Kristian Smeds

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Kristian Smeds, 2009.

Tomi Kristian Smeds (born 1 December 1970) is a Finnish playwright and theatre director.[1] Kristian Smeds has worked in Finland, Estonia, Belgium and Lithuania.[2]

His plays are wild, energetic, and filled with many distinctive voices. They can be interpreted in many different ways, and can take full advantage of a wide variety of theatrical techniques. His language is rich and colorful, but at the same time natural. In Smeds world, the personal and the political are indistinguishable, and his work is characterized by a deep concern for human beings.[2]

In the autumn of 2007, he dramatized and directed an explosive production of Väinö Linnas "The Unknown Soldier" at the Finnish National Theatre. This re-interpretation of a cherished Finnish novel has been the most controversial theatrical event in Finland, provoking wide acclaim as well as fierce debate. Smeds stage version was a great success. During 2007-2009 it was performed 122 times with 73265 tickets sold.[2]

In 2007, Smeds established his own theatre group, Smeds Ensemble, which has partners around Europe. Smeds Ensemble had its first production, Mental Finland, premiered at the Royal Flemish Theatre (KVS) in February 2009. During the same year, the production toured in Finland, Lithuania, France and Austria.

In 2011 Kristian Smeds dramatized and directed an adaptation of Paul Auster's novel Mr Vertigo at the Finnish National Theatre.[3] Same year, Smeds got awarded with the XII Europe Theatre Prize for New Theatrical Realities as a first Scandinavian theatre director.[4]


  1. ^ Smeds, Kristian in Uppslagsverket Finland (in Swedish).
  2. ^ a b c Kylänpää, Riitta (2008-07-25). "Smedsin teesit" (PDF). Suomen Kuvalehti. Retrieved 2014-09-07.
  3. ^ Petterson, Maria (2011-01-22). "Suuri tuntematon". Ylioppilaslehti. Retrieved 2014-09-07.
  4. ^ Vuori, Suna (2011-04-15). "Kristian Smeds noutaa sunnuntaina Euroopan teatteripalkinnon Pietarissa". Helsingin Sanomat. Retrieved 2014-09-07.

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