The theater section at Department of Visual Arts and Drama, Faculty of Fine Arts University of Agder in Norway, is an organization that produces approximately twenty performances every year, most of them touring in kindergartens and schools in the region. In addition, the section invites companies to small festivals at Campus, were the audiences can choose between 4-7 performances for different age groups during one day.
Some of the performances are artistic research generated by the academic staff; others are created by the students at the Bachelor programme in theatre education and Master programme at the Faculty of Fine Arts, supervised by the academic staff at the section.
As theater-practitioners, teachers and researchers, several of the employees have extensive experience in Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA): performing arts for children, by youth, theatre with children, or theater discussing childhood. The section has a long cooperation with the national Assitej, and was one of the funding organisations behind ITYARN (the International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network).
National Production Team
Marit is Associate Professor in Theatre, and she is also trained as a teacher. Wergeland-Yates works mainly with theatre for Young Audiences. Within her job she teaches practical work as well as theoretical theatre work. She works with directing, both making performances with theatre students, but also with professional actors. Wergeland-Yates holds a master’s degree in dramaturgy.
Over a long period Wergeland-Yates has worked with the Danish Theatre Company ”Teater Møllen”. She has been working as assistant director, as tutor and she also has written the official history of the Theatre Company. Wergeland-Yates is currently the artistic director of Theatre via Alma.
Merete has broad experience in Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA): performing arts for children, by youth, theatre with children, or theater discussing childhood. As a theater-practitioner, teacher and researcher Elnan has been interested in how children, teenagers and childhood are presented on stage, and what kind of thematic content and formal expression is applied in TYA. Elnan has in particular followed the work of Suzanne Osten and the ensemble Unga Klara for decades, and has several publications that analyses Osten’s work. Through Assitej and ITYARN (the International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network) Elnan has developed an international network of theater artists and scholars in the field of TYA.
Names of the students in the pictures from the left: Tale F. Solfjeld, Elin Sørli, Randi Sofie Gundersen, Katrine B. Torp, Marte Øslebø Knutsen, Jenny Drevland.