Born 1984 in Kaunas/Lithuania.
Vaiva Grainytė is a writer, playwright, essayist and poet. She completed her MA studies of 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 of the website of art and culture Kamane.lt.
Her debut book of essays Peking Diaries was nominated for Book of the Year 2012 and shortlisted as one of twelve of the most creative books in Lithuania. Her latest works are the radio plays Axis deviation (Lithuania, 2015) and Witches do not eat gummy bears (Cape Town/South Africa, 2015). As a writer she is currently engaged in the theater performance Lucky Lucy (Sweden/Lithuania/Norway, 2016). Her most successful collaborative work with Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė and Lina Lapelytė, the contemporary opera Have a Good Day! (Lithuania, 2011) for ten cashiers and piano, holds the Globe Teana-Theatre Observation Award (Music Theatre NOW), two Baltic Theatre festival prizes (Latvia) and the main prize of the Fast Forward festival (Germany). The authors' trio is awarded with Golden Stage Cross and Young Artist Prize by the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture. The opera is touring on different continents, its libretto is translated into 6 languages.
Selected fellowships include Artists in Residence in Vienna, Kulturkontakt Austria (2015) and Writer in Residence in Wiesbaden, Literaturhaus Villa Clementine, Germany (2015). She was also selected delegate to the Gothenburg Book Fair, Sweden (2014).