Tormod Skagestad

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Tormod Skagestad in 1964

Tormod Skagestad (August 9, 1920 - January 4, 1997) was a Norwegian poet, novelist, playwright, actor and theatre director.[1]


Tormod Skagestad was born in Krødsherad, Buskerud County, Norway. Skagestad grew up in a rich cultural environment. His father was a teacher and sexton of the village, his mother was the organist. After his final exams (1942) and he earned a master's degree in drama at the University of Wisconsin (1946–48).[2]

After a period at Radioteatret (1949–1953), Skagestad worked as an instructor at Det Norske Teatret (1953–1961), served as theatre director from 1961 to 1975, and again from 1976 to 1979. He was chairman of the Norwegian Association of Theatre Manager (Norsk Teaterlederforening) for several periods and president of the Norwegian Theater Association (De Norske Teatres forening) .[3]

He was married to painter and artist Karin Skagestad. He was the father of actors Tove Skagestad and Bjørn Skagestad.


  • Critics Theatre Prize (Teaterkritikerprisen) for the dramatization of Olav Duuns Ettermæle in 1976
  • Honorary member of the Norwegian Theatre Leader Association (Norsk Teaterlederforening)
  • Knight, First Order of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav in 1975.

Selected works[edit]


  • Om fjellprofilan låg ei gullrand spent, 1946
  • I natt skal mange våke, 1947
  • Mørkt vatn glir mot havet, 1950
  • Havdøgn, 1950


  • Under treet ligg øksa, 1955
  • Byen ved havet, 1962
  • I gryet blir månen grå, 1966
  • Det stig av hav, 1972
  • Nora Helmer, 1982


  • Hild Rogne, 1982
  • På Rogne, 1983
  • Farvel til Rogne, 1987


  1. ^ Henriksen, Petter (ed.). "Tormod Skagestad". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Brodal, Svein Erik. "Tormod Skagestad". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Teatersjefar på Det Norske Teatret" (in Norwegian). Det Norske Teatret. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
Cultural offices
Preceded by
Nils Sletbak
Director of the Det Norske Teatret
Succeeded by
Svein Erik Brodal
Preceded by
Svein Erik Brodal
Director of the Det Norske Teatret
Succeeded by
Svein Erik Brodal