Hanne Tømta

Hanne Tømta (born August 21 1968, Oslo) is a Norwegian theatre director and manager, educated at Saint Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy (graduating 1998). She has directed a number of theatre productions in Norway.

Hanne Tømta headed Rogaland Theatre 2005–2008. From January 2009 Tømta has headed The National Theatre.


(Objekt ID 8377)
Object type Person
Born August 21, 1968
Functions Director, Theatre director
Nationality Norwegian
Gender Female

For The National Theatre the productions Hanne Tømta has directed include Anna Karenina, En får væra som en er - en Ole Ivars musical* (One should be how one is - An Ole Ivars Musical) and Three Sisters. The latter received three nominations for The Hedda Award 2015 and won two of the awards. Hanne Tømta won the award in the best direction category, and Espen Skjønberg in the best supporting actor category for the role of Ivan Chebutykin. In addition, the production was nominated in the production of the year category.

The Hedda Jury gave the following reason for the award to Tømta:

"The great classics are familiar texts. The quality is unquestioned, and with that, the risk that the director will fail also is major. The award winner in the best direction category has, with many small, intelligent choices, succeeded in showing the text s wise and many-layered humanity. Her choices make the play with its wide range of characters fresh to us, it is as if we see an old acquaintance for the first time.

The best direction award goes to Hanne Tømta."

A selection of her other direction work includes The Witches for Hålogaland Theatre/Sogn og Fjordane Theatre, Karlson on the Roof at Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre), Pippi Longstocking at The National Stage, Kvinner på randen* (Women on the verge) at Teatergarasjen, Bergen, The Woman Who Married a Turkey at Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre)'s secondary stage Centralteatret.


Store norske leksikon, snl.no, 05.11.2010, http://snl.no/Hanne_T%C3%B8mta

The National Theatre, http://www.nationaltheatret.no/Hanne+T%C3%B8mta.b7C_wJzQXD.ips

The Hedda Award, heddaprisen.no, 20.05.2015, http://www.heddaprisen.no/pub/heddaprisen/main/?aid=1306

The Hedda Award, heddaprisen.no, 21.06.2015, http://heddaprisen.no/pub/heddaprisen/main/?aid=1367

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


1992-1998: Saint Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy