Vaiva Grainytė is a writer, playwright, essayist, and poet. She completed her master’s degree in theater history and criticism at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Vilnius/Lithuania in 2009. In 2010 she studied Chinese at the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing/China. From 2013 to 2015 she worked as editor-in-chief for, a website for professional art and culture. Her debut book of essays Peking Diaries was nominated »Book of the Year 2012« and shortlisted as one of the twelve most creative books in Lithuania. Her latest works are the radio plays Axis deviation (2015) and Witches do not eat gummy bears (2015). As a writer she is currently engaged in the theater performance Lucky Lucy in Sweden, Lithuania, and Norway. Her most successful collaborative work with Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė and Lina Lapelytė, a contemporary opera for ten cashiers and piano, Have a Good Day! (Lithuania, 2011) won the Globe Teana-Theatre Observation prize in the worldwide competition Music Theatre NOW as well as the main prize of the festival Fast Forward, Braunschweig/Germany. The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania awarded the trio with the Golden Stage Cross and Young Artist Prize. The opera is widely touring on different continents; its libretto is translated into six languages. Grainytė was a fellow in the field of Performing Arts at Akademie Schloss Solitude in 2016.


Working Together

Barzdžiukaitė Grainytė Lapelytė