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Marie Kajava

Marie Kajava (b. 1980) is a Helsinki-based playwright and dramaturge. She received her masters in theater arts from the Theatre Academy in 2016. Kajava has written plays, performance scripts that take shape during the rehearsal process, and various texts for performance.

Her most recent play, Famine (2016), is built around an iconic photograph and asks what we see when we watch another’s suffering. Lullaby (2013) is a play about remembering, a land of genocide, and turning one’s back on one’s own children, nations, and continents. At the moment, Kajava is writing the play Undress me, then – it somehow involves pastoralism, climate change, blood, and milk.

In addition, Kajava has worked as a performance and text dramaturge for theatre and dance pieces and documentary films. Alongside her dramaturgic work, Kajava writes articles on questions involving human rights, refugees, and international development.


Marie Kajava