Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
Award-winning lighting designer Minna Tiikkainen (born 1969 in Helsinki) began experimenting with light while studying fine arts. Her fascination with its immaterial quality led her to enroll at Theater Academy of Finland to study Lighting Design, where she received her MA in 2002. She then moved to Amsterdam, forging an international career in performing arts. Her work is described as strong in its minimal approach, especially appreciated for its significance for totality of the performance. She has worked with, i.a. Nicole Beutler, Jefta van Dinther, Mette Ingvartsen, Keren Levi, and Kate McIntosh.