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Lenka Udovicki

She has directed Shakespeare at home in Croatia as well as internationally. Autumn 2020 Lenka Udovicki gives us her version of Verdi’s Macbeth in Bergen.

Director Lenka Udovicki was educated at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade where she began her career directing theatre across former Yugoslavia. In 1994 she joined among others Vanessa Redgrave as co-founder of the Moving Theatre Company.

She is now artistic director for the Ulysses Theater in Croatia as well as co-founder of the School of Acting and Media at the University of Rijeka, where she teaches acting.

Udovicki has directed a great number of productions for the Ulysses Theater: The first one was Shakespeare’s King Lear, with her husband Rade Šerbedžija in the eponymous role. King Lear is still performed, using a number of locations in Croatia as natural stage scenery. In the 2018 season, Lenka Udovički put on stage Euripides’ The Bacchae with a completely female cast.

Her recent work in the region includes “Henry V” by William Walton with the Zagreb Philharmonic conducted by Sir Neville Marriner – and “Unbreakable String – Workers in Culture” with Natasa Govedic and the garment workers of Kamensko factory.

Notable international work includes: “A Better Place” by Martin Butler for the English National Opera, “The Tempest” at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and “Medea” with Annette Bening for UCLA Live.