Svein Sturla Hungnes (Peer Gynt) graduated from the Norwegian State College of Theatre in Oslo in 1970, and in the period 1967-78 played various roles in musicals and comedies at the Nye Teater in Oslo. In 1970 he was permanently engaged by the Norwegian National Theatre, where he has played major Ibsen roles such as Osvald in Ghosts, Rosmer in Rosmersholm and the title role in Peer Gynt. He has also played the title role in Shakespeare’s Hamlet at Den Nationale Scene in Bergen and has taken leading parts in Norwegian films and at the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. He started to direct in 1988 and has been responsible for a number of productions at various Norwegian theatre companies including the Norwegian National Theatre, Torshovteatret, Den Nationale Scene, Riksteatret, Rogaland Teater, Trøndelag Teater, Nordland Teater and Teatret Vårt. He has also directed many productions at the Norwegian State College of Theatre in Oslo as well as the annual performances of Peer Gynt at Gålå in Gudbrandsdalen, where he has played the title role since 1995. Svein Sturla Hungnes was made artistic director at Riksteatret in 1996, and became artistic advisor and a director at the Norwegian National Theatre in 2000. Since 2001 he has been the leader of Oslo Nye Teater.