Helga Arnalds

Helga lærði myndlist í Listaháskóla Íslands og útskrifaðist þaðan árið 2008. Frá þeim tíma hefur hún fléttað saman leikhúsi og myndlist. Hún hefur hlotið ýmis verðlaun og viðurkenningar fyrir verk sín í leikhúsi. Meðal annars Grímuna árið 2015 fyrir leiksýninguna LÍFIÐ sem var valin besta barnaleiksýning ársins og Sproti ársins. Árið 2012 var sýning hennar Skrímslið litla systir mín valin barnasýning ársins. Nýverið var það verk sett upp í nýrri útgáfu með Sinfóníuhljómsveit Íslands. Helga hlaut einnig Íslensku Bjartsýnisverðlaunin árið 2012.


Undanfarið ár hefur Helga verið búsett í Danmörku þar sem hún hefur sótt áframhaldandi nám í myndlist ásamt því að þróa áfram sínar eigin aðferðir í leikhúsvinnu.

Studies: 

2005 – 2008 Icelandic Academy of the Arts – BA Fine Arts 

2004 – 2005 The Reykjavik School of Visual Arts – Visual Arts 

1995 – 1996 Theatre Academy Prag – Directing for puppet theatre 

1987 – 1991 Instituto del Teatro Barcelona – Puppet Theatre 

 

Experience: 

Since 1993 I have been running the Theatre 10 fingers. I have produced 8 performances with the theatre as well as 6 more in collaboration with other theatres. I have been working as a  performer, writer, scenograph, puppet maker, producer and often in many of those roles at the same time. I have designed scenography, masks and puppets for other companies and I have been teaching both children and grown ups theatre, puppet theatre and shadow theatre. The 10 finger Theatre has travelled widely a brought with it's performances. 

Theatre work: 

2014 Life a Mud Pie - Producer, set designer, author, co director 

2012 The Monster my little Sister  - Producer, author, set designer, performer. 

2011 Mad Love - Co producer, set designer, performer 

2010 With naked Eye - Collaboration with the National Theatre and the Theatre Bakery -  Director 

2007 Good evening - collaboration with the National Theatre of Iceland - Set  and puppet designer 

2004 The Red Shoes - Collaboration with the Pocket Theatre - Co Producer, performer 

2002 Snow white  - Producer, set designer, performer 

2000 Leif the Lucky One - Producer, author, performer 

1999 The Saga of Ketil Flat-nose - Producer, author, performer 

1998 The Pero Theatre in Stockholm - mask and puppet making 

1997 The Sun Story - Producer, author, set designer, performer. 

1996 The Christmas Tale  - Producer, author, set designer, performer. 

1995 The Boy with the Heart og Stone - collaboration with the Drak Theatre in Check Republic - Director, co author. 

1995 The Girl with the Golden tears - collaboration with the City Theatre in Reykjavik - Co producer, author, set designer 

1994 Angels game  - Producer, author, set designer, performer. 

1993 No laughing - The Land of puppets - Set designer, puppet maker, performer 

1993 Ronja the Robber’s daughter - City Theatre - puppet and mask making 

1991 The little Mouse - the Pocket Theatre - set and puppet designer and maker, performer 

 

 

Teaching: 

2015 Icelandic Academy of the Arts - Workshop in Shadow theatre for students in Art Education department 

2014 Icelandic Academy of the Arts - Workshop in visual theatre for students in Art Education department 

2014 The Reykjavík school of Visual Arts - workshop in experimenting with material. 

2013 Icelandic Academy of the Arts - Workshop in visual theatre for students in performing Art department 

2013 University of Iceland - Workshop in Shadow Theatre for students in Arts education department. 

 

 

Prices: 

2016 Listamannalaun – Icelandic Artist stipend for 3 months 

2015 Listamannalaun – Icelandic Artist stipend for 3 months  

2015 The Icelandic Art Awards – Best children’s performance 

2015 The Icelandic Art Awards – Most original Theatre 

2012  The Icelandic Optimism Prize  

2012 The Icelandic Art Awards – Best Children's performance 

2011 Aurora support Fund 

2011 Nordic Culture Point – Production based support 

2011 The Nordic Culture Fund  

2010 Ministry of Culture in Iceland - support for stage production  

2008 The Icelandic Art Awards – Best children’s performance  

2001 Ministry of Culture support for stage production  

1999 The Ibby Award  for contribution to Children's Culture 

1998 Listamannalaun – Icelandic Artist stipend for 3 months 

1996 Ministry of Culture in Iceland  - support for stage production 

1993 Listamannalaun – Icelandic Artist stipend for 6 months 

 

The 10 fingers abroad: 

Nordatlantens Brygge in Copenhagen, Danmark  

ZEBU Theatre, Copenhagen, Danmark  

Nordens Institut in Aaland Islands, Finland  

Victoria, Vancouver Island, Kanada 

10 days on the Island – festival,Tasmania, Australia  

Smithsonian Institution, - Washington DC, USA  

New England Aquarium, - Boston,USA 

Scandinavia House, New York, USA  

Santiago de Compostela, Spain  

International Theatre festival – ASSITEJ,Tromso, Norway