A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Željko Đukić

TUTA Theatre Chicago's Zeljko Djukic Awarded Fulbright Scholar Grant and Names Successor

Zeljko Djukic, who, in 2001, co-founded the TUTA Theatre Chicago as Artistic Director, will now assume the role of Founding Director. He has elected TUTA Ensemble Member Jacqueline Stone to assume the role of Artistic Director starting September 1.

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Djukic received the Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at Drama Arts School in Belgrade, Serbia for the 2012-2013 school year. He will teach Modern American Dance abroad, but will continue to teach classes at TUTA as well.

Jacqueline Stone, formerly the Executive Director, is a co-founder of both TUTA and Sirens, the longest running all-female improv performance group in the country.

TUTA's latest production, The Dumb Waiter, by Harold Pinter and directed by Zeljko Djukic, runs July 19-August 18.


TUTA Theatre

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, in order 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 originally established in Washington D.C. by Zeljko and Natasha Djukic in 1995. Gleaning innovative yet fundamental theatrical principles from their European homeland, this dynamic couple imported a unique sense of artistic expression when they arrived in the US. With three short Brecht plays, The Wedding/The Chalk Cross/The Beggar, as the company's inaugural production, TUTA began the precedent of employing radical stagings of both modern and classical texts. Artistic Director Zeljko Djukic's devotion to the creative process gave the actors and designers the time and space required for the production to flourish. After the critically acclaimed 2002 production of Heiner Muller's Quartet, the Djukics decided to relocate the company to Chicago and introduce TUTA to one of the most important theatre communities in the world.

Upon its Chicago arrival, TUTA began a continuing series of workshops to foster artistic development which yielded a small yet nimble ensemble of artists and designers. This collective captured a renewed physical and emotional imagination which laid the foundation for future productions. The US premiere of Peter Handke's The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other was TUTA's first production in its newly adopted hometown. The wordless, enigmatic text was a perfect vehicle for TUTA to introduce itself to Chicago theatre audiences. It was followed by an adaptation of the popular Lewis Carroll favorite, Alice, which artfully dealt with the complexities of movement, identity, the crisis of language, and the distorted illusions of theatre. Over the next 7 years, TUTA continued with theatrical experimentation but stayed accessible to its growing audience.

Housing a menagerie of international artists, TUTA has gone to great lengths to promote little known European playwrights. A large portion of the company's audience (over 40%) do not speak English as their primary language. By producing the US premiere of 8 different European plays, TUTA is proud to offer this large audience access to cultural events. Showing impressive artistic foresight, TUTA staged two US premieres from the late french playwright Jean-Luc Legarce (Rules for Good Manners in the Modern World and It's Only the End of the World) who is now the 2nd most produced playwright in France. TUTA's entire 2006 season consisted of world premieres by two young, Serbian playwrights. Huddersfield by Ugljesa Sajtinac and Tracks by Milena Markovic were landmark productions for the company. Huddersfield was seen by over 1300 people and Tracks became so popular that it was remounted again the following season.

TUTA has featured a Top 10 Production 4 out of the last 5 years according to local publications and TUTA patrons have been committed to supporting a theatre with a sensibility unlike any other in town. Inside a country reeling from social and economic uncertainty, the artistic community should be called on to serve the community. In these difficult times, TUTA is committed to difficult theatre.


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Allex Mandusich

Andjelko "Big Jake Alex" Mandusich is a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, and was one of the greatest Serbian-American heroes of World War I.

He was born on July 13th, 1887 at Sar Planina, Serbia. In 1905, at the age of 18, he immigrated to America.

When the US entered World War I, Mandusich immediately enrolled himself in the Army. During the battle in Amiens region in France in August of 1918, Jake, now a corporal, advanced his men at Chipilly Ridge; there were many casualties and in the heat of the battle Alex realized that all officers had been hit and that he was now the leader of his platoon. His men were pinned down by machine gunfire from a German nest thirty yards away. Under intense fire Manudsich made his way to the nest alone; he pulled out his bayonet and attacked..

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All Roads Lead to Jackson

Serbian American Contributions in Amador County, California, since the Gold Rush
Milina Jovanović offers a unique compilation of individual and family immigration stories that include enormous contributions to the development of California and significant community involvement. In this version of people’s history she chronicles how Serbian Americans have strengthened community, region, state, and country through the endeavors and struggles of 150 years. This book also focuses on women’s contributions that are too often overlooked. Ms. Jovanović’s study reveals that Jackson not only remains an original and symbolic home to Serbian Americans and Serbian Orthodox religion, but also an oasis where the Serbian community has preserved its positive reputation and social influence.

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