Acting

birgitte-nystrom-cvBirgitte Nystrøm was born in Greenland, and grew up in Greenland and Denmark. She trained as an actor at Statens Teaterskole (The Danish National School of Theatre).

Birgitte has worked extensively in Danish theatre, radio and television. Her work includes 5 years as Actor in Residence and Board Member of Copenhagen’s Cafeteatret and 12 years as a member of Turnus Theatre Company.

She has worked extensively with improvisation as a method of generating material for the theatre, resulting in award winning plays and critically acclaimed shows. She has had a long running collaboration with the business world using improvisation techniques for the purpose of training communication skills.

Birgitte currently works as an actor, writer and director. She is based in London.

Member of the British Actors’ Equity Association, Dansk Skuespillerforbund (The Danish Actors’ Association) Skuespillerforeningen af 1879 (The Actors’ Association of 1879).

Theatre

Production / Character Company Director
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM / AASARISSERUTTORAA…
Director
The National Theatre of Greenland  Birgitte Nystrøm
KLIMA OG MILJØ (Climate and Environment)
Energy Activist (Corporate)
The Royal Theatre, Copenhagen  Kristian Højland
PÅ HERRENS MARK (Without a Paddle)
Lead role
Husets Teater, Copenhagen Anders Nyborg
GLEMSLENS KYS (Kiss of Oblivion)
Sylvia Rostlob
Husets Teater, Copenhagen Søren Iversen
TRUTH IS A STYLE
Director
CafeTeatret, Copenhagen; Young Vic, London Birgitte Nystrøm
VINTEREVENTYR (A Winter’s Tale)
One woman show
Danish national tour  
DEN FØRSTE VERDEN (The First World)
Else
Rialto Teatret, Husets Teater, Copenhagen; National tour Søren Iversen
MANDEN FRA AUSTRALIEN (The Man from Australia)
Ellinor
CafeTeatret, Copenhagen Niels Skjoldager
FASHION
Liz
Kanonhallen, Copenhagen Carsten Grønning
CHICK SHOW 2
Lead role
Husets Teater/Park Cafe, Copenhagen; National Tour Claus Bue
CHICK SHOW
Lead role
Comediehuset The Royal Theatre; National Tour Madelaine Røn Juul/Søren Iversen
EN VINTERAFTEN I UFA (A Winter Evening in UFA)
Olga
Husets Teater, Copenhagen Line Krogh
MELODY GRAND PRIX
Singer
Hansen, Turnus, Albertslund Steen Haakon
MIO MIN MIO (Mio, My Son)
Mio
Aveny Teatret, Kalejdoskopet, Copenhagen; National Tour Ulla Gottlieb
I VIRKELIGHEDEN (In Reality)
Anita
Kalejdoskopet, Copenhagen Julia Mclean/Rikke Wølck
DER GROR IKKE MOS PÅ EN RACERBANE (No Moss grows on a Racingcourse)
Sasha
Danish National Tour Rikke Wølck
NÅR BALLET ER FORBI (When the Ball is Over)
Anne-Grete Lænkholm
Turnus Teatret, Saltlageret, Copenhagen; National Tour; Nordisk Festival Søren Iversen
KYS DE HÅRDE DRENGE (Kiss the Tough Boys)
Molly
Turnus Teatret Copenhagen; National Tour Claus Bue
VOYAGE VERS LES OMBRES VERTES
Monologue in French
Le Fanal, Paris Annelise Gabold
LØGNEN (The Lie)
Resident lead actor
CafeTeatret, Copenhagen  
KARAMBOLE
Resident lead actor
CafeTeatret, Copenhagen  
LA CANTRATRICE CHAUVE
Resident lead actor
CafeTeatret, Copenhagen  
OG DOG EKSISTERER STATEN I MIT HOVED (The State still exsists in my Head)
Resident lead actor
CafeTeatret, Copenhagen Jean Leander
2%
Resident lead actor
CafeTeatret, Copenhagen Palle Skibelund
TRIVSLERNES HÆRGEN I DE NORDLIGE PROVINSER (The Do-gooders Ravage of the Northern Provinces)
Resident lead actor
CafeTeatret, Copenhagen Gotha Andersen
LUK DØREN OG HOLD KÆFT (Shut the Door and Shut Up)
Resident lead actor
CafeTeatret, Copenhagen Sejer Andersen
FLYGTNINGESAMTALER (Refugee Conversations)
Resident lead actor
CafeTeatret, Copenhagen  
JO MERE VI ER SAMMEN (The more We are Together)
Resident lead actor
CafeTeatret, Copenhagen  Gotha Andersen
GENTLEMANTYVEN (The Gentleman Thief)
Resident lead actor
CafeTeatret, Copenhagen  
ANDOMAKE
Resident lead actor
CafeTeatret, Copenhagen  
BAKTERIER I BLUES (Bacteria in Blues)
Resident lead actor
CafeTeatret, Copenhagen Lars Knutzon
HR. BARNETT (Mr. Barnet)
Resident lead actor
CafeTeatret, Copenhagen  Ole Ernst

Television, Film, Radio & Video

Production / Character Company Writer / Director
I GANG
Writer / Director (27 episodes)
Videofilm IA Copenhagen Birgitte Nystrøm
DOG
Molly
Slade, UK tour screening; Inlandartfestival Cornwall Marianna Simnett
DOCTORS (Corporate)
Hope Forcure
Roche, vrco/ov6productions Vaughan Richards
YOU CAN TRY BUT YOU’LL NEVER BE MY MOTHER
Mother
Slade, London Marianna Simnett
SEGMENTATION (Corporate)
Doctor
Tower Bridge Studios Vaughan Richards
C’MON COPENHAGEN (Spoof rock documentary)
Teacher
MTV Chris Nelson
DE FORENEDE SNEDRIVER (The United Snowdrifts)
PA / Co-director
Videofilm IA Copenhagen Newstream/Coles (co-director)
SKOLEGADE 12, No 1 & 2
Annie / Co-director
Videofilm IA Copenhagen Newstream/Coles (co-director)
STATE OF BLISS (Film)
Mother
The Danish Film Institute Kenneth Sperling
POSTCARDS FROM IRELAND
Lead role / Co-director
DSF (Danish Actors Association) Co-directed with Martin Coles
ØRESUNDSBROEN (TV Commercial for bridge between Denmark and Sweden)
Mother
Scandivision  
SIRENESANG I VILDNISSET (Song of Sirenes in the Wilderness) (TV series)
Mother
DR 1 (Denmark National Television) Bolette Bernild
SATIRE PÅ P4 (Satire on P4) (Radio)
Actor and Writer
DR 1 (Denmark National Radio) Jens Ole Rasmussen

 

Acting in Business

Birgitte Nystrøm uses improvisation as a tool in a working relationship with various business led organisations, looking at training and developing communication skills for personnel at different levels, from directorial and managerial to sales and customer service.

It seems to me that people are the same when it comes to basic human emotions no matter which level they work at in an organisation and whether it be banking, nursing, car selling or public bodies.

A striking thing within training processes, where case scenarios are used as the primary tool, is how much any observer perceives, that is, how much they are able to tell when focusing on what goes on in a conversation, how accurate they read the non verbal or body language and how they detect every annoyance and every insincerity. Contrary to what some people believe, this effective form of training is not about “how to get away with it”, but rather it is about becoming aware of the underlying human interactions.

The training therefore has a laboratory-like context, where the personnel have the advantage of interaction with a professional actor and are able to safely try things out in a situation that is as realistic or “life like” as possible. In this environment the participants can detect patterns that might otherwise have remained hidden and can gain both insight and empathy for themselves and their colleagues or employees.

On a personal level this work has given me the freedom to play all sorts of characters and receive varying reactions that would have been impossible to script.

Clients include:

  • Danske Bank (1996–2014)
  • Nykredit (2003–17)
  • Nordea (2009–17)
  • Frøs Herreds Sparekasse (Winner: The Guardian ‘Best Workplace’ 2011)
  • KPMG (2004–10)
  • Bang & Olufsen (Denmark / Sweden) (1996–2001)
  • Peugeot (2005-09)
  • DaimlerChrysler/ Mercedes Benz (DK/Sweden) (1997–2001)
  • Energinet (1998–2010)
  • Vestas (2005-2009)
  • Karlebo Kommune
  • Albertslund Kommune.
  • ILVA
  • Indbohome
  • Expert
  • Sonofon
  • Fair Forsikring
  • If forsikring
  • Larsen HR Development
  • Eventforce
  • DB Assurandør
  • Pharmacon
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Roche
  • Blue Water
  • TG training
  • AU Training
  • Alomentor
  • Cultivator
  • O2 Oehlenschlæger

TEACHING, RESEARCH & AWARDS

Teaching work includes

  • Shakespeare text and improvisation skills, taught alongside Jennie Buckman, National Theatre, Nuuk, Greenland, 2018
  • Acting technique and Improvisation skills, The New Drama Centre, Copenhagen 1996/97
  • Improvisation courses, Vendsyssel Egnsteater 1994

Funded research tours

  • Ireland: Study tour to Dublin and Galway, Glengariff 1995/ 1996.
    This was an inspiration and early research for “Postcards From Ireland” a videofilm based on “Seeing Things” (1991) by Seamus Heaney co-directed with Martin Coles, funded by Dansk Skuespillerforbund (Danish Actors’ Association) 1999
  • Australia: Study tour to the Aboriginal communities west of Alice Springs, Pintubi country, the Gibson dessert and Docker River, 1986/87. Sponsored by the Danish Theatre Council, Danish Actors’ Association and Walt Rosenberg Legatet.
    Birgitte became interested in the Australian Aboriginals’ notion of the Dreaming having read the Australian essayist and anthropologist W.E.H. Stanner. An article about the journey was published in the daily Danish newspaper “Politiken” and the work was instrumental in providing the background and source material for an original play by Danish dramatist and writer Henning Mortensen, ‘The Man from Australia’. It premiered at CafeTeatret in 1992 where Birgitte Nystrom played Elinor and was directed by Niels Skjoldager.
  • Paris: Study tour sponsored by the Danish Theatre Council, visiting among others Theatre du Soleil which resulted in the play “I Virkeligheden” (In Reality). Actor and co-writer, performed at Kalejdoskopet Copenhagen 1984

Awards

  • Walt Rosenberg Legat (1988)
  • Georg Phillipps Fond (2001)
  • Kirsten Hindborgs Hæderslegat (Grant of Honour) 2011

ADDITIONAL TRAINING

  • Nadine George Voice and Shakespeare, Sadler’s Wells, 2017
  • “Presence” Voice/Shakespeare masterclass with Patsy Rodenburg, Den Danske Scenekunstskole Copenhagen 2015, 2016
  • Voice training with basis in Shakespeare, RADA London 2011
  • Courses in RP at the Actor’s Centre London 2007