Kaca Celan
Since 2009

Kaca Celan is an award-winning writer and theater director from the former Yugoslavia and Germany.

She holds a degree in comparative literature, theater studies, and acting from the University of Philosophy in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

Her awards include: Best Young Actress in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1983), the Yugoslavian Award for Avant-Garde Arts in Zagreb (1983), Best Director Award at the Avant-Garde Theater Festival in Montenegro (1985), the Dramatist Award from the Theatergemeinde Deutschland for Best German-language Play for her play "Heimatbuch" (1995), the International Literature Award for Poetry - Kristal Vilenice (1996) and the Artist Award of the Cultural Minister of North-Rhine-Westphalia in the field Theater Literature (1997).

Already in Sarajevo she founded the theater Teatar Amfiteatar Sarajevo (TAS) and has continued its tradition in Germany (Theater TAS in Exile, later Theater TAS at Burgau Castle, 1993-2006), as well as in New York (since 2007).

Celan has also worked as an academic founding her acting and theater schools both in Sarajevo and Germany (Celan Theater School at Burgau Castle, 1999) and working as a directing professor at the Academy for Scenic Arts in Sarajevo.

She has been the production director of the International Theater Festival in Kotor (Montenegro) and has worked as a writer and director in Slovenia.

She held fellowships in Moscow (1988) and Vienna (1990) as a theater academic and as a writer was fellow of the German cultural department and the Heinrich-Böll Foundation (1993).

Celan’s plays have been performed on the German radio and in theaters. In addition to her own plays, such as "The Last Story", "Woyzeck Von Sarajevo" and "Struwwelpit & Co.", she has directed 26 plays by classical authors, including Chekhov, Shakespeare, Albee, Kafka, Sophocles, and Beckett, as productions of Theater TAS. She was also the director of "Hackefey" (Theater Düren), "The Evenings" by Gerard Reve and her play "Chekhov" (both at the WLT, State Theater of North Rhine-Westpahlia, Germany).

Since August 2007, Celan has been living and working in New York City where she has reestablished Theater TAS. She is a member of PEN American Center.