Rezija Kalnina

A Latvian actress and theatre director, born 1970 in Riga.

Graduated from the Latvian State Conservatory (now Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music) Department of Theatre and Cinema Acting in 1994, and then continued her studies in the Directing department.

Since 1994 Rēzija Kalniņa works as an actress in Daile Theatre in Riga, Latvia. Over the time she has had over 80 roles on the stages of Daile Theatre, among them were:

  • Madame – Jean Genet “The Maids” (2019)
  • Eleanor of Aquitaine – James Goldman “The Lion in Winter” (2018)
  • Margaret – Tennessee Williams “Cat of a Hot Tin Roof” (2017)
  • Actress – Rasa Bugavičute, Elmārs Seņkovs, Rēzija Kalniņa “Es par Rēziju” (2012) – a story about the the actress herself
  • Marlene Dietrich – Raimonds Pauls, Evita Mamaja, Leons Briedis “Marlēna” (2011) – a musical Frida Kahlo – Gloria Montero “Frida K” (2011)
  • Elisabeth, Queen of England – Friedrich Schiller “Mary Stuart” (2010)
  • Lizaveta Prokofyevna Jepanchina – Fyodor Dostoevsky “The Idiot. Final Night” (2009)
  • Polina – Fyodor Dostoevsky “The Gambler” (2009)
  • Irina Nikolayevna Arkadina-Trepleva – Anton Chekhov “The Seagull” (2008)
  • Penelope – W. Somerset Maugham “Penelope and Dick” (2004)
  • Margerita Gotye – Alexandre Dumas “La Dame aux Camelias” (2002)
  • Varvara Haritorovna Lebedkina – Alexander Ostrovsky “Late Love” (2001)
  • Kendels – Mārtiņš Zīverts “Āksts” (2000)
  • Stella – Tennessee Williams “The Streetcar Named Desire” (2000)
  • Julia – Tankred Dorst “Fernando Krapp Wrote Me This Letter” (1999)
  • Margareta – Johann Wolfgand Goete, Andris Vilcāns “Faust. Deux ex machina” (1999)
  • Wife of the son – August Strindberg “Playing with Fire” (1998)
  • Varya – Anton Checkov “Cherry Orchard” (1998) Sylvia – A.R. Gurney “Sylvia” (1997)
  • Foka – Aldo Nicolaj “Farfalla- farfalla-“ (1997)
  • Polly Peachum – Bertolf Brecht “The Threepenny Opera” (1997)
  • Cinderella – Evgeny Schwartz “Cinderella” (1996)
  • Hero – William Shakespeare “Much Ado about Nothing” (1996)
  • Antigone – Sophocles “Antigone” (1995) Himene – Pierre Corneille “Le Cid” (1995)
  • Countess Elisabeth - Selma Lagerlof “Goesta Berling” (1993)

Roles in other theatres in Latvia: Blanche in T. Williams’ “The Streetcar Named Desire” in Galina Polishchuk Theatre Observatory (2008), Katarina in W. Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” (2006), Baiba in Rainis’ “Pūt, vējiņi!” (“Blow Wind”, 2006).

Filmography: “Swindlers” (“Blēži”, 2018), “Mellow Mud” (“Es esmu šeit”, 2016), “Modris” (2014), “Rudolph’s Heritage” (“Rūdolfa mantojums”, 2010), “Don’t Talk about That” (“Nerunā par to”, 2007), “The Bitter Wine” (“Rūgtais vīns”, 2007), “The Border of Height” (“Augstuma robeža”, 2005), “The Good Hands” (“Labās rokas”, 2001), “Women” (“Sievietes”, 1992), “Freedom” (“Brīvība”, 1991) and other. She has taken part also in several TV series.

Rēzija Kalniņa is the recipient of several awards (the annual film award “Lielais Kristaps” for Best Supporting Actress (“Modris”) and Best Film Actress (“Labās rokas”), the annual theatre award “Spēlmaņu nakts” for Best New Actress, and numerous nominations for Best Actress) for her work at the Daile Theatre, in movies, and television.

She has directed performances at the Daile Theatre (Sean Grennan “The Tin Woman”, 2019, Lot Vekemans’ “The Poison”, 2018, Sean Grennan “Making God Laugh”, 2017, several concerts), the Mosel Musicfestival (L.Bernstein “Mass”, 2018), the Latvian National Opera and Balet (Pyotr Chaikhovsky “Eugene Onegin”, 2016), the Latvian National Theatre (Victor Hugo’s “The Man who Laughs”, 2015), the Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre (Giuseppe Verdi “La traviata”, 2014, Arthur Honneger “Joan of Arc at the Stake”, 2014; Leonard Bernstain “Mass”, 2013; Anniversary Concerts 2012-2014), the State Puppet Theatre (Emma Peirson “Cavewoman”, 2006).

In 2014, she was nominated for a Golden Mask award for Bernstein’s “Mass” in the Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre.

Director in performances:
Every Brilliant Thing

16 Kaļķu Street
Riga, LV-1050, Latvia
Phone: +371 67 22 46 60

11:00 - 19:00

Phone: +371 67 22 53 95


Ticket reservation, group tickets,
information on the cancelled and postponed performances:
Phone: +371 20 37 25 13; +371 67 22 53 95


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