Katrin Arefy is an essayist and playwright based in Berkeley, California, whose creative nonfiction has appeared in Free State Review, Meat for Tea: The Valley Review, North Dakota Quarterly, and Water~Stone Review, and was received with acclaim at numerous literary events in California, including Action Fiction in San Francisco and Roar Shack in Los Angeles.Her play The Elbisnopsers was selected by the Midtown International Theatre Festival [New York City] for production in the fall 2016 festival and reached the semifinalist round of the Ivoryton [Connecticut] Playhouse’s inaugural Women Playwright’s Initiative later that year. In 2018 the play was selected for production during the Iranian Drama Festival, which is held annually in Heidelberg, Germany, and was also performed at Central Stage in Richmond, California, in spring 2019. Katrin’s latest theatrical work is the trilogy Peace, a Massacre, and the Umbrella, which premiered at Plaxall Gallery in New York City in June 2019.


Katrin has a master’s degree in piano performance and pedagogy from the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow, Russia. When she is not writing, she is busy at Golden Key Piano School in Berkeley, where she is the artistic director and head teacher. 

Photo: Hagit Caspi