biography

Biography

Annika was born in Kotka a town in south-eastern Finland, but moved first to Norway and later to Sweden during her early years. She studied set and costume design at Dramatiska Institutet (now called The Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts) from 1994-1997. She has since designed sets and costumes for approximately 50 productions, mostly in Sweden but occasionally abroad. These productions include children’s theatre, dance, new writing and classical works. Dance credits include Cullberg Ballet and choreographer Stejn Celizs production UBILOZ VANILLA which opened in Den Haag, The Netherlands. More recently she worked with Swedish choreographer Birgitta Egerbladh at Västerås Teater.

Annika has worked a number of times with leading directors such as Birgitta Englin, Dritero Kasapi, Anna Takanen. For Kasapi she has designed over 15 productions including PINOCCHIO and A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM at Uppsala Stadsteater, HAMLET at Örebro Länsteater and OTHELLO and DANCE OF DEATH at Riksteatern (The Swedish National Touring Theatre) as well as the prize winning productions, THE GOD OF CARNAGE at Teater I and ENRON at Örebro Länsteater both of which were awarded a theatre critics prize for best production in the year they were produced.

Annika collaborates also with Anna Takanen and designed the widely celebrated FOSTERLANDET, a co-production involving the Swedish National Theatre in Helsinki (Svenska Teatern) and the Municipal Theatre of Gothenburg. Fosterlandet enjoyed successful runs in Gothenburg, Helsinki and Stockholm. Several of the productions Annika designed have been selected to perform at the Swedish Performing Arts Biennale. These include FAIR GAME (Uppsala Stadsteater), GYMNOPEDIE (Riksteatern) MEDEAS BARN (Unga Klara). Other productions have toured internationally, for example Dritero Kasapis Riksteater production HEAD ON which played Volksbühne in Berlin moving on to a venue in Istanbul.

Annika has been a guest lecturer in production design at Södertorn University in Stockholm and at Göteborg University in Gothenburg.

CV

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International collaborations – a selection

2015FOSTERLANDET Göteborg Stadsteater. Tour till Svenska Teatern, Helsingfors.

2008HEAD ON Riksteatern, Tour to Volksbühne, Berlin and Theatre Talimhane Istanbul, Turkey.

2002NEXT STOP ATLANTIS Uppsala Stadsteater; collaboration with The Albanian Theatre, Skopje Makedonia and Volcano Theatre, Wales

Productions selected to The Swedish Performing Arts Biennale

2005MEDEA`S CHILDREN Unga Klara

2001ESSEX GIRLS Uppsala Stadsteater

2001GYMNOPEDIE Riksteatern

Productions voted “stage production of the year” by theatre journal “Nummer”

2010ENRON Örebro Länsteater

2009THE GOD OF CARNAGE TeaterI

Exhibitions and creative spaces

2015DRIVKRAFT Tom Tits Experiment. A permanent exhibition hall measuring 160m2 featuring a colourful, gender neutral ambience designed to engage young people. The room houses a collection of interactive science and technology experiments.

2014MAKERSPACE Tom Tits Experiment. A creative workshop measuring 140m2, divided into several sections. The workshop is used by visitors and should inspire creative thinking and experimentation in science and technology.

Productions

  • Play titleTheatreDirectorYear
  • Verklighetens FolkUppsala StadsteaterMia Törnqvist2017
  • BorkmanStockholm StadsteaterDritero Kasapi2017
  • Det skulle varit jagVästmanlands teaterBirgitta Egerbladh2016
  • The EffectRiksteaternAndreas Kundler2015
  • An Enemy of the PeopleMalmö StadsteaterDritero Kasapi2015
  • FosterlandetGöteborg StadsteaterAnna Takanen2015
  • A Servant of Two MastersUppsala StadsteaterDritero Kasapi2014
  • PinocchioUppsala StadsteaterDritero Kasapi2014
  • Varför Finns DjurenÖrebro LänsteaterKarin Wegsjö2013
  • HamletÖrebro LänsteaterDritero Kasapi2013
  • Två StyckenRiksteaternDritero Kasapi2012
  • The Caucasian Chalk CircleSmålands Musik & TeaterDritero Kasapi2012
  • OthelloRiksteaternDritero Kasapi2011
  • Louise and the BearsRiksteaternDritero Kasapi2011
  • EnronÖrebro LänsteaterDritero Kasapi2010
  • A Year of magical ThinkingUppsala StadsteaterVoula Kereklido2010
  • A Midsummer Night’s DreamUppsala StadsteaterDritero Kasapi2010
  • The God of CarnageTeaterIDritero Kasapi2009
  • EllenSmåland Musik & TeaterAgneta Ellers Jarleman2009
  • Head OnRiksteaternDritero Kasapi2008
  • MonstersGöteborg StadsteaterDritero Kasapi2008
  • HysterikonSmålans Musik & TeaterDritero Kasapi2007
  • A Boy with a SuitcaseGottsunda TeaterDritero Kasapi2006
  • Här är duUusi TeatteriTitta Halinen2005
  • PenninggaloppenUppsala StadsteaterRebecca Forsberg2004
  • Cellsamma historierUppsala StadsteaterRebecca Forsberg2004
  • Rut & RagnarRegionteatern KronobergEdward Bromberg2004
  • Sauna TvättstugaUusi TeatteriBarbro Smeds2003
  • Medea’s ChildrenUnga KlaraAnna Takanen2003
  • Den långa, långa resanRiksteaternBirgitta Englin2003
  • Sonja, en folkhemsprinsessaStockholm StadsteaterAgneta Ellers Jarleman2003
  • Next stop AtlantisUppsala StadsteaterDritero Kasapi2002
  • Susannas FödelsedagUppsala StadsteaterEva Gröndal2002
  • Kyss mina skorUppsala StadsteaterSusan Taslimi2002
  • Boston MarriageDramatenBirgitta Englin2002
  • Dom stod och dogUppsala StadsteaterAnna Takanen2002
  • GymnopedieRiksteaternBirgitta Englin2000
  • The Lonesome WestPistolteaternEdward Bromberg2000
  • Essex GirlsUppsala StadsteaterBirgitta Englin1999
  • Fair GameUppsala StadsteaterBirgitta Englin1999
  • Marat/SadeAlias TeaternNiklas Westergren1998
  • Konsten att begrava en kärringUppsala stadsteaterEdward Bromberg1998
  • Världens BollaRiksteaternBirgitta Englin1998
  • Oliver TwistStadsteaternJohan Huldt1998
  • UteliggareUppsala StadsteaterNiklas Westergren1997
  • FadermordetUppsala StadsteaterNiklas Westergren1997
  • Ubiloz VanillaCullberg BalettenStejn Celiz1997