Vala considers herself a storyteller. She has written and/or performed for many different theatres, radio and tv. She has toured shows and participated in numerous theatre festivals.
She has lived and worked in Iceland, England, Italy, Germany and in Turkey for a little while but is currently living in Malta.
Since graduation in Theatre Arts from Bretton Hall College of the University of Leeds, Vala has taken many master classes in comedy with great artists such as: Dario Fo, John Wright and Ferruccio Soleri. She has had some master classes in theatre sport and forum theatre as well. She did filmscript writing at North By North West and several shorter courses on tv and film with Stephen Frears, Jon Vorhaus and Stig Thorsboe to name a few.
Vala was on the board of The Icelandic Dramatists Union for a few years as well as the Actors Union of Iceland.
Vala has recently received the honour of becoming a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.
Workshops on comedy and body awareness on stage for professional theatres, theatre groups, colleges and schools. The workshops are based on the training with Dario Fo, on using our body in storytelling as well as: clown techniques, learning to relax and bounce of the audience, and the concept of loving the flop.
Courses in creative writing for all age groups.
Icelandic Women's Literature Prize Fjöruverðlaunin 2010
Vorvindar/Springwinds awards IBBY Iceland 2010
IBBY International Honourary Booklist 2012 in category of best written book
Kitchen to Measure, Ordinary Horror Stories
Eldhús eftir máli, hversdagslegar hryllingssögur
DV Cultural Award of the year for theatre 2006
Icelandic Theatre Gríma Awards 2006 Best leading actress
A Bat in the Attic / Háaloft
Critic´s choice International festival of alternative theatre Budapest 2001
1. prize European Women´s Theatre Festival, Lappland, Finland 2001
Honour prize Kiel monodrama festival 2004
Or Something, You Know… / Eða þannig…
Audience Award European Women´s Theatre Festival, Lappland 1999