Biography

Dunja was born in Elgin, IL, USA on May 15, 1994 to Serbian parents. Her first name (Dunja /dunyə/) is a feminine given name meaning "quince." Although she was born and raised in the States, her acting career started after moving to Serbia, where she attented the Faculty of Dramatic Arts. After a series of supporting roles, she made her first debut in 2016 as a lead role in "Who Still Eats Bread and Soup", a theatrical play. Her next breakthrough happened later that year by co-starring in Serbian remake of the classic medical TV series 'ER', directed by Nebojsa Radosavljevic and Milan Todorovic. After receiving the 1st place prize at Days of Danilo Lazovic Festival, Dunja's career took off in several directions, including TV commercials, cartoon voiceovers and child plays.

In 2017, after another major lead role in "Sandy Bitches of Mars" (directed by Pavle Terzic), and two supporting roles in "Mom's Sons" and "Magic Lira", appearing on stage in leading roles continued at VGIK Festival, Moscow in "Two-Scented Rose". One of her most demanding plays was "Antigone" in Belgrade Drama Theatre, 2018.

Education

2012-2017
Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Belgrade
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Acting

2017-2019
Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Belgrade
Master of Fine Arts, Acting

2016
Summer Art School “Beyond Every Border”

Acting trademarks

Portraying characters that are smart, mature and heroic is Dunja's specialty. As a proficient pianist, classic and modern ballerina, but also an expert synchonized swimmer and a dedicated athlete, she always strives to perfection when it comes to acting. Being known for getting in and out of character very quickly is also one of her main trademarks, simply because she doesn’t play her characters but becomes who they are.