Tena Stivicic

Writer for film and theatre

Theatre, Film & TV
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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.


3 Winters 2014
National Theatre
Director Howard Davies
Writer Tena Stivicic
Starring 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.

Invisible 2010
New Wolsey Theatre
Producer Transport Theatre
Director Douglas Rintoul
Writer Tena Stivicic

A new collaborative project for Transport Theatre

Seven Days in Zagreb 2009

Writer Tena Stivicic

Original full-length play, part of the Orient Express, a European Theatre Convention project on tour throughout Europe

Fireflies 2008
National Theatre Studio
Writer Tena Stivicic

Original full length play for the National Theatre Studio

Fragile! 2005
Arcola Theatre
Producer Cherub Company London
Writer Tena Stivicic

A darkly humorous play about the people behind the tabloid stories of migrant workers and sex-trafficking. Tena's first play in English.

Fireflies 1 x 45' Sep 2009
BBC Radio 4
Director Peter Kavanagh
Writer Tena Stivicic
Starring Helena Breck, Annabelle Dowler, James Fleet, David Hargreaves & Lizzy Watts

Six people are stranded in an airport by bad weather all they can do is wait for it to clear

Fragile! 1 x 60' 2008
Unique Productions for BBC Radio 4
Producer Frank Stilling
Writer Tena Stivicic
Starring Catherine Cusack, Luane Gordon, Douglas Henshall, Rayisa Kondraki & Serge Soric

Tena adapted her play Fragile for BBC Radio 4's Friday play slot

Invisible Feature
Jan 2012 to present
Good Films
Producer Miriam Segal
Director Everado Gout
Writer Tena Stivicic

A feature film adaptation of Tena's play Invisible.