Ivana Sajko (Zagreb, 1975) graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Art and received her Master’s degree at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. She is one of the editors of the performance art magazine Frakcija and the literary magazine Tema, as well as the co-founder of the theatre group BAD co. She was a longstanding lecturer of Dramaturgy at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb, as well as the editor and host of V-efekt, TV show on contemporary theatre. She published several play collections and prose works, and her novel Rio Bar was awarded with Ivan Goran Kovačić Prize for best prose book. In a collaboration with the composer David Simons, she published the music CD Mass for election day silence.
Her play Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose was commissioned for the Steirischer Herbst Festival in 2008, and had its premiere with the Wunderbaum theatre group, while her play Scenes with an apple was commissioned for the Stadtheater Bern, premiering in 2009, directed by Dora Schneider. Her text Introduction to Disjunction was commissioned for the Steirischer Herbst Festival 2010 as a part of the project “The Encyclopedia of Unlived Life” by Marian Pensotti.
In 2018 Ivana Sajko and her translator Alida Bremer received the prestigious international prize – 10. Internationaler Literaturpreis – for the German edition of Liebesroman, the first German edition of her Love Novel.