Lene Therese Teigen

lives in Oslo, Norway. She has worked as a writer, director and dramaturge since 1989, mainly in the theatre, but also in film, television, radio drama and as an author of fiction. She has broad international experience, both as a director and as a playwright. She has a Masters degree in Dramaturgy from the University of Bergen, Norway.

Teigen has worked with the development of new drama in Norway, both as a dramaturge and for the Norwegian Arts Council by evaluating projects for financial support. She is an experienced lecturer and has attended conferences, workshops and festivals around the world, as well as given courses at art colleges and universities.



Lene Therese Teigen is an author/playwright and director based in Oslo, Norway. She is a professor of playwriting and has done several works connected to gender and equality.

Teigens writer-director projects include Mater Nexus (The open Theatre/Norway 2001 and Haiu-za/Tokyo, Japan 2008), Life Machine (Oslo Nye Centralteatret/Norway 2005), The Archaeologists (Teater Ibsen/Skien, Norway 2007), Square (Literature House/Oslo, Norway 2009) and Beneath Our Sky (Teater Innlandet, 2012). In 2013 she wrote and directed Voiced, a “documentary show” about equality. It played over 100 performances in Norway in 2013 and 2014 and was performed in Cape Town in july 2015 in an english version. Teigen has also made radiodrama and television. Her shortfilms have been shown at festivals around the world, and she won an award for the shortfilm Reel in Hungary in 1992. She has made several performances based on documentary material, collaborating closely with other writer-performers and doing extensive workshopping with actors and other theatre workers.

So far she has published 8 plays in Norwegian, as well as 4 novels. She is also the editor for a volume about the DESK-project, and she has contributed to several antologies, in Norway and abroad. Most of her plays are translated to english, as well as many other languages.

Teigen has written a master thesis on dramaturgy at the University of Bergen, Norway in 1991, and she is also educated within literature and film. She has been a guest lecturer and professor at the drama departments in Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim. She is an experienced lecturer and moderator in Norway and abroad. From 2010-2013 she was the project leader for the DESK-project (This is what women wrote), doing research and performing plays written by female playwrights during the end of 1800. From time to time she also works as a dramaturge in theater, dance and film.

Lene Therese Teigen was the leader of the Playwriting Fund at Norwegian Arts Council from 2005 to 2009, as well as the leader of the Translation Fund at the Writers Guild of Norway from 2011-2013. She was on the board of Writers Guild of Norway from 2013 to 2017, and again from 2019. From 2009 until july 2015 she was the president of WPI – Women Playwrights International, she is now a senior advisor for WPI.

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