New Plays from Finland

Leea Klemola

In her plays Leea Klemola (born in 1965) breaks the bounds of theatre, creating forms of expression that are new, unabashed, and honest. Klemola’s works examine shame, the body and sexuality, as well as love and community.

Klemola is also an award-winning actress, having won Finland's highest acting honour, the Jussi Award, for her leading role in the Finnish movie Neitoperho (1997). In 2005 she was recognized by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, which awarded her an Olavi Veistäjä Grant for her significant contributions to Finnish theatre as a director and playwright. She is a founding member of the Aurinko (Sun) Theatre in Helsinki, where many of her productions were first produced.