Nominate a candidate

You are welcome to nominate an individual, institution or organization that you think has brought a new artistic dimension to the world of drama or theatre.

The committee members travel worldwide to see performances linked to nominated parties and have several meetings before deciding on a winner.

Who can nominate

The right to nominate is open to everyone, though self nominations are not accepted. Nominations are strictly confidential. By submitting, you agree not to disclose the nomination to the nominee or to others until after the winner is announced. The prize is awarded every two years, and the winner receives 2.5 million Norwegian kroner (approx. €300,000). There are no conditions attached to accepting the prize. A winner is announced in connection to Ibsen’s birthday March 20th, with the official award ceremony and press conference taking place at the National Theatre’s Ibsen Festival the following September.

Specification of requirements

  • A nomination letter written in English
  • Contain a biography or CV of the nominee
  • Well founded arguments explaining how and why the individual, institution or organization has brought a new artistic dimension to the world of drama or theatre
  • Must contain two or three suggested referees who know and can provide additional information about the candidate's work


The nomination can be submitted
a) by e-mail to
b) by post to International Ibsen Award, c/o Nationaltheatret, Postboks 1225 Vika, 0110 Oslo, Norway

Please note that we are unable to return any material submitted

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