Ivo Brešan was born in Vodice (Croatia) in 1936. He studied at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb. From 1960 until 1983 he worked as a graduate teacher at the Sibenik Grammar School. Since 1983, he has been the art director of the Šibenik Theatre and the Šibenik Intemationational Children's Festival. Brešan is one of Croatia's most performed contemporary playwrights; he often writes in the Šibenik dialect. He has written several very succesful movies scenarios.