TUTA's mission is to excite the American audience with theatre that is both relevant and challenging in both form and/or content. TUTA continually searches for the unique and exceptional in the language of theatre, be it verbal, physical, or visual, to express ideas and expose questions vital to contemporary American society. TUTA is committed to producing theatrical and educational events that bridge all forms of cultural and geographical divides.
TUTA was established in 1995 in Washington, DC by co-founders Zeljko and Natasha Djukic, who brought a unique sense of artistic expression from their European homeland. In 2002, they relocated the company to Chicago. In the ensuing 23 years, TUTA has presented numerous US premieres of foreign plays from France, Russia, Austria, and Serbia. TUTA has produced 7 world premieres, 8 US premieres, 4 Midwest premieres and many modern re-imaginings of classics. In 2012, longtime company member Jacqueline Stone stepped into the role of Artistic Director, and TUTA added productions for youth with the US premiere of The Silent Language. TUTA’s productions have been listed on Chicago critics’ ‘best of the year’ list 8 times in the past 10 years and have been produced nationally (in NYC and LA) and internationally (in Serbia with the National Theatre in Belgrade).
In the 2015 season, TUTA presented the U.S. premiere of MUSIC HALL by French playwright Jean-Luc Lagarce in Chicago, followed by a New York Off-Broadway premiere at 59E59 Theaters. In 2016, TUTA produced a site-specific production and Chicago premiere of Adam Rapp's THE EDGE OF OUR BODIES, followed by a NY Off-Broadway premiere at 59e59 Theaters. The 2017 season produced GENTLE, a world-premiere adaptation of a short story by Dostoyevsky. In 2018, TUTA mounted the US premiere of RADIO CULTURE by Maxim Dosko, resulting in the longest consecutively running production in TUTA's history.