Olga Nikora is a New Zealand writer originally from Eastern Europe. She was born in Moldova and moved to NZ as a child after the civil war in Moldova had torn the country apart. Olga’s play Stroika, which was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, is scheduled for production at the Swan Theatre, RSC. She has also been a writer for the RSC’s Shakespeare Nation program, working with local communities in Blackpool and Nottingham to create new localised versions of Romeo and Juliet.
Her play Then they came for me was produced at Greenwich Theatre, London. Olga has previously won the OffWestEnd Adopted playwright award. Her work has also been shortlisted for the BBC Writersroom Award and Sir Peter Ustinov Writing contest. Olga has also had a number of staged readings. Recent London readings include: Leave to Remain, Queens Theatre (dir. Rachel Valentine Smith), 2018, Stroika, The New Diorama Theatre (dir. Sharon Willems), 2018; Deceit, The Arts Theatre (dir. Rachel Valentine Smith), 2017; David Hackney Attic at the Hackney Picture House (dir. Eleanor Barr), 2016; Doi Frati, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre,2015; Everyman, Soho Theatre (dir. Josh Roche), 2014; In the Company of Strangers, Soho Theatre, (dir. Dan Herd.), 2013; Tightrope Bonnie Soho Theatre, (dir. Dan Herd.), 2011; Don’t shoot, I’m an Accountant!, Actors’ Centre, (dir. TamaraFelisa Micner), 2011.
Olga holds degrees in Economics and Law from the University of Canterbury, and she is a graduate of the Royal Court Young Writers’ program.