Nicoleta Esinencu, was born in 1978 in Chişinău. She studied theatre arts and stage design at the University of Fine Arts in Chişinău. In 2001 she wrote the play A şaptea kafană (The Seventh Café) with Mihai Fusu and Dumitru Crudu, and it was performed in the Republic of Moldova, Romania, and at the Biennale Bonn. Since 2002 she has been dramaturge at the “Eugène Ionesco” Theater in Chişinău. In 2003 and 2005 she received a scholarship to the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany, where she wrote the plays Fuck You,! and Zuckerfrei. Fuck You,! was performed in Chişinău, Galaţi, Braşov, Bucharest, Moscow, and Nancy, among other places, and received the Romanian drama prize Dramacum 2. The publication of the play in the reader of the Romanian Pavilion of the 51st Venice Biennale (2005) caused political controversy in the Republic of Moldova and Romania. She has also published Le septième kafana (The Seventh Café, 2004). In 2006 she received a scholarship to the Couvent des Recollets, Paris. She participated in the Periferic 7 – International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Iaşi (2006) and in 2007 her plays will be performed on a tour from Stuttgart to Chişinău.