Tajna Tanovic (pronounced "TY-nuh TAH-nuh-vitch") is a German singer-songwriter, actress, and photographer with over 20 years of experience in the performing arts in the former Yugoslavia, Germany and the U.S.
Tanovic was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia, to a director/playwright mother and a journalist father. Her education includes the acting school for children in Koliba, Sarajevo, the Celan Theater School at Burgau Castle, Germany, and the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in New York. She speaks English, German, French, and Bosnian fluently and accent-free as well as basic Spanish and Hebrew.
Tanovic starred as Liza Minnelli in Kids Cabaret for the National Television in Sarajevo. From 1993 to 2004, she was the leading actress of Theater TAS in Germany and featured in Project 3 by TAS touring theaters such the Munich Kammerspiele, Hamburg's Thalia Theater, and Cankar Hall in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Tanovic's roles at Theater TAS have included May in Beckett's "Footfalls", Antigone in Sophocles' "Antigone", Ophelia in "Roses are Immortal", Daisy in "Cabaret International", Galathea in "Wedekind's Cabaret", and Ulrike-Marlene in "The Struwwelpit & Co."
In 1994, Tanovic was nominated for the Best Young Artist Award by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia for the role of the Girl in "Project 3". Performances with Theater TAS included the UNESCO Children in Need gala in Düsseldorf in 1993 and a performance in the German Parliament on Human Rights Day in 1998.
Tanovic was featured in the project "Canal Street Station" by 31 Down Radio Theater, gaining much press coverage. She was the German voice for the PUMA SoundTrip for the 2006 FIFA World Cup produced by Soundwalk. In April 2009, she collaborated with Theater TAS and award-winning writer-director and PEN American Center member Kaca Celan in New York City to produce the window performance and visual art installation "Yard Sale: New Footfalls..." presented by the arts organization chashama. Tanovic also provided the translation of "New Footfalls". In 2010, she was featured in the Theater TAS production The Last Story, an award-winning drama by Celan.
Tanovic was singer of the band "Love in Shakespeare" performing Shakespeare's sonnets. Her songs "I Think of You" and "Hey! Hey!" were featured in the theater performance "Mirjana and those around her" by MGL Theater Ljubljana in Slovenia. In September 2011, she self-released her debut EP record "I Think of You", containing 5 original songs recorded at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn. The music video for the title song was written by her and directed by director/producer Samuel Nozik.
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