Lena Simic, performance practitioner, born in Dubrovnik, Croatia, living in Liverpool, UK. Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies at Liverpool Hope University. Lena is interested in generating interventionist feminist arts practice which is informed by its relation to everyday lived experience.
Co-organizer of The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home, an art activist initiative run from a spare bedroom of her council house together with Gary Anderson and three children Neal, Gabriel and Sid. The Institute has hosted a number of artist residencies and performance events since 2007, including Miss Julie in Utopia (2008), Macbethmachine (2010), Reverend Billy & family (2011), Townley & Bradby (2011), and ongoing Liverpool based Politics and Aesthetics Reading Group meetings.
Lena’s recent solo and collaborative performances include Betting on Being British (Lantern Theatre 2011), Blood & Soil: we were always meant to meet… (WECC 2011), mother & son: ‘that just sounds really sad’ (25 SG 2011), Masha Serghyeevna (the Bluecoat 2009), Sid Jonah Anderson by Lena Simic (MAP Live, Carlisle, 2008), Joan Trial (Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster, 2005) and Medea/Mothers’ Clothes (Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool, 2004).
Lena is a founder member of Factory Floor, creative network for women performers and writers. She is also involved in MaMSIE (Mapping Maternal Subjectivities Identities Ethics) interdisciplinary research network, Migrant Artists Mutual Aid network and Performance and the Body Working Group at TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association).
Recent artist publications include Maternal Matters and Other Sisters Artist Catalogue (2009) and Blood & Soil: we were always meant to meet… performance document, with Jennifer Verson (2011).