TEA ALAGIĆ is an internationally-acclaimed, multilingual Croatian-American director. Based in NYC, her credits include off-Broadway, regional and international productions of both traditional theater and devised work. She holds a BFA in acting from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, and an MFA in directing from the Yale School of Drama, where she received the Julian Milton Kaufman Prize in Directing. Tea is presently the head of the MFA and BFA directing department at The New School for Drama in NYC.
Tea directed the world premiere of Tarell McCraney’s The Brothers Size at The Public Theater, NYC, and later productions in The Studio Theater Washington DC, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Old Globe San Diego, and The Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Other selected credits: North American premiere of Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek’s Jackie starring Tina Benko at NY City Center (multiple Lortel Award nominations); Charise Smith’s Washeteria at Soho Rep; Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet starring Elizabeth Olsen and Julian Cihi at CSC Rep; The broadway-bound revival of Passing Strange by Stew and Heidi Rodewald at The Wilma Theater produced by John Hart and Evamere Entertainment; Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s Lidless at Page 73; and productions of a wide repertory of plays and musicals at Wilma Theatre/Philadelphia, Goodman/Chicago, National Theatre/London, Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Kitchen, The Carlotta Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, La Mama ETC, Asolo Rep, Hispanic Cultural Center/Albuquerque, ZKM/Croatia, 4+4 Festival/Prague, BAC/London.
Tea was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina. After fleeing in 1992, she made her way to NYC by way of Germany, Czech Republic, England and Canada. Along the journey, she continued to develop her talents as a pianist, dancer, circus performer, actor, director and taco chef. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, photographer Slaven Vlasic, and their son, Sebastian.