The best people
There are 219 permanent members of staff at the National Theatre, spread across 70 professional fields. Here, you can read more about the staff and the theatre’s main organisational areas.
The National Theatre maintains many old artisanal traditions. We have tailors, cutters, theatrical blacksmiths, wig makers, milliners, prop masters, and cabinetmakers working for us. We are also at the cutting edge of modern fields such as multimedia production, video, lighting and audio design.
The National Theatre is organised into five main departments: Artistic, Administrative, Production, Technical, and Communication.
The Artistic Department is run by the Artistic Director, and the Executive Director. The Artistic Director sets the repertoire, i. e. decides which plays to produce, which artists will create the productions, and which actors to cast in each part. In this process, the Artistic Director collaborates closely with the Production Manager, and meets up regularly with the artistic council.
Artistic staff include instructors, scenographers, costume designers, lighting designers, actors, musical directors, etc. In addition, the Artistic Director keeps a team of dramaturgs who work on text development, adaptations, and translations.
Managed by Theatre Director. The Financial Director is responsible for budgets, accounts, payroll, and all matters of personnel administration. The Technical Director is responsible for maintaining and operating the theatre building’s technical systems, IT functions, and reception.
The Planning Director is responsible for the planning department, whose primary goal is to ensure the optimal coordination of spending across artistic, production, technical, and communication departments.
Managed by the Executive Producer. This department is responsible for researching and planning each production. Final production decisions are made by the Artistic Director. Afterwards, production management duties are handed over to a producer. The producer is responsible for executing the production in close collaboration with the director.
The National Theatre composes a production team for each production. Each team is staffed by selected personnel from each theatre departments. Production department staff include producers, stage managers, and prompters.
Beyond managing the production department and collaborating with the Artistic Director on developing the programme, the Executive Producer is also in charge of HR operations pertaining to the theatre’s actors and other artists.
Managed by the Technical Director. The Technical Director is responsible for all technical planning and work on the theatre’s productions: staffing, construction, equipment, and theatre spaces.
The department is organised into subdepartments with their own managers and staff: the stagecraft department, responsible for the stage, lighting, sound, images, studio, and props workshop; the costume department including costume makers, costume seamsters, tailors, and dressers; the mask department including make-up artists and wig makers; and workshops for tailors, painters, blacksmiths, and wallpaperers.
The workshops are located at Brobekkveien 102 at Alnabru.
Managed by the Communications Director. The department is responsible for communications strategy and activities, and employs two sector managers: Digital and Business. The department is divided into five subdepartments: dissemination and festival communication; marketing and branding; editorial and information; sales and customer service; and bar and restaurant management.
These subdepartments are made up of staff with different skill sets, working with everything from public outreach, marketing, press work, The Cultural Schoolbag, design, events, business communication, video, photo, and online publishing, to printed programmes, hosting, dissemination, and service.
It is all about developing a strong relationship between the theatre and society, the public, owners, and other stakeholders, through the best possible overall experience – inside and outside the theatre. This includes the theatre building itself, schools, the media, digital and social media, and public discourse.