Lenka Udovicki

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Lenka Udovički
Born (1967-02-11) February 11, 1967 (age 52)
  • director
  • activist

Lenka Udovicki (born February 11, 1967) is a theater director, opera director and activist based in Croatia. She is the Artistic Director of Ulysses Theater and co-founder of the School of Acting and Media at the University of Rijeka. She is married to Rade Serbedzija.

Education and early life[edit]

She was educated at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade where she began her career directing theatre across former Yugoslavia. ("Women in Colorful Skirts" by M. Bjelić, "Praying for a Little Luck" by S. Andjelić and L. Udovički, "Chamber Music" by Arthur Kopita, "Deadly Motorism" by A. Popović, "Opera for Two Dinars" by B. Nušić, her own adaptation, "Mother Courage" by B. Brecht adapted by Borislav Vujčić, "Antigone" by Dušan Jovanović).

Moving Theatre Company[edit]

In 1994 she joined Vanessa Redgrave, Corin Redgrave, Kiki Markham and Ekkehart Schall as co-founder of the Moving Theatre Company. For the Moving Theatre directed "Waterfall" by V. Stevanović, "Arsonists" by Max Frisch with Frances de la Tour (Riverside Studio), "The Consul" by Menotti (Leighton House), "Necessary Targets" by Eve Ensler.

Ulysses Theatre[edit]

For Ulysses Theatre directed a number of performances in the past 15 years, and in 2012 became the artistic director of the Ulysses Theatre.[1] Notable Brijuni projects are the theatrical blockbuster King Lear, Medea, Marat/Sade, Core Sample, Hamlet, Drunken Night 1918, Romeo and Juliet in '68, The Tempest, Cabaret Brecht – Rise of Arturo Ui, Deceased, Shakespeare in the Kremlin and Antigone – 2000 years later.

Other notable works[edit]

She directed “History’s Rhyme” for English National Opera Studio in London's Limelight club and “The Tempest" by William Shakespeare in Shakespeare's Globe Theatre with Vanessa Redgrave,[2] and the premiere of the opera “A Better Place” by Martin Butler for the English National Opera. For Opera Circus she directed the premiere of the sevdah opera “Differences in Demolition” by Nigel Osborne and "Shoreline...Story of Love and War"[3] (in co-production with the Scottish Ballet and the Hebrides Ensemble).

For the UCLA Live festival in 2009 she directed Euripides' Medea[4] with Annette Bening in the title role.[5]

In 2013 she directed a multimedia project "Henry V" by William Walton with the Zagreb Philharmonic conducted by Sir Neville Marriner in the Vatroslav Lisinski concert hall in Zagreb.

Academic career[edit]

Worked a visiting professor at the California Institute of the Arts and UCLA in Los Angeles. In 2011, co-operating with Nataša Govedić, she directed the performance of "Unbreakable String – Workers in Culture" for workers in textile industry, supporting former workers of Kamensko factory, who themselves also participated in the performance.

In 2012, together with Rade Serbedzija, she founded the School of Acting and Media at the University of Rijeka, where she teaches acting.

Recent activity[edit]

In 2017, she has signed the Declaration on the Common Language of the Croats, Serbs, Bosniaks and Montenegrins.[6]


  1. ^ "Artistic director". www.ulysses.hr.
  2. ^ "The Tempest / Shakespeare's Globe". www.shakespearesglobe.com.
  3. ^ "Linn Records - Hebrides Ensemble". www.linnrecords.com.
  4. ^ "Curtain Up: Love Gone Really Wrong - UCLA Magazine".
  5. ^ "Lenka Udovicki Steers Medea for UCLA Live ‹ @ This Stage". thisstage.la.
  6. ^ Derk, Denis (March 28, 2017). "Donosi se Deklaracija o zajedničkom jeziku Hrvata, Srba, Bošnjaka i Crnogoraca" [A Declaration on the Common Language of Croats, Serbs, Bosniaks and Montenegrins is About to Appear] (in Serbo-Croatian). Zagreb: Večernji list. pp. 6–7. ISSN 0350-5006. Archived from the original on May 23, 2017. Retrieved June 5, 2017.