Helga Guren

Helga Guren (born 1986) is a Norwegian actress and dancer.

Helga Guren was educated atThe National Academy of Theatre in Oslo, Esper Studio New York and Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts (SADA). Guren has taken part in productions at The Norwegian Touring Theatre,The Norwegian Theatre, Hålogaland Theatre and The Royal Dramatic Theatrein Stockholm. She has also been active as a gymnast and acrobat. She plays the Hardanger fiddle and has sung with Alastair Laurence Jazz Trio, among others.

In addition she has taken part in international dance and theatre productions, among other places at MDT (Moderna Dansteatern) in Stockholm and ImPulsTanz in Vienna.

The autumn of 2008 she acted in the musical Little Me, a collaboration project between The Norwegian Touring Theatre and Rogaland Theatre, and in 2009 she took part in the theatre's production of The Tempest. The autumn of 2009 she was at The Norwegian Theatre, as part of Du ska få en dag i mårå* (You will get your day tomorrow).

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


(Objekt ID 28588)
Object type Person
Born February 22, 1986
Functions Actor, Dancer
Nationality Norwegian
Gender Female

Helga Guren was nominated for The Hedda Award 2012 in the best supporting actress category for the role of Lucifer in Sonny, directed by Bjørn Ravn Carlsen, and for her role in The Nightingale, directed by Øyvind Osmo Eriksen and Ida Wigdel, both at Rogaland Theatre.

Helga Guren was nominated for The Hedda Award 2013 in the best leading actress category for the role of Edith in Oh My God by and directed by Yngve Sundvor, and Diana in All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare, directed by Sigrid Strøm Reibo, Rogaland Theatre.

The complete ensembles of the productions The Lady from the Sea and Perplex at Rogaland Theatre won The Hedda Award 2014 in the special artistic achievement category. Helga Guren acted in The Lady from the Sea, collaborating with Nina Ellen Ødegård, Cato Skimten Storengen, Lars Funderud Johannessen, Glenn André Kaada and Ingrid Rusten. In Perplex the performers were Ingrid Rusten, Ragnhild Mønnes, Svein Solenes and Øystein Martinsen.

The Hedda Jury gave the following reason:

"The jury is free to decide if to give out a Hedda Award in the special artistic achievement category. This year the jury wishes to do so. The award doesn't go to a director, stage designer or playwright. Nor is it given to a single actor. Based on two productions at one and the same theatre the award goes to the full cast for their ensemble play.

The jury wants to honour the interaction between actors; the collective process lifting the individual's strong performance to theatre experiences of particular quality and value. One of the productions is a classic, the other a modern play. In both cases we found in the interaction a clarity and a naturalism demanding generosity and a feeling of security in the cast. This collective is a condition for the theatre.

The special artistic achievement award goes to the full ensembles of the productions The Lady from the Sea and Perplex at Rogaland Theatre."

Helga Guren won The Hedda Award 2019 for her role as the protagonist in The Shit/La Merda.

The Hedda Jury gave the following reason for the award:

"Gender identity and men who, in different ways, suppress women are among the characteristics for the nominees in the best leading actress category. Life's dark sides are illuminated through strong emotions and sharp texts. This year's winner brutally confronts men, the society and herself. She is repressed, but she wants to be at the centre in a performance filled with irony, humour and raw, uncomfortable presence of bitter truths. In every way bared, she conveys the role's agitations and self-consciousness with genuine musicality in text, tone, gaze and movement, and she owns the production from start to finish."


The Hedda Awards, 29.05.2012, http://heddaprisen.no/pub/heddaprisen/main/?&mid=1031&aid=1030

The Hedda Award, heddaprisen.no, 10.06.2013, http://www.heddaprisen.no/pub/heddaprisen/main/?aid=1176

The Hedda Award 2014, www.heddaprisen.no, 16.06.2014, http://www.heddaprisen.no/pub/heddaprisen/main/?aid=1266

The Hedda Award, www.heddaprisen.no, 16.10.19, https://www.heddaprisen.no/vinnere/2019

Sceneweb on The Hedda Award, www.sceneweb.no, 16.10.19, https://sceneweb.no/en/awarding/93019/The_Hedda_Award_2019-2019


The National Academy of Theatre in Oslo.

Esper Studio, New York.

Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts (SADA).