I am a dramaturg and academic with a research interest in modes of theatrical authorship including writing, directing and devising as well as theatre criticism in the digital age.
On finishing high school in the early 1990s, I left a country called Yugoslavia and arrived in Yorkshire. I studied at the Universities of Huddersfield and Hull, and acquired additional training at the National Student Drama Festival and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
I have designed and delivered courses in dramaturgy, writing and theatre-making at the universities of Hull, Newcastle, Warwick, Bristol and Kent and have given talks and workshops at, among others, Bretton Hall - University of Leeds, Davidson College North Carolina, Moscow Art Theatre School, National University of Singapore and Goldsmiths College. I have worked as the company dramaturg at Northern Stage in Newcastle, and as an education programme manager and practitioner at the RSC. As a freelance dramaturg I have been employed by New Writing North, West Yorkshire Playhouse, DanceCity, Circomedia, Accidental Collective and the Almeida Theatre.
I was a recipient of the David Bradby Research TaPRA Prize in 2015 and the Sunday Times Harold Hobson Student Drama Critic Award in 1998. I was also nominated for the Allen Wright Award for Arts Criticism in 2002.
For 13 years I was a member of the Stage Newspaper’s Edinburgh reviewing team and the Edinburgh Acting Excellence Awards judging panel. I have also read for the Bruntwood Playwriting Prize in 2015 and was a member of the judging panel for the John Whiting Award in 2010.
I have served as a peer reviewer for the AHRC, British Academy, Routledge, Palgrave, Methuen, Intellect, and have held editorial roles for the Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance and Contemporary Theatre Review. I have held external examining positions and participated in course validation procedures at several higher education institutions in the UK. Additionally, I have served on the Board of Trustees for Circomedia and the Executive Committee of the Dramaturgs’ Network.
My work has been funded by the Arts Council and the AHRC.
Memberships include Dramaturgs’ Network, Society of Authors, International Association of Theatre Critics and Higher Education Academy.
I have supervised PhD theses on the subjects of stand up comedy and punk, Martin McDonagh, psychic distress in contemporary British theatre, applied theatre in the Balkans and theatre for babies. I welcome proposals in any aspect of contemporary British and European theatre and performance, theatre criticism and festival culture.
2016. Theatre Criticism: Changing Landscapes, edited by Duška Radosavljević (London: Methuen Bloomsbury).
2016. 'Reversing the Process: Investigating Multi-Disciplinary Compositional Practices in The Fall of Icarus ', (co-authored with George Rodosthenous), Theatre Topics, 26: 1 (March), pp. 105-116.
2015. 'Kneehigh Theatre'. In British Theatre Companies: From Fringe to Mainstream, edited by Liz Tomlin (London: Methuen Bloomsbury), pp. 155-78.
2014. 'Theatre as an Intellectual Concertina: Interview with Simon Stephens' in Theatre and Adaptation: Return, Rewrite, Repeat, edited by Margherita Laera (London: Methuen Bloomsbury), pp. 255-68.
2014. The Place of a Dramaturg in 21st Century England' in Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy, edited by Magda Romanska (London, New York: Routledge), pp. 40-44.
2014. 'Towards Performed Dramaturgy' in New Dramaturgy: International Perspectives, edited by Katalin Trencsenyi and Bernadette Cochrane (London: Methuen Bloomsbury), pp. 68-79.
2013. Theatre-Making: Interplay Between Text and Performance in the 21st Century (Basingstoke: Palgrave).
2013. The Contemporary Ensemble: Interviews with Theatre-Makers, edited by Duška Radosavljević (London: Routledge).
2012. 'Shared Utopias? Alan Lyddiard, Lev Dodin and the Northern Stage Ensemble’ in Russians in Britain: British Theatre and the Russian Tradition of Actor Training, edited by Jonathan Pitches (London: Routledge), pp. 139-66.
2012. ‘Sarah Kane's Illyria as the land of violent love: a Balkan reading of Blasted’, Contemporary Theatre Review – themed issue ‘South’, Vol. 22 (4), 2012, pp. 499-511.
My practice as a dramaturg is wide-ranging and has included aspects of authorship, consultancy, curation, translation, advocacy, mentoring and, chiefly, collaboration.
Notable recent credits include:
2015. Dramaturg. Oresteia, Almeida/West End, London (Author / Director: Robert Icke)
2015. Writer. (un)decorated, Serbian City Club, London (Director: Maja Milatovic-Ovadia)
2012. Dramaturg. EveryONE is Looking for SomeONE (Accidental Collective)
2011. Dramaturg, Imagining O, University of Kent (Director: Richard Schechner)
In 2014 I set up The Mums and Babies Ensemble with Annie Rigby, Lena Simić and our respective babies, in collaboration with London Bubble. A public engagement project funded by the AHRC, The Mums and Babies Ensemble was a performance/script development process involving multiple audiences as co-authors at GIFT Festival Gateshead, Fun Palaces / Lyric Hammersmith and SPRINT at Camden People’s Theatre. The resulting script was published by The Institute of the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home.
Other recent public engagement activities I initiated include:
Theatre, Interactivity, Democracy Symposium at Unicorn Theatre, 22 April 2015 (delivered with Pablo Pakula)
Friday Salon – Lifting the Curtain: On Audience and Authorship at the ICA, 25 October 2015 (delivered with Accidental Collective and Chris Johnston/Argument Room)
Symposium on Eastern European Hamlets at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, 30 January 2013 (with Alexandra Portmann)
I write regularly for The Stage and Exeunt on topics including children’s theatre, dramaturgy and European theatre.
Other non-academic publications in recent years include:
2015. ‘1984- Getting to the Heart of the Text’ - Headlong Theatre website
2015. ‘Theatre-Making: The End of Directing as We Know It’. In: Popovici, Iulia, ed. The End of Directing: The Beginning of Theatre-Making and Devising in European Theatre. Tact Editura/ Sibiu Festival.
2015. ‘On the Virtues of “Open Source” Innovation in the Arts’. In: Svich, Caridad, ed. Innovation in Five Acts, TCG, pp. 35-37.
I collaborated with the West Yorkshire Playhouse on the first professional production of a Serbian play in the UK - Huddersfield by Uglješa Šajtinac, adapted by Chris Thorpe, directed by Alex Chisholm and published by Oberon Books in 2004.
Other published translations include:
2017. The Deceased by Branislav Nušić, in Selected Serbian Plays, New Avenue Books.
2000. The Propsmaster by Uglješa Šajtinac in Three Contemporary European Plays, Alumnus.
Nothing to declare.