Ruwanthie de Chickera

Playwright / Screenwriter / Director

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Ruwanthie is a playwright, screen writer and theatre director from Sri Lanka.  Her plays have been produced in Sri Lanka, the UK, Japan, India, Australia and the Philippines.  Her first play won the British Council International New Playwriting award in 1997 and was the first Sri Lankan play to be performed in London’s West End (at the Royal Court Theatre).  In 2000 she was awarded the Gratiaen Prize for best creative writing in Sri Lanka for one of her play scripts and in 2005 was Chairperson of the Gratiaen Judging Panel.  In 2013 again, a play she co-wrote – KALUMAALI – was shortlisted for this award.  She was awarded the 2014 Eisenhower Fellowship and in 2001 won the Presidential Scholarship for theatre from the govt of Sri Lanka and the 2006 Theatre Pasta award for her contribution to international theatre.

Ruwanthie’s first screen play ‘Machan’, produced in 2008, has won several international awards, including the award for Best Film at the 2008 Venice Film Festival (‘Last Days’ Section), and Best Feature at the Palm Beach Festival.  She also received two Best screen play awards for ‘Machan’, from the Sarasavi Film Festival, and the Durban International Film Festival.  The film, which is a tragicomedy which examines issues of illegal immigration, has been screen in over 50 international festivals to date – including the Toronto, Brussels and Dubai Film Festivals, and released in over 10 countries.

Ruwanthie has an Honours degree in English Literature from Colombo University and a Masters Degree, First Class with Distinction, in Applied Theatre from Manchester University.  She has served on the National Drama Panel and Literature Panel of Sri Lanka, and worked as a Visiting Lecturer at the National University for Visual and Performing Arts for several years.

Ruwanthie has written and directed several plays, her most recent ones being the critically acclaimed ‘WALKING PATH’ and ‘GREASE YAKA’.

In 2001, Ruwanthie co-founded the youth theatre company ‘Stages Theatre Group’ of Sri Lanka – which has been critically acknowledged as one of the cutting edge theatre groups in the country.  Stages Theatre Group is committed to promoting Sri Lankan plays and also discovering new creators of theatre and forms of theatrical expression.  She continues to be its artistic director.

Click on the links to view photographs of her plays:


DCS - Rwanda - Rats and Rabbits

Director/Writer/Co-conceptualiser in “DEAR CHILDREN, SINCERELY…” (2015)


Grease Yaka

Director / Co-Writer / Co-Conceptualiser in “GREASE YAKA” (2014)


Walking Path

Writer / Co-Conceptualiser in “WALKING PATH” (2014)



Supervisor / Dramaturge in “SELLOTAPE” (2013)



Director / Co-Writer / Translator in “KALUMAALI” (2012)


In search of sivaramani

Supervisor / Director / Dramaturge / Editor in “IN SEARCH OF SIVARAMANI” (2011)



Director in “CHECKPOINT” (2007)


Filling the blanks

Director / Dramaturge in “FILLING THE BLANKS” (2002)


Two times two is two

Playwright / Director in “TWO TIMES TWO IS TWO” (2000)


Middle of silence

Playwright in “MIDDLE OF SILENCE” (1998)