Born in 1978, studied political science on the University Zagreb and Contemporary Dance and Choreography on the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD), where she graduated in 2007.
In 2007 she founded VRUM Performing Arts Collective Croatia and since then she realized more then 20 author work productions which are co-produced and performed internationally (among others Baja Buf, Large – a public event at the end of time, No Logo Opera(tion), Minimi, the killer in me is the killer in you my love, Dance Museum, Tiger Lilies, Above us only sky…).
Sanja Tropp Frühwald was selected as a Croatian representative on a Biennale of young artists of Europe and Mediterranean in 2005 in Naples, Italy.
In 2007 she participated as a member of the scholarship program DanceWEB in the frame of Impulstanz Vienna.
In 2009/10 Sanja Tropp Frühwald was the Croatian representative in the European Project Choreoroam Europe, an international research project for choreographers, created by HIPP, Operaestate Festival Veneto / CSC Dansateliers Rotterdam, The Place London, Dansescenen Copenhagen and others.
Between 2012 – 2014 she was a resident artist of European project FRESH TRACKS EUROPE – a project dedicated to development of contemporary dance art for young audience.
In her position as an Artist and Artistic Leader of VRUM and the yearly festival Dani Suvremenog Plesa Varaždin established in year 2009, and in year 2016 completely transformed into KLIKER Festival, with its 11thth edition in year 2019.
She was one of the founders or was active in a few nongovernmental organization that are dealing with contemporary dance, theatre and alternative culture and its development (Eks scena, Zagreb; Autonomous Cultural Factory, Zagreb; Tanzbüro, Salzburg).
She also is the initiator and coordinator of the first Croatian network for development of contemporary dance for young audiences, called KLIKER, established 2013 and Generator – European collaborative platform for development of dance for young audiences (currently involving partners from Austria, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia and Serbia).
She is a board member of ASSITEJ Austria and an executive board member of Young Dance Network – a global network for dance for young audience.
Since 2016 VRUM collective opened its second seat in Vienna, Austria.
At the moment she is based both in Zagreb (Croatia) and Vienna (Austria) working as a performer, choreographer, director, programmer, producer and a dance pedagogue in the field of contemporary dance art. A majority of her work is dedicated to artistic innovation in the field of dance for young audience, audience development and intergenerational community work.
She was awarded amongst others:
- for the production “Morning”, with the Grand Prix Award for the best performance on the International Woman Theater Festival in Finland/Sweden in 2005
- as the best young Croatian choreographer on Platforma 2007
- with the UPUH award for extraordinary contribution for development of contemporary dance in Croatia 2012 (for the production “Large – a public event at the end of time”)
- nominated for the Croatian National Theatre Award 2012 and 2016 (as the best choreographer)
- VRUM was nominated as the best Croatian independent theater / dance company in season 2015/2016