Alumna wins 2015 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

Susan Smith Blackburn Prize © 2015
Susan Smith Blackburn Prize © 2015

Alumna Tena Štivičić (MA Writing for Performance, 2004) has won the 2015 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for her play, 3 Winters.

The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize is the oldest and largest prize awarded to women playwrights. Award-winning actress Rebecca Hall presented Tena with an award of $25,000 alongside a signed and numbered print by artist Willem de Kooning.

3 Winters premiered at the National Theatre in 2014. It tells the story of one Croatian family through the generations and during three winters of special significance in Croatian history: 1945, 1990 and 2011.

Tena Štivičić’s plays Can’t Escape Sundays (2000), At Deathbed (1998), The Two of Us (2002), Fragile! (2004), Fireflies (2007), Felix (2008), Invisible (2011) and plays for children Perceval – the Quest for the Grail (2001) and Psssst! (2004) have been produced in a number of European countries and translated and published in ten languages.

She has won numerous awards including the European Authors Award and Innovation Award at Heidelberg Stueckemarkt in Germany 2008 for Fragile!

“After completing a BA in Zagreb in dramaturgy and theatre studies I felt I needed more practical training in playwriting. The MA course at Goldsmiths was exactly what I was looking for. The wonderful, intensive year under the guidance of John Ginman made me a better playwright.”

In 2006, as part of The 50 – a Royal Court Theatre and BBC initiative to mark the 50th anniversary of Royal Court Theatre, she was nominated as one of the 50 most promising young writers in Great Britain. The next year, she wrote a one-act play as part of an omnibus of plays entitled Goldoni Terminus, which premiered at the Venice Biennale.

A feature film adapted from her play Invisible is currently in pre-production.