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Tena Štivičić (1977, Zagreb, Croatia) is a playwright, screenwriter and columnist. She writes in English and Croatian.

Tena Štivičić's plays have been performed across the world and translated and published in various languages. They have won numerous awards including the European Authors Award and the Innovation Award at Heidelberg Stueckemarkt for Fragile!, as well as the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize in 2015 for Three Winters, which was first performed to great international acclaim at the National Theatre in London in 2014. Three Winters has since been performed across the world, most recently opening to great reviews at the Burghtheater in Vienna.

Tena is is currently under commission by the Berliner Ensemble for a new play, has feature films in development with Screen Scotland and with Antitalent Productions in Croatia, and a TV project with Adrenalin Productions in Serbia.



A portrait of an eclectic family, held together by the courage to survive. In an ivy-clad house in Zagreb, Croatia, the Kos family argue and fall in and out of love as world after world is erected and then torn down around them.

From the remnants of monarchy, through Communism, then democracy, war, and eventual acceptance into a wider Europe, four generations of Kos women - each one more independent than the last - have to adapt to survive. The one constant is the house: built by aristocrats, partitioned, nationalised, it stands witness to the passing generations.

But when the family assemble for Lucija's wedding, Alisa learns that her nouveau-riche brother-in-law has bought the family home for himself and the other tenants have to move out. For the bride this is progress, for her sister it's a shady act of greed. For their principled parents, finally, it's one battle too many.

Three Winters premiered at the National Theatre in London, in November 2014. It was awarded the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize in 2015, given annually to the best new English-language play by a female playwright.

Tena Štivičić - Three Winters