Oslo, June 4th – 10th 2018



Oslo International Acting Festival (OIAF) is an international arena for artistic research and development on acting methods, aesthetics and performative approaches. The festival is organized by The Academy of Theatre, Oslo National Academy of The Arts and The Norwegian Actors’ Center.

OIAF aims to raise awareness about methods, aesthetics and forms of the arts of acting and performance, nationally and internationally. We wish for a flexible arena where different academic groups, collectives of artists, performers, students and professionals meet and exchange experiences, differences and practical knowledge, working on active research for innovation. We would like to bring together the best educators in the field, and explore the nature and future of the art of acting. We would like to look closely into various artistic and pedagogical processes and methods, in order to make visible different forms of acting aesthetics. We would like to problematize and discuss ethical and ideological challenges associated with the art of acting. The 2012 festival’s theme was “Techniques and Methods”, 2013 “The Audience”, 2015 “Nordic Profiles”, this year theme is “Polyvocal Actor”.

OIAF takes place during a full week, with workshops, readings, small performances, conferences and debates. The morning panels and debates are open to every festival’s participant. Afternoon’s sessions are organized in form of workshops. Each workshop is open to max 16 participants. It’s not permitted to change workshop during the festival week. Observers are allowed to the festival. Observers can move freely between workshops. However observers are not permitted to take active part in the workshops’ activities. Other events such as shows, performances and artists talks take place in some of the festival’s evenings. To know the detailed program follow the news on this webpage.



The workshops are open to students of The Academy of Theater and students of other bachelor providing acting schools in Europe, or students of other theatre and stage studies. It is also open to professional actors – members of the Guild, resident actors of the established theaters both in Norway and Scandinavia, freelancers, acting teachers, directors, dancers, screenwriters and playwrights and other stage artists in Scandinavia and in the rest of the World. Others may apply documenting a special competence.

The conference will create a direct exchange between students of The Academy of Theater and the theater and film industry, nationally and abroad. This event has the specific goal of establishing Oslo and The National Academy of The Arts as both the European and International Capital of acting training and research.