About the International Ibsen Award

The International Ibsen Award is one of the world’s most prestigious theatre awards. It aims to honour an individual, institution or organisation that has brought a new artistic dimension to the world of drama or theatre.

The winner is decided by a committee and announced every two years on Ibsen’s birthday. The award ceremony and press conference takes place during the International Ibsen Festival at the National Theatre in Oslo in September, and the winner is invited to take part in a symposium at The National Theatre during the International Ibsen Festival. 

The prize and nominations

The Norwegian government founded the award in 2007 and funds it. The prize amount the winner receives is 2,5 million Norwegian kroner (approx. 300.000 Euro or 450.000 US Dollars). There are no conditions attached to accepting the prize, and anyone can nominate candidates for the International Ibsen Award. Nominations are strictly confidential both before and after the prize winner is announced. The open call for nominations lfor the 2018 award is open until April 2017. 

Send us your nomination here. 

For guidelines for the International Ibsen Award, see here.

Previous winners

The International Ibsen Award was first awarded to veteran theatre director Peter Brook in 2008. The prize has since been given to Ariane Mnouchkine of Théâtre du Soleil (2009), to the dramatist Jon Fosse (2010), to Heiner Goebbells (2012)  to Peter Handke (2014) and to Forced Entertainment (2016) . The call for nominations for the 2018 award is poen until April 2017. You can nominate your suggestions for candidates here.

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The Committee

The deciding committee consists of seven senior figures within theatre, appointed by the Norwegian ministry of culture. Each committee member serves four years. Suggestions for new committee members are put forward by a wide range of cultural and dramatic institutions and organisations. The committee welcomes nominations and considers these after the deadline expires. They travel worldwide to see performances linked to nominated parties and have several meetings before deciding on a winner.

Per Boye Hansen

Chairman of the committee. Director of the Norwegian National Opera. Former leader of Bergen International Festival (Festspillene), and director of Komische Opera, Berlin.

Sofia Jupither

Swedish theatre director Producer and director of Jupither Josephsson Theatre Company.

Stephane Braunschweig

Theatre director and artistic director of Theatre Odeon, Paris.

Hanne Tømta

Artistic and General Manager of The Norwegian National Theatre, ICON and The International Ibsen Festival.

Dr. Thomas Oberender

Director of Berliner Festspiele from 2012. Dramaturg and author, and former director of drama for the Salzbürg Festival since 2006.

Roman Dolzhanskiy

Theatre critic and dramaturg, chief dramaturg of the Theatre of Nations (Moscow), artistic director of NET (New European Theatre) festival