Stephan Østensen

Stephan Østensen is a Norwegian stage designer, costume designer and puppet designer.

Stephan Østensen was born in Trondheim, and educated at The National Academy of Craft and Art Industry and The National Academy of Fine Arts. From 1992 he has worked as an independent stage designer in Norway and Europe.


(Objekt ID 776)
Object type Person
Functions Stage designer
Nationality Norwegian
Gender Male

Stephan Østensen has long collaborated closely with Jo Strømgren, for whom his assignments include the stage design Masculine Mysteries, A dance tribute to the art of football and Gorri Gorri.

He also made the stage design for Jo Strømgren's most personal version of When We Dead Awaken during The Ibsen Festival 2002, and for his as personal version of The Nutcracker, opening in Vienna in 2004.

Stephan Østensen was nominated for The Hedda Award 2004 in the best visual design category for his stage design for The Master Builder, produced by Trøndelag Theatre in 2004.


Sceneweb on The Hedda Award 2004,, 24.10.2012,

Involved in productions (20)
Title Premiere Role
Voices from Chernobyl AKA Chernobyl Stories (The Touring Theatre of Trøndelag) March 4, 2015 Stage design, Costume design, Video/Film
Oslo-Losens Tidsmaskin (Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre)) January 18, 2013 Stage design, Puppetry Design, Puppet maker
A Dance Tribute to Ping Pong (Jo Strømgren Kompani) Navember 17, 2011 Puppetry Design
Readymade Baby (Karstein Solli Productions) April 26, 2008 Stage design
Piloten og butikkdamene reiser i universet* (The Pilot and the Shop Ladies Travel the Universe) (Markveien Teaterproduksjon) 2008 Stage design
Polaroid (Jo Strømgren KompaniNAPA) September 29, 2006 Lighting design, Costume design, Stage design
Around the World in Eighty Minutes (The Norwegian Touring Theatre (Riksteatret)) September 2, 2006 Puppet designer, Stage design
The Master Builder (Trøndelag Theatre) March 26, 2004 Stage design, Costume design, Lighting design
When We Dead Awaken (The National TheatreThe Torshov Theatre) September 4, 2002 Stage design, Costume design
Forvandlingen (The National Stage) September 29, 2001 Costume design, Stage design
Gorri-Gorri (Jo Strømgren KompaniThe Norwegian Touring Theatre (Riksteatret)) September 19, 2000 Lighting design, Stage design, Puppet designer, Costume design
Et guttehjem/A Dull House - Step Lightly (The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet) April 6, 2000 Stage design
The Arrival (Jo Strømgren KompaniOslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre)) Navember 2, 1999 Stage design
Ten years later (Jo Strømgren Kompani) February 17, 1999 Stage design
Bindingsverk (Carte Blanche) September 1998 Stage design
A Dance Tribute to the Art of Football (Jo Strømgren Kompani) August 1, 1997 Stage design
Masculine Mysteries (Jo Strømgren Kompani) October 11, 1996 Stage design, Props
Rommene innenfor tiden (Teater Figur) Navember 8, 1994 Stage design, Puppet maker
Between the middle (Karstein Solli Productions) September 25, 1991 Stage design
Wilmas verden () December 19, 1989 Stage design