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ŽELJKO VUKMIRICA (Zhae-lko Vook-mee-ree-tzaa)

Željko Vukmirica was born in Zagreb in 1953. In 1976 he graduated from the Academy of Theatre, Film, Radio and Television under the mentorship of prof. Hajdarhođić. He was the member of ITD theatre and co-founder of theatre workshop Pozdravi (Greetings), which had an international reputation in the 1970’s. Three years later he became a professor of acting for the first generation students at the actor’s studio of Croatian National Theater in Split.

His solo career started with a show The History of My Stupidity, which was between 1979 and 1989 performed almost 1000 times. In 1984, he became a member of Dramatic Theatre Gavella. In order to improve his acting technique, he spent a year in Paris at the Academy of Theatre Arts under the mentorship of Mario Gonzalles. Soon after, he met the writer Dinko Sambak, who created the core of Croatian intellectual circle in Paris. Upon his return home, in search for a ‘new opera’, he co-founded the actors laboratory with Srdjan Sorić and the actors laboratory premiered its first performance entitled Gluhlampe. Together with Ruić, he was an assistant director on the film Nausikaja, which was nominated for Oscar in 1996.

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Lent 2010