Jaan Tätte


He is the best-known Estonian playwright both in Estonia and abroad. He claims that he began writing plays because he as an actor lacked challenging and exciting material to work with. So it is expected that as a playwright he would incorporate his experiences as an actor by always considering the actors’ needs and offering opportunities of playful approach to those performing his texts. Sincerity and generally human themes make the texts of Tätte understandable in different cultural environments.

Tätte’s first and most popular play The Highway Crossing or A Tale of a Golden Fish received the second prize in 1997 New Drama Competition. The play has been successfully produced in Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Russia, Sweden and many other countries. He had the same success four years later with his play Happy Everyday!. Tätte initially studied biology at the University of Tartu in 1982-84 but graduated with an acting degree from the Drama School of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in 1990. Thereafter he worked in Tallinn City Theatre in 1990-2003 as an actor and as a playwright later on. He writes songs and performs as singer occasionally.

Translated plays:

1997 The Highway Grossing (Ristumine peateega ehk Muinasjutt kuldsest kalakesest) – Afrikaans language, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Russian

Second prize in 1997 New Drama Competition held by Estonian Theatre Agency.

2000 The Bridge (Sild) – English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Russian

2001 Happy Everyday! (Palju õnne argipäevaks!) – English, Finnish, German, Latvian, Russian

2005 Mindless (Meeletu) – English, German, Russian

2006 The Well (Kaev) – German