Arne Nøst

Born17 Jul. 1962
FunctionsStage designer, Theatre director

About Arne Nøst

Arne Nøst (born in Levanger July 17 1962) is a Norwegian visual artist, stage designer and the artistic director/CEO for Rogaland Theatre.

Arne Nøst was educated at Trondheim Academy of Fine Art-85 and The National Academy of Fine Arts, Oslo, 1985-86 and 1987-88.

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As a visual artist Arne Nøst has had a number of separate art exhibitions, and many assignments in decoration. He has also illustrated several books, including the book club Den Norske Bokklubben made of The Sorrows of Young Werther.

From 1988 he has been drawing for the newspaper Dagbladet, and he has been responsible for the stage design for productions as different as The Cherry Orchard (The National Stage), Turn Me on, Dammit (The Norwegian Theatre) and Bollywood Ibsen - Fruen fra det indiske hav* (Bollywood Ibsen - The Lady from The Indian Sea (Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre)).

January 1 2009 he started his term as the head of Rogaland Theatre.

Arne Nøst was nominated for the best visual design Hedda Award 2009 for his stage design for Pan, Hålogaland Theatre.

Arne Nøst was nominated for The Hedda Award 2014 in the best stage design/costume design category for his stage design for Shockheaded Peter by Julian Crouch and Phelim McDermott, directed by Erik Ulfsby, produced by The Norwegian Theatre.

Arne Nøst, Christina Lovery and Jill Tonje Holter received The Hedda Award 2019 in the best stage design/costume design category for their stage design, costume design and masks for The Mute, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. Nøst directed the production in collaboration with Christian Eriksen, and it was also given the award in the production of the year category.

The Hedda Jury gave the following reason for the award to The Mute:

"Good theatre is a fine interaction of several artistic genres. The season of 2018-2019 has offered several productions in which the relationship between the different elements have been well balanced, and each and every one of them has been expressed without dominating, but instead supported the whole. The production the jury has connected the most with excels in great originality and good acting, by using the space in a distinct way, through a very original stage design, powerful lighting, very conscious use of video, and music that perfectly matches the theme and visual style of the performance."

The Hedda Jury gave the following reason for the award to Arne Nøst, Christina Lovery and Jill Tonje Holter:

"The award is given for a visual whole which in a sober way gives voice to all of the venue, while giving a point of focus to the performers and the audience through a near minimal turning point. Life's vulnerability is caught through a love story, and the main installation of the stage design functions as a screen for the surroundings and the process of life, and for central symbols in the performance, such as a heart, a butterfly and a musical conductor's podium. Effects from silent movies is given expression in simple and at the same time elegant, partly over-dimensioned costumes and impression-rich use of masks, and when the orchestra eventually unfolds as props and an active part of the action, the palette for the graphic notation is shown as life and love itself, going beyond the predictable."


The Hedda Award

Store Norske Leksikon,

The Hedda Award,, 19.05.2014,

The Hedda Award,, 16.10.19,

Sceneweb on The Hedda Award,, 16.10.19,

*Not yet translated into English. The title within parentheses is the Norwegian title's literal meaning.

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