Paavo Westerberg is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, theatre and film director and actor. Westerberg has worked as a screenwriter for the feature films Princess (Prinsessa, 2010), Frozen City (Valkoinen Kaupunki, 2006) and Frozen Land (Paha Maa, 2005), as well as for the television drama Fragments (Irtiottoja, 2003). Westerberg has written and directed four plays which have premiered at the Finnish National Theatre: Possible Worlds (Mahdolliset Maailmat, 2016) They Don’t Live Here Anymore (He eivät asu enää täällä, 2012), The Lie (Valhe, 2010) and Home Before Dark (Kotiin ennen pimeää, 2006). His other plays include The Shore (Ranta, 2006) and Travelling Light (Matkalla Olevaa Valoa, 2001). Westerberg has directed Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya 2014 at the National Theatre and Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman 2013 at the Oulu City Theatre.
Paavo Westerberg has won the Jussi Award for the Best Script in 2007 and 2006 for the films Frozen City and Frozen Land. Westerberg also wrote and directed the television drama Latent Heat (Jälkilämpö, 2010), which was nominated for the Prix Italia Award. Westerberg started his career in the beginning of the 1980’s. He was a very successful child actor in film and television and also in theatre. He graduated in 2000 with a Master’s Degree in Theatre Arts and currently lives in Helsinki. He is a resident playwright at the Finnish National Theatre.