Niki Orfanou writes stage plays, screenplays & TV scripts, short stories and, currently, a novel. She has also published poetry, a children's book, essays and reviews. She 's a theatre-maker, journalist and researcher. She sometimes works as a dramaturg / developmental editor for fiction & nonfiction.
Born in Athens, she studied (mainly) Greek and continental philosophy and psychology at the universities of Crete, York and Edinburgh and did an Mphil in playwriting at the university of Birmingham before completing a PhD on new dramatic writing at Roehampton University, London. She's also NFTS trained (TV writing).
Staged in the UK and Europe, her plays include Lucas and Time (premiered at Osnabrück Stadttheater, Germany), I Could Sleep in Your Arms (winner of Scriptspace, TBF) and Town with Wooden Shutters (International Performance Festival Athens System). She was a finalist for the Palmarès des Journées de Lyon des Auteurs de Théâtre (France, 2016) and the Prix des Libraires du Quebec (Canada, 2019). She has been the recipient of residencies (International Festival Cardiff) and scriptwriting commissions (Faliro House Productions).
She lives in London.