Free Event

Northern Lights

Origin Theatre Company

Past Work

Saturday February 27th



You are invited to join a 4-day celebration of Nordic Culture, including Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark & Iceland.

Curated by Irwin Maas at Scandanavia House, 58 Park Avenue.

RSVP advised to [Please Note: Some events are not open to the public]

  • Friday, February 26, 2016:

Launch Reception & Networking event of Northern Lights Symposium

Invitation Required


  • Saturday, February 27, 2016 Noon-2:30p.m.:

Venue: Scandinavia House NY (58 Park Avenue, NYC @ 38th Street)

Readings/Videos: Theater for Young Audiences in the Nordic Countries 

Free Event

A sampler of contemporary plays for Young Audiences with country-specific readings and video excerpts from all 5 Nordic countries. Followed by a moderated Q&A and a talk-back session on Theater for Young Audiences from the Nordic region with select professionals in the field of TYA from both sides of the Atlantic.

Program: Readings of excerpts from The Super-Switcher by Salla Viikka (Finland), Winner Takes All? by Methe Bendix (Denmark), GONE by Sofia Fredén (Sweden), and video excerpts from Kandisia by Jarl Flaaten Bjork & Jury by Hege Haagenrud (Norway), and highlights of works by Det Olske Orkester (Denmark), and 10Fingers, BíBí og Blaka and Iceland Dance Company (Iceland). 

Moderator: Erwin Maas (Director of Programming Origin Theatre Company)

Panel: Methe Bendix (Artistic Director Teater Hund), Lotte Faarup (Artistic Director Det Olske Orkester), Mary-Rose Lloyd (Director of Artistic Programming New Victory Theater on 42nd Street), Peg Schuler Armstrong (Director Lincoln Center Education & former Board President International Performing Arts for Youth), Darren Critz (Director Performing Arts Programs Symphony Space NYC).

Round Table Conversation: “Cultural Diplomacy 2.0 – International Relations in the Arts” 3:30-5:00p.m.  

How do the Nordic Countries do it? How can we inspire each other and how can we enhance the value of the arts in society and in international relations?

A round table discussion following the “Long Table Etiquette” format, allowing for audiences to join the conversation with specialists/panelists and moderator.

Moderator: Erwin Maas (Director of Programming Origin Theatre Company)

Panel: Linda Zachrisson (Cultural Attache Embassy of Sweden in DC), Maiken Tandgaard Derno (Cultural Attache Consulate Denmark), Kristian Jul Rosjo (Cultural Officer Consulate Norway), Niklas Arnegren (Cultural Officer Consulate Sweden), Bergthora Laxdal (Cultural Officer Consulate Iceland), Alan Lucien Oyen (Artistic Director Winter Guests Norway), Methe Bendix (Artistic Director Teater Hund Denmark), Wayne Ashley (Future Perfect Productions - Performing Arts Hub Norway), and Albert Bendix (Artistic Director Scandinavian American Theater Company NYC). 


  • Sunday, February 28, 2016:

Venue: American Academy of Dramatic Arts NYC (120 Madison Avenue, NYC)

(Note: This event is not open to the Public!)

Master Class/Workshop for students 1:30-4:30p.m.

Internationally acclaimed Norwegian theater maker Alan Lucien Øyen teaches a Master Class in NYC for students of the Academy before the start of his residency at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center. 

(Note: This event is not open to the Public!)


  • Monday, February 29, 2016:

Venue: Scandinavia House NY (58 Park Avenue, NYC @ 38th Street)

Free Event

Staged Reading in Cultural Partnership with, and produced by, Scandinavian American Theater Company (SATC) 7.30 p.m. 

(Pre-reception with wine/soda 7 p.m.)

presents the Icelandic playREFUGEES, by Hlín Agnarsdóttirfollowed by a Q&A with the playwright, director and translator.


Scandanavia House, 58 Park Avenue, between 37/28 Street