PINAR CIFTCI is born and raised in Oslo, Norway, and has Kurdish heritage. She speaks Norwegian, English, Turkish and German fluently, and has knowledge in French and Kurdish.
Ciftci graduated with a BA in theatre production and acting in 2016 from Nord Universitet in Nord-Trøndelag, Norway. In the summer of 2015, she studied the Meisner acting technique at the William Esper Studio in New York.
Her political graduation play The Ambassador (2016) had its world premiere at Centro Gabriela Mistral (GAM) in Santiago, Chile. The European premiere was at Festspillene i Bergen (Bergen International Festival).
After her graduation, she worked as the personal assistant of the award-winning director Lisa Lie (NO) at Schauspielhaus Wien, in Austria, in the theatre production Kaspar Hauser oder die Ausgestoßenen könnten jeden Augenblick angreifen!
Ciftci has played in short films with screenings and nominations in Kortfilmfestivalen in Grimstad and the 15e Festival international Signes de Nuit in Paris, with the short film First Do No Harm (2017), directed by award-winning Thomas Østbye (NO).
She is playing the female lead role in the short film I Walked Alone (2023), directed and written by award-winning Simon M. Valentine and Shokat Harjo (NO). The film is about the personal tragedy of war and how our memories of loved ones can help us keep going through the worst of times.
She has written the psychological drama Hull together with Shokat Harjo (NO), which premiered at Det Norske Teatret in Oslo, 29 November 2023, where she is also playing one of the lead roles. The piece will be further played in 2024.