Sanja Mitrovic is a theatre maker, performer, lecturer, and the artistic director of Stand Up Tall Productions which she founded in 2009. She was born in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and emigrated to the Netherlands in 2001. Over the last decade Mitrovic’s work has gained international recognition for an exploration of theatre’s relation to the social, political and cultural realities of our times. Her practice is located at the intersection of theatre, visual art, dance, and performance, and often involves work with different communities.
Her production Will You Ever Be Happy Again? (2008), which premiered at the BITEF Festival in Belgrade, was awarded the BNG Nieuwe Theatermakers Prijs in 2010 for best young director and was nominated for the Prix Jardin d’Europe. In recent years her works have been commissioned, produced and presented in- ternationally, by theatres and festivals including Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Schaubühne (Berlin), Théâtre de la Bastille (Paris), Centre Dramatique National La Comédie de Reims and Festival Scenes d’Europe (Reims), Züricher Theater Spektakel (Zürich), Theaterfestival Basel (Basel), Huis aan de Werf, Festival aan de Werf and SPRING Festival (Utrecht), European Capital of Culture 2012 (Guimarães, PT), Beursschouwbourg (Brussels), Tanzquartier Wien (Vienna), and Teatro Nacional São João (Porto). They include A Short History of Crying (2010), accompanied by a comprehensive publication released in 2011, Crash Course Chit Chat (2012), SPEAK! (2013), Do You Still Love Me? (2015), and I Am Not Ashamed of My Communist Past (2016) and My Revolution Is Better Than Yours (2018). Sanja is currently working on a new project, Demeter Calling, which will premiere in 2021.
Over the course of her career Mitrovic has collaborated with and appeared in works by, among others, Milo Rau / International Institute for Political Murder, Phil Collins, Nicole Beutler, and Montažstroj.
Since 2013 Mitrovic lives in Brussels where she teaches drama and documentary theatre at the Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema and Sound. Between 2017 and 2019 Mitrovic is Artist in Residence at the Centre Dramatique National in Orléans, France.