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 decade, TUTA has presented numerous U.S. premieres of foreign plays from France, Russia, Austria, and Serbia. TUTA has produced 6 world premieres, 5 U.S. premieres, 5 Midwest premieres and a number of modern re-imagining of classics (such as The Birds, Uncle Vanya, Romeo and Juliet andThe Dumb Waiter). TUTA's productions have been listed on Chicago critics' 'best of the year' list 7 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 2015-16 season TUTA presented the U.S. premiere of Music Hall by French playwright Jean-Luc Lagarce in both Chicago and Off-Broadway in NYC, and the Midwest premiere of The Edge of Our Bodies by Pulitzer Prize finalist Adam Rapp in their Ravenswood home space. Most recently, TUTA produced the World Premiere of Gentle, adapted and directed by Zeljko Djukic.