History & Mission

14. 06. 2010. | ABOUT US, History & Mission

Croatian ITI Centre was founded in 1994 as a non-profit professional organisation. Sanja Nikčević was elected as first President at the founding assembly. Since 2001 the head of the Centre is Željka Turčinović. Following several years of activities, the Centre has grown from a small organisation of theatre enthusiasts into a programmer of theatre projects (International Drama Colony, Motovun – From Text to Performance, Croatian Showcase, Foreign Drama and Theatre Days) and promoter of Croatian theatre and drama on the international level. As part of the promotion of theatre and dance, the Centre is the publisher of a series of publications in English (Croatian Theatre, Theatres in Croatia, Shortcut to Croatian Dance).

Members of Centre are also involved in highest executive bodies of iti’s organisation:

Željka Turčinović, International Festival Forum (IFF)

Jasen Boko, president of International Playwrights Forum (IPF)

Želimir Mesarić, Theatre Education and Training Committee (TECOM)

Matko Botić, Young Practitioners’ Committee (YPC)


• Carrying out international cooperation and promotion of Croatian theatre, drama, and dance;
• Translating Croatian playwrights and introducing their texts through public readings;
• Inviting foreign selectors, programmers, directors, translators and theatre professionals to Croatia and enabling them to see the best theatre and dance productions;
• Striving for the visibility of Croatian theatre and playwrights on the European and world theatre map and making them sought after;
• Publishing promotional publications and magazines on Croatian theatre, drama, and dance in world languages;
• Instigating the exchange of writers on the basis of reciprocity (mutual cooperation) so that both theatre milieus present their best writers and pieces;
• Being active, transparent, and of service both internationally and nationally.