and 2012, is due to be adapted into a feature film with Good and George Films in 2014. This year will also see the premiere of Tena's play 3 Winters at the National, directed by Howard Davies.