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Tanja Šljivar (f)
Writer in Residence

Herkunftsland: Bosnien-Herzegowina
KKA-Residency: 2019

Portraitfoto: Tanja Šljivar
Portraitfoto: Tanja Šljivar
©Marija Jankovic
Tanja Šljivar is playwright working across countries (Serbia, Bosnia, Germany) and media (theater, film, literature, performance, radio). In the year 2018 her plays have been staged at Deutsches theater Berlin, Schauspiel Stuttgart, Theater Dortmund, Atelje 212 Belgrade and National theater Užice. She currently works as a director of drama department at the National theater in Belgrade, and still tries to think and work as a freelance author.

- 2007 - 2012 - BA and MA in dramaturgy at Faculty of drama arts, Belgrade, Serbia, receiving a distinction as the highest-ranked student in her generation
- 2013 - 2017 MA Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft at the Institute for Applied Theater Science in Giessen, Germany as DAAD scholarship holder
- playwriting and scriptwriting workshops in Bosnia, Serbia, Italy, Germany and Austria, held by international lecturers (Hristo Boytchev, Marta Messarozs, Mark Ravenhill, Tena Štivičić etc.)
- literary scholarships holder in IHAG, Graz; Museums Quartier 21, Vienna; Prishtina has no river, Prishtina, Reading Balkans, Split

PUBLICATIONS: (selection)
- book of selected plays Tanja Šljivar, Plays, published in Serbo-Croatian and in English, Prva srpska čitaonica, Irig, 2011
- play How much is Pate in European theater today, in the publication of 120 best European plays written from 2010 until 2012, published by the European Theatre Convention
- short story I make mistakes, published in English in the US American literary journal Asymptote
- short play Stillborn, in volume Das Hemd, in Serbo-Croatian and German, Leykam, Graz, 2014
- play Aber die Stadt hat mich geschützt, in Serbo-Croatian and in Catalan, in volume Dramaturgia sobre la crisi 02, Perpetuum, Barcelona, 2015
- play We are the ones our parents warned us about, in Slovak, Divadelni Ustav, Bratislava, 2016

PERFORMED WORKS: (theater, radio, performance and film) (selection)
radio dramatization of Laza Kostic’s Diary (broadcasted on Radio Belgrade in 2009)
How much is Pate – premiere: theater Atelje 212, Belgrade, 2012
Scratching or How my grandmother killed herself, premiere: Bosnian National Theater, Zenica, Bitef theater, Belgrade and Heartefact fund, Belgrade in 2012;
further performances and staged readings in Parobrod, Belgrade(2012); Dubrava theater, Zagreb, Croatia(2013), Stefan Jaracz theater in Olsztyn, Poland(2015); Youth theater, Mrkonjic Grad, Bosnia(2015), Youth center, Kragujevac, Serbia(2016); Experimental theater, Tirana, Albania(2016)
Something sweet, script for the short film, dir. Jelena Gavrilović, premiere and production: Sarajevo Film Festival, 2012
Unlisted- international site-specific performance series developed for off-program of BITEF Festival, Belgrade, 2012
Aber die Stadt hat mich geschützt, premiere: theater Nau Ivanow, Barcelona, Spain 2015; further performances: National theater, Užice, Serbia
Stillborn, premiere: Kurzdramenfestival, Waggonhalle, Marburg, Germany, 2015
We Are The Ones Our Parents Warned Us About, premiere: Bosnian National Theater, Zenica and Chamber Theater 55, Sarajevo, 2016, further performances and staged readings: in Parobrod, Belgrade (2014) and in the frame of Stueckemarkt section of Theater Threffen Festival in Berlin (2017), Schauspiel Stuttgart (2018), further performances: Schauspiel Stuttgart 2018
All adventurous women do , premiere: Deutsches Theater, Berlin(2018), further performances and staged readings: Gavella theater Zagreb (2016)
Regime of Love, premiere: Atelje 212, Belgrade (2018)

Tanja Šljivar won all the most important playwriting prizes in Bosnia and Serbia, most recently Sterija award, for the best contemporary play written in Serbo-Croatian, and MESS Market award for the co-production of her new play in 2017
Tanja Šljivar's plays have been translated, published, read on stage in English, German, Polish, Catalan, Hungarian, Macedonian, Slovakian, Albanian and French

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