Tina Hoffman

Tina Hoffman

Tina Hofmann

Tina Hoffman

Tina Hofman


Tina was born in Zagreb in 1978. She attended Zagreb Youth Theatre's Drama Studio under Ines Skuflic Horvat ad Vladimir Krusic.  She undertook her professional training at The Desmond Jones School of Mime and Physical Theatre, London  and Rose Bruford College (BA(hons)Theatre Studies), London. She continues her professional development through workshops led by industry professionals such as Comlicite Theatre, Frantic Theatre, John Wright, Antonio Fava, Suyuki Method, etc. Upon completion of her training, Tina largely continued to work in Great Britain.

She started her professional career started as an actress, and played a variety of roles: Ariel in Shakespeare's The Tempest, Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Mrs Cheveley in Wilde's An Ideal Husband, Sarah in Albee's Seascape, Manon in Tremblay's Manon/Sandra, Telephone Girl in Treadwell's Machinal, and many roles in stagings of new writing.

Tina works as a freelance director as well. Her first directing project, Pinter's The Lover played at the festivals across Canada to a great critical and audience acclaim. Her use of stylised movement and masks has become an intrinsic part of Tina's work. As a director she worked on a wide range of projects: touring open-air theatre (Mowglie's Stories, Gulliver's Travels), site-specific promenade Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night's Dream, integrating professional cast with and without disabilities), adaptations of classics (A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, using physical narration and devising), sequels and adaptations of Shakespeare's works, Early Years theatrical experiences, etc.

She co-founded Dreamscape Theatre which became an umbrella for her creative work with Marcus Fernando (her professional and life partner). Dreamscape Theatre is dedicated to touring high quality work: new text, less known texts by famous dramatists and new adaptations. So far they visited Canada, New Zealand, Germany, Croatia and UK.

For the past 10 years Tina collaborated with children's theatre Flying Pizza as an associate director. She directed new adaptations of numerous well known titles: A Christmas Carol, Snowqueen, Pinocchio, Wind in the Willows, Alice in Wonderland, The Hobbit.

She regularly works as a freelance movement director and advisor.

Throughout her professional career Tina continued with the pedagogical work. She worked as a tutor on the Acting Diploma Course at Birkbeck College, London, and as a movement associate at The Acting and Voice Centre, London. Freelance she collaborated with several TIE companies (as a drama tutor for children, youth and adults, working on projects dedicated to learning and behavioural difficulties, supply teaching through drama techniques, etc.). In Croatia she regularly collaborates with Tirena Teatar, Try Theatre and HCDO.

Tina is particularly interested in experimental and exploratory performance work. In 2001 she collaborated with Firak di Bello at Jackson's Lane Theatre in London, observing the movement of London's homeless people. From 2005 to 2009 she worked with some of the most prominent British and Portuguese puppet artists, collaborating on projects which were fusing classical text, live music, shadow theatre techniques and object manipulation (Tempestade, King of the Castle). In 2012 she collaborated with Adrian Howells at the MAC, Birmingham and developed her own one-woman, one-to-one theatre experience piece Talking to Shiran, exploring the intimacy in theatre. From 2013 she collaborates with Marina Petkovic-Liker on the project Away From Terror. Female Gesture In Response To The Crisis.

Tina's last directing project to date was a new adaptation of Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover for Blue Orange Theatre in Birmingham. There she started a new professional collaboration with the Croatian writer and dramaturge Kristina Gavran.

Tina rarely sits still. Most of all she likes to play, thus Story of Sound for Mala Scena seems to be a logical continuation of Tina's journey.