Tuta co-founder Zeljko Djukic wins Fulbright
By Hedy Weiss Theater Criticfirstname.lastname@example.org July 16, 2012 4:56PM
Updated: July 16, 2012 4:56PM
Zeljko Djukic, who in 2001 co-founded TUTA Theatre Chicago and has served as its artistic director ever since, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at the Drama Arts School in Belgrade, Serbia, during the 2012-13 academic year.
Djukic will take on the new title of founding director with TUTA, while Jacqueline Stone, the company’s co-founder and longtime ensemble member, will move into the artistic director position as of Sept. 1.
Djukic, who directed more than 18 productions for TUTA during the past decade, will teach Modern American Drama in Belgrade where, three years ago, he directed Tony Kushner’s “Homebody/Kabul” at the city’s National Theatre — a production still running in repertory there. He will maintain a close association with TUTA, and plans to continue to direct and teach classes in upcoming seasons upon his return to the United States.
Stone, who has appeared in more than 13 TUTA productions (most recently “Fulton Street Sessions,” “Baal” and “The Wedding”), has served as TUTA’s executive director for the past 10 years, and has been heavily involved in the operations of the organization. She also is the co-founder of Sirens, the longest running all-female improv performance group in the country, and with them has created and performed in more than 300 original shows.
She has served as adjunct faculty at both the Second City and Columbia College, and is the education director at Emerald City Theatre Company.
TUTA’s latest production, Harold Pinter’s “The Dumb Waiter,” directed by Djukic, opens Thursday and runs through Aug. 18 at TUTA Studio Theatre, 2010 W. Fulton. Tickets: (800) 838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com.