SIMONA SEMENIČ (1975) is a playwright, author, performer, and teacher. She graduated from the
Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film, and Television (AGRFT) in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Simona is a recipient of the Prešeren Fund Award, the highest national award for artistic creation.
She is a three-time winner of the Grum Prize, the national Best Play award. She was awarded for
plays 5boys.si (2009), 24hrs (2010) and Seven Cooks, Four Soldiers and Three Sophias (2015) and
was nominated for 1981 (2014), This Apple, Made of Gold (2017), You are the Miracle (2020), and
Beautiful Vidas Burn Beautifully (2021). In 2020 Simona won the best novel award Modra Ptica and
in 2021 award Zlata hruška for Secret Society KRVZ.
Her plays were translated into twenty-two languages and staged and published in several countries
in Europe, the USA, South America, and the Middle East. Other plays include You Didn’t Forget You
Just Don’t Remember Anymore, The Feast, Blame It All on Donnie Darko, Sophia, We, the European
Corpses, The Last Love Letter, Rowan, Strudel, Dance, and More, and That's Not It. Productions of
her plays won numerous awards in Slovenia and abroad.
Simona also writes, directs, and performs experimental theatre shows, which include 9 easy
pieces (2007, with artistic group Preglej), I, the Victim. (2007), Do Me Twice (2009), 43 Happy
Ends (2010, with artistic group Preglej), Kapelj and Semenič Under Construction (2012, with Barbara
Kapelj), Bulc and Semenič For Sale (2013, with Mare Bulc), The Second Time (2014), To Last (2018),
Picture Perfect (2020), and We, the Witches (2021). Her shows have been receiving outstanding
notices from the audience and theater theoreticians and Simona performs them at festivals in
Slovenia and abroad. She has also been present in visual arts, her works Note to an Entirety (2009-
2018, with Nada Žgank) and His Dreamery (2020, with Nada Žgank), have been exhibited multiple
In the last decade, Simona has been also involved in teaching. She teaches playwriting at Trubar
Literature House Ljubljana and also at many workshops for theater and creative writing in Slovenia
Besides books Do You Hear Me (KUD AAC Zrakogled, 2017), Three Dramas (Beletrina, 2017), English
version Do You Hear Me (Mesto žensk, KUD AAC Zrakogled, 2019), Secret Society KRVZ (Mladinska
knjiga, 2020), 1981 (JSKD, 2020) and Three Plays for Girls (Beletrina, 2021), her work is also
published in numerous magazines and anthologies in Slovenia and abroad. Her play 1981 was
adapted into a comic book and published by JSKD in 2021.