Erik Schøyen

    • Head of Department
  • Institutt for scenekunst
  • School of Arts, Design and Media


Erik Schøyen, formerly the acting rector at the Musikkteaterhøyskolen (Norwegian University College of Musical Theatre) and currently the head of the Institutt for scenekunst (Department of Performing Arts) at Høyskolen Kristiania (Kristiania University College). He taught at NTNU as a university lecturer from 2004 to 2008, specializing in courses such as introductory subjects, theater production, dramaturgy and concepts, as well as continuing education courses for producers and organizers.

Schøyen has also worked as a lecturer and mentor at the Norsk Barnebokinstitutt (Norwegian Institute for Children’s Books) in their dramatist program. He later served as an evaluator for both bachelor’s and master’s levels at NTNU and UiS.

In 2016, he was appointed by the Historisk-filosofisk fakultet (Faculty of Humanities) at NTNU to the periodic evaluation committee for the Bachelor’s program in drama/theater. Continuing his artistic pursuits, Schøyen remains active as a stage director, scenographer, project leader, and dramaturg. He has held fixed-term positions as an instructor/dramaturg at the Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo City Theater) and as the artistic director at the Haugesund Teater (Haugesund Theater). As a director, he has staged productions including Jesus Christ Superstar at Haugesund Teater in 2017 (nominated for the Heddaprisen), Ei hand å holde i (2020), the anniversary performance for Nordland Teater, and the site-specific production Særp Tropez |Fengselet| (2023). Schøyen has also served as a jury member for the Ibsenprisen (Norwegian Ibsen Award) – the country’s playwright prize – representing the Norsk Teaterlederforening (Norwegian Association of Theater Managers). He currently sits on the board of Unge Viken Teater, Norway’s only theater exclusively dedicated to professional performances for young audiences. Additionally, Schøyen is a jury member for the Norwegian theater award, the Heddaprisen, for the period 2020-2024. His research project framing his artistic work is titled "Artistic and Aesthetic Choices – Within and Beyond Ring 3."

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