Olga Nikora

Olga is originally from Eastern Europe. She has been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), which came about as a result of winning the Adopt A Playwright Award in 2019. As part of Olga’s relationship with the RSC, Olga helped with RSC’s regional community outreach program in 2019. During the course of the program Olga was the co-writer of the verbatim version of Romeo and Juliet based on interviews with local residents in various regional communities. In particular she worked with vulnerable members of the community in Blackpool and Nottingham to help give them a voice and ensure their thoughts were well conveyed in a theatre format.

In 2020, Olga had a new play shortlisted for the Phil Fox Award. The same play was also the finalist in the Traverse Theatre New Writing contest and the Adam NZ Play Award. In 2021, Olga was invited to take part in the Hachette Publishing emerging writers program targeting young playwrights who’d like to write a novel. She was assigned an editor from Little, Brown & Co (owned by Hachette) to help/mentor her to write her debut novel.

Her play Rock Paper Scissors was Olga’s first full length professional production and was produced at the Brockley Jack Theatre, having won the Write NOW New Writers competition (dir. Kate Bannister). Olga’s first play Tightrope Bonnie was shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award and the Royal Court Young Writers Festival. Then They Came for Me was produced at Greenwich Theatre, London (dir. Ahmed El-Alfy). Olga has also had a number of staged readings in London, these include: David (Hackney Attic at the Hackney Picture House, dir. Eleanor Barr), Dom Frati (Lyric Hammersmith Theatre), Everyman (Soho Theatre, dir. Josh Roche), In the Company of Strangers (Soho Theatre Hub Night, dir. Dan Herd), Tightrope Bonnie (Soho Theatre, dir. Dan Herd), Don't Shoot I'm an Accountant (Actors Centre, London) selected for the Plays with Words event (dir. Tamara Felisa Micner) and Sheriff was shortlisted for the New York Mass Rhetoric: A New Works Festival, USA.

Olga has been a member of the Soho Six with a commission and residency at Soho Theatre.

She graduated with degrees in law and economics, having studied in Italy, New Zealand and Sweden.

Olga has a strong passion for screenwriting. Her screenplay The Big Blind, focusing on the banking industry, was the finalist in the Sir Peter Ustinov Screenwriting contest, USA. Her comedy How to Make Money was a finalist in the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting contest and the Nicholl Screenwriting Contest, USA. Olga’s script, Leave to Remain was also a finalist in Scriptroom at the BBC Writersroom.