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MA in Playwriting & Dramaturgy from NUI Galway (1st class honours). Shortlisted for Alpine Fellowship Theatre Prize 2020. Remote Control Residency 2021, Gap Day 2021.

Collaborating with and supported by:
Alexander Theatre,
Helsinki |
Alfred Kordelin
Foundation |
Kone Foundation |
Theatre 57 |
Eva’s Echo Theatre | Brú Theatre | Town Hall Theatre Galway | Galway County Arts Office | Galway City Council | Arts Council Ireland | Arts Promotion Center Finland

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Dublin InQuirer 28.10.2020 #poetry #anthology #publications
Kainuun Sanomat 9.8.2019 #lavarunous #keikat
Hämeenlinnan kaupunkiuutiset 14.7.2020 #someteatteri #koronankohottamat

Playwright & Poet

I was born in Finland the year Chernobyl exploded, and I am exactly the same age as Lady Gaga. I sing when I feel safe enough, but mostly I write poems about sailors and restless people, create beautiful & disturbing poetic drama, and wear a lot of green clothes. I’m a delight to work with and besides being an artist, I also have experience-based understanding over production and marketing side of things.

I work as a playwright, dramaturg & freelance writer, do a bit of production management and perform as a spoken word artist. I also do gigs with my performance art piece Poetry Fortunes. I came to Ireland the first time when I was seventeen and never have I ever felt a home elsewhere in the world – so after few twists and turns and another seventeen years, I moved over. I work both in Finland and in Ireland, and am always interested in opportunities, especially on the fields specified below.

I have no special talents but a passionate interest toward

Immersive theatre

Healing trauma

Performance poetry


Recent Creative Work

It’s True I Love You All So Much
Playwright. Premiere of this digital piece was on 30th of September 2021. Produced by Eva’s Echo Theater Company.

Creative | Eco Chambers | Exit Productions
Co-creator of immersive online experience where audiences engage with the climate crisis through their new role as of demi-gods.

Poetry Fortunes
Writer, performer and creator of this short poetic tarot reading.

Playwright & Dramaturg | Älä jätä jälkiä
“Leave No Trace” is a story about a dysfunctional relationships. Digital premier 17.2.2021. starring Eeva Putro & Jussi Järvinen, puppets by Maija Westerholm, directed by Kati Keskihannu. With huge thanks to Alfred Kordelin Foundation.



The Sailor at UniSlam 2020 (In Eglish) – Video Francis-Xavier Mukiibi – Spoken Word Poetry facebook.com/poetsfm
Tequila – In Finnish – Video Joonas Sojakka



EMPATHY – a disturbing & poetic play about climate catastrophe and responsibility, set in a theatre space that turns into an immersive environment.
APPLE BLOSSOMS – A short monologue about forgiveness.
IT’S TRUE I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH – Immersive digital play about self-harm. “This challenging theme is met with kind and unblinking forthrightness that is most discernable in instances of audience interaction.”
BIRD WATCHING – A fantastical collection of answers to question What is love?
ÄLÄ JÄTÄ JÄLKIÄ (LEAVE NO TRACE) – Tässä sadussa tyttö tapaa pojan, tai poika tapaa tytön – eikä niin olisi pitänyt käydä. Vallankäytön ja väkivallan muistoja, nukketeatteria ja hajonneita aikatasoja.

Writing samples:

Someteatteri Koronankohottamat – Nyrkki
käsikirjoitus Jenni Nikinmaa, esiintyjä Henna Hakkarainen, ohjaus Eija Ahvo, konsepti Anna Krogerus.




At University of Galway, O’Donoghue Theatre

Because He Liked to Look At It & I Was Twelve. My Mother Slapped Me.

2012 at Snellman Academy, Helsinki, Finland (Director Stefan Scherer, pictures Stefan Scherer)

2010, Theatre Toivo, Helsinki, Finland (Director Ville Haikola)

His were the birds 2013 Snellman Academy, various roles (Director Saara Hedlund, pictures Stefan Scherer)

Get in Touch

  • jenni.nikinmaa@gmail.com
  • +353 89 9765 728 (Ireland)
  • +358 44 07447 09 (Finland)

“I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.”

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