Participant Profile

Doruntina Basha

Pristina, Kosovo

A playwright focusing on such topics as gender, memory and responses to the past, Basha has received recognition throughout Europe. Her plays have been staged in Kosovo and Macedonia, and published in Kosovo and France. Her most recent play, Gishti (The Finger), was awarded best socially-engaged contemporary play in the Western Balkans. From 2004 to 2006, she was invited by the United Nations Kosovo Office for Missing Persons to create pieces based on the challenging situation of families who suffered losses. The short plays were turned into participatory theater with family members performing. She was interested in bringing her work to the US to present human stories of the Kosovo war and to explore documentary theater writing.