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


About the International Ibsen Award

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


The Norwegian government founded the award in 2007 and funds it. The winner receives 2,5 million Norwegian kroner (approx. 300.000 Euros 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 call for nominations for the 2020 award is open until April 2019. 


The International Ibsen Award was first awarded to the veteran theatre director Peter Brook in 2008. The prize has since been given to Ariane Mnouchkine of Théâtre du Soleil (2009), the dramatist Jon Fosse (2010), Heiner Goebbells (2012), Peter Handke (2014) and to Forced Entertainment (2016).

The call for nominations for the 2020 Award is open until April 2019. You can nominate your candidates here.