PINAR CIFTCI is a Norwegian-Turkish-Kurdish actress and journalist. She was born 5 April 1991 in Oslo, Norway. She is currently based in both Vienna and Oslo.
Ciftci graduated with a BA in Theatre Production and Acting in 2016 from Nord Universitet in Norway. In the summer of 2015 she studied the Meisner acting technique at the William Esper Studio in New York.
After her graduation she worked as the assistant of the award-winning director Lisa Lie (NO) at Schauspielhaus Wien in the theatre production «Kaspar Hauser oder die Ausgestoßenen könnten jeden Augenblick angreifen!».
In 2017 she made her artistic debut with the performance-installation «Vrede» in co-operation with costume designer Solveig Holthe Bygdnes (NO), in Oslo. The same year she also had her writing debut in the leading Norwegian theatre journal Norsk Shakespeare tidsskrift.
Ciftci has worked with the award-winning film directors Martin de Thurah (DK) and Thomas Østbye (NO) and has a lot of experience in short films, with screenings and nominations in Kortfilmfestivalen/Short Film Festival in Grimstad and 15e Festival international Signes de Nuit in Paris with the short film «First Do No Harm» (2017).
She is the voice for several audiobooks for the biggest publisher in Norway, Cappelen Damm, amongst them «The Last Girl» by Nadia Murad, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018.
Ciftci is an engaged feminist, which comes especially to expression in her texts. Since 2018 she is writing essayistic critiques and interviews on art, film, photography and literature on a monthly basis for the Norwegian international oriented newspaper NY TID.
In 2019 she started writing personal essays for the Norwegian magazine Altså. In fall 2019 she did an international interview series with leading female European politicians for NY TID, supported by the Norwegian Freedom of Expression Foundation (Fritt Ord).