Performer / Co-creator
Originally from Finland, Nina Sallinen honed her acting skills on Finnish television as a series regular on a popular sketch comedy show. Sallinen also performed with the National Theater of Finland and has appeared in over 70 plays worldwide. Most recently, she was seen in The Odyssey Theatre's critically acclaimed production of A Man's a Man. Sallinen often steals the show in character roles and was nominated for an LA Weekly award for Best Supporting Female Performer in The Conquest of the South Pole.
Writer / Co-creator
Katja Krohn's (b. 1966) funny and anarchic plays are entertaining for audiences of all ages, in no small part due to their fast-paced yet sensitive handling of their subjects. In her work, familiar patterns are turned upside down, and everyday things are seen from new angles. Krohn demonstrates that it is possible to write high-quality, innovative theatre for children. Kinkku pahana (The Broad with Boiling Blood, 1998) examines taboos about motherhood and marriage. Its main character is a woman who tries to create a theatrical performance about motherhood and is forced to confront who she is and what she wants.Poor Poor Lear (1998), co-authored with Nina Sallinen, is a one-woman play about an old actor, whose own story parallels King Lear’s. This play has also been performed in the United States. Iso paha susi (The Big Bad Wolf, 2003) is a joyous reinterpretation of familiar fairy tales, full of suspense and surprise. A wolf who has accidentally eaten his wife must find his son some food, while at the same time the boy experiences the pangs of falling in love for the first time, with Little Red Riding Hood of all people. The play was chosen as Play of the Year in 2003, and has been performed, in addition to over 12 Finnish productions, in Sweden and Estonia. The children’s play Sotta Pyttynen (Messy Mack, 2003) tells about a very neat boy and his very messy grandfather. This play, targeting pre-school and elementary-school age children, teaches children about manners in a funny way, without preaching. Pikkujättiläinen (Small Giant, 2011) combines masterly global and family crises in a story of middle-aged scientist who tragically fails to balance between her work ambitions and family.