The International Drama Colony is considered among one of the most attractive programmes of the Croatian Centre ITI. It was launched in 1999 with the ambition of exploring and promoting foreign and domestic plays through staged readings. The Croatian team presents young and unknown playwrights, offering them an opportunity for staging their plays with professional actors and directors, which should enable possible further official productions of their plays. The staged readings are all the more intriguing and attractive being set in the becoming milieu and environment of the medieval Istrian town of Grožnjan. The “shows” are performed without any settings or costumes, while the actors read from the scripts. Till now our guests have been Czech Republic, USA, Slovenia, Slovakia, Mexico, Hungary, Finland, Iceland, Turkey, Italy, Switzeland, Belgian, Israel, Chile, India, Sweden.
The basis of such cooperation of Croatia with other countries is that of reciprocity. Therefore, thanks to this Colony, our contemporary playwrights and their works have already been presented in the USA and Greece (Miro Gavran), in the Czech Republic (Lada Kaštelan), in India and Chile (Filip Šovagović), Slovakia (Tena Štivičić), Chile and Mexico (Elvis Bošnjak), Chile (Ivan Vidić, Dubravko Mihanović, Ivana Sajko) and Russia (Mate Matišić).
The Colony also operates as an essentially valuable and constructive programme through which the Croatian Centre ITI materializes its agenda in cooperation with other national ITI centres as well as with the Zagreb Academy of Dramatic Art and Arts Academies from Osijek and Split. The accomplished interaction between Croatian and foreign playwrights and directors in the Colony helps build bridges of theatrical cooperation and partnership.