Nordic Ambitions Program
Mentorship program for theatre leaders

Nordic Ambitions is a mentorship program for theatre leaders in the Nordic region, initiated by Nordiskt Teaterledarråd in collaboration with The Nordic Culture Fund. The one-year program develops the participants’ leadership skills and promotes Nordic networks between theatres.

Read the full brochure here

Nordic Ambitions is tailored specifically for leaders with artistic responsibility in the network’s member theaters throughout Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Participants can be new in their roles or more experienced. Most importantly, they should be motivated to grow as leaders and build networks with Nordic peers. The official language of the program is English.

Some network seminars will be open for theatre professionals outside the mentorship program. Please follow our websites and social media channels for updated information.

Nordic Ambitions 2024-2025 is coordinated from Denmark through the Danish Theatre Association. 

Nordic Ambitions 2024-2025 mentor program

Nordisk Teaterlederråd (NTLR) and the Nordic Culture Fund are pleased to present the 10 new mentor couples in the Nordic Ambition's mentoring program.

Nordic Ambitions 2024-2025's participants are:



Maria Hägglund, Regionteater Väst, Sweden

Kari Ramnefjell, Unge Viken, Norway

Mikael Flodström, Scenkonst Västernorrland, Sweden

Egill Palsson, Hålogaland Teater, Norway

Nora Evensen, Brageteatrer, Norway

Anne Jonsson, Teater Tre, Sweden

Solrun Toft Iversen, Den Nationale Scene, Norway

Kira-Emmi Pohtokari, Åbo Svenska Teater, Finland

Magnus Geir Thordarson, Islands Nationalteater, Island

Kristian Strømskag, Teatret Vårt, Norway

Arto Valkama, Turun Kaupunginteatteri, Finland

Agnete Krabbe, Husets Teater, Denmark

Kari Arffman, Helsingin Kaupunginteatteri, Finland

Jakob Engmann, BaggårdTeatret, Denmark

Søren Møller, Østre Gasværk Teater, Denmark

Mikko Kanninen, Tampereen Teatteri, Finland

Eva Præstiin, Betty Nansen Teatret, Denmark

Morten J. Henriksen, Haugesund Teater, Norway

Per Smedegaard, Teatret Svalegangen, Denmark

Rikard Lekander, Byteatern Kalmar Länsteater, Sweden

Feedback from the pilot round 2023-2024

  • The possibility to discuss certain topics in groups sharing experiences and challenges is of great value!”
  • Everyone is sharing very generously, and it feels great to be able to learn from each other.
  • It was great to have a topic to discuss and both share experiences and learn from others: how things are done, run and thought about in the different Nordic countries  what is different, what is similar.
  • Relevant and engaging!”


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