Peer Perez Øian

Peer Perez Øian is a Norwegian theatre director.

Peer Perez Øian was born in 1980. He was educated with a bachelor within performing arts at Emerson College, USA (1999-03), and studied direction for five years at The National Academy of Theatre, Oslo National Academy of the Arts (2005-10). Perez Øian has participated in workshops with among others Robert Wilson and Anne Bogart in USA, and he has been a trainee with Peter Sellars, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Bill Viola at Opéra National de Paris - Opéra Bastille, France.

He directed Finn Iunker's Iphigeneia at Theatre Academy Helsinki, and he was also responsible for a staged reading of Washingtin by Johan Harstad in Litteraturhuset (2010). The autumn of 2010 his diploma work, Hedda Gabler, opened in the smaller venue called Malersalen in The National Theatre, but it was so popular it was moved to the Amphi, and the autumn of 2011 it took over at the very Main Stage.


(Objekt ID 17965)
Object type Person
Functions Director
Nationality Norwegian
Gender Male

Peer Perez Øian won The Hedda Award for best direction in 2011 for his direction of Pains of Youth by Ferdinand Bruckner at The Norwegian Theatre. This was his first directed work after he graduated.

The Hedda Jury gave the following reason:

"The winner of the year started his career by delighting his audience in a modernised version of a familiar classic. He gets the award for a production in which he with seemingly playful ease unites important traits characterising a good director. While exhibiting an ear for the nuances of the text he modernises it so that the timeless issues of the playwright take hold of us today. His dialogue and person instruction is so precise and understanding that the actors under his management create a number of original and distinct characters while presenting a high level of ensemble play."

Peer Perez Øian directed Solaris corrected (The Norwegian Theatre 2015), which received The Hedda Award 2016 in the production of the year category.

The Hedda Jury gave the following reason:

"The production of the year is an extraordinarily successful and coherent Gesamtkunstwerk, of rare artistic quality. Here, a strange, sombre and scary reality is described with a warmth and understanding that invites intimacy, understanding and mournful empathy. Based on a linguistically very complex poetic masterpiece, the production is also a piece of art in theatrical dissipation and bringing a text to life. It leaves us with a new, optimistic perspective on linguistic communication and the range we are able to understand."


The Hedda Award, Norsk teater- og orkesterforening, 14.08.2011

The Hedda Award,, 12.06.2016,


Bachelor in performing arts at Emerson College, USA (1999-03)

Five years of studying direction, The National Academy of Theatre, Oslo National Academy of the Arts (2005-10)

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