Franzisca Aarflot

Franzisca Aarflot is a director, playwright and producer, plus the artistic director of Franzisca Aarflot Productions.

Franzisca Aarflot was one of the founders of Kirkeristen Lille Teater in 1984, and later of Teater Ad Libitum.

She headed The Open Theatre (Det Åpne Teater) 1999-2008.


(Objekt ID 329)
Object type Person
Born May 20, 1963
Functions Director, Producer, Dramatist/Playwright, Theatre director
Nationality Norwegian
Gender Female
Member of The Norwegian Union of Stage Directors, Writers’ Guild of Norway/WGN
Adresse Skånegaten 6, 3060 Svelvik, Norway



Member of the board and secretary forThe Norwegian Union for Stage Directors1997-1999. New term as a member of the board from 2009.

Leader of the board of DUS Connections in Norway 2003–2006, member of the board 2006–2008.

Jury leader Ibsen Awards (The scholarships) 2009-2011.

Member of the board of Writers'Guild of Norway 2011-2013.


Franzisca Aarflot has extensive experience with contemporary drama in Norway and abroad. Her director work is marked by musicality, rhythm and composition. She takes use of acrobatics, martial techniques, yoga, movement improvisation and dance as effects when integrating situation and text. As a playwright she varies between the poetic, the political and the brutally realistic.

Franzisca Aarflot considers the theatre a tool for recognition and change, an arena for debate and a workshop for the future. To succeed theatre has to communicate - and a generous helping of charm and entertainment won’t stand in the way of political theatre or serious subjects, she finds.

She is the recipient of a number of awards, including Fringe First 2001 for Like thunder, Espectaculo de honra, Festival Internacional de Teatro Almada, for A mata 2006, Teatro de ano 2010 Portugal for Cantigas de uma noite de verao (AKA Midsummer) by David Greig, Artistas Unidos/Teatro da Trinidade - Lisbon 2010, The Culture Scholarship of Oslo 2007, the memorial grant of Hans Heiberg 2007 (Writers' Guild of Norway) and a grant from The Norwegian Union for Stage Directors.

Franzisca Aarflot translated and directed Grounded by George Brant for Teater Innlandet in collaboration with Nordland Theatre and Franzisca Aarflot Productions in 2016. The production was nominated for The Hedda Award 2017 in the production of the year category.


Performing Arts Hub Norway,, 15.10.2010,

The Hedda Award,,



1982: The upper secondary school of Berg, language and drama specialisation

1983: The non-degree granting college of Romerike, theatre specialisation, several director assignments

1984: Direction classes at British Theatre Association, London

1985: Ex.phil at The University of Oslo

1987: Minor degree theatre theory, The University of Oslo


2008-2009: Leader development couse called Kunstens kvinner (literally: Women in Art) (The Ministry of Culture and Work Research Institute)

Affiliations (6)
Artworks (5)
Title Publiseringsdato Role
Brave New Virtual World Script – Author
Pappas reise ut av tiden 2014, Literature, children – Author
Desertørene 1994, Script, One-act Play – Author
Is that a gun in your pocket...? 1995, Script – Author
Drømmecontainer`n Script – Author
Awards - part of jury (1)