Øyvind Osmo Eriksen

Born6 Jul. 1971
FunctionsDirector, Composer, Dramatist/Playwright
NationalityNorwegian
GenderMale
WebsiteØyvind Osmo på MySpace

About Øyvind Osmo Eriksen

Øyvind Osmo Eriksen (born July 6 1971) is a director, educated at the direction study of The National Academy of Theatre. His diploma work was August Strindberg's Creditors (2005), staged at The National Theatre, the venue called Malersalen (literally: The Painters' Hall). Øyvind Osmo Eriksen doubles as a composer, and usually creates music for his own productions.

His productions at Hålogaland Theatre include Mio, My Son (2006), Ghosts (2006) and An Enemy of the People (2011), at Rogaland Theatre The Tempest (2009) and The Nightingale (2012), for The Norwegian Theatre he has staged Betre utan ball* (Better without the ball) (2007) and The Name (2011). The autumn of 2012 he directs Jeppe of the Hill for Trøndelag Theatre.

With Elsa Aanesen he wrote the play Glamour for Goebbels about Norwegian Kirsten Heiberg, who was a movie star in Germany during the 1930es and 1940es. It was performed at The Open Theatre (Det Åpne Teater) in 2009, directed by Osmo Eriksen.

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

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In 2007 Øyvind Osmo Eriksen won The Hedda Award in the category of best direction for Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts at Hålogaland Theatre.

The Hedda Jury gave the following reason:

"The spring of 2005 this year's winner graduated from the director study at The National Academy of Theatre, and the same spring his diploma assignment made a sensation - rightfully so. From 2005 he has proved that he has the ability to reach the pure young audience, while he has, towards the end of the Ibsen Year, interpreted one of Ibsen's most performed plays in a way that is intense, original and innovative, while being 100 percent true to Ibsen's text.

The award goes to Øyvind Osmo Eriksen for the direction of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts at Hålogaland Theatre, the autumn of 2006."

The same year the award for best production for children and youth went to Betre utan ball* (Better without the ball) at The Norwegian Theatre, a production Øyvind Osmo Eriksen directed as well as wrote music for.

The Hedda Jury gave the following reason:

"Based on a reality the target group can recognise, without ever pointing admonishing nor politically correct fingers, this year's winner discusses a highly contemporary and involving issue in our consensus-based society: The right to be different. The production uses simple effects and is filled with playful energy. It respects its audience, and doesn't give in to the temptation of embarrassing pandering to adults. Thus it also delights the age group it is meant for.

The winner of the year is Betre utan ball* (Better without the ball) by Glenn Belden, directed by Øyvind Osmo Eriksen, The Norwegian Theatre, the venue called Scene 2, the spring of 2007."

Øyvind Osmo Eriksen directed Romeo and Juliet (Brageteatret 2015), which was nominated for The Hedda Award 2016 in the best production for children and youth category.

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The Hedda Award

The Norwegian Theatre

Hålogaland Theatre

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

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