Marit Ulvund

Norway: Director of Seanse ArtCenter

Marit is the director of Seanse Art Center, based in Volda, Norway, a center supporting quality in arts and for children and youth, and others. From 2004-2017, Seanse has altogether hosted more than 500 artists in residence, 30 conferences, workshops and seminars, and supported and mentored about 250 art productions. Since 2011, Marit has directed Seanse Art Center's work in bringing Teaching Artist practices to Norway, as a national initiative. This has led to Seanse facilitating and mentoring art programs in many education and community institutions in Norway. She has also developed a Teaching Artist coursework giving university credits, so far being offered three times with her as the responsible teacher.

Marit is Associate Professor in Theater, with education from NTNU in Norway, the University of Minnesota, USA, and Queensland University of Technology, Australia. She has invented and researched a theater method called echo theater, and her practice-led PhD included contextual and theory studies as well as fieldwork project with students in 2 nd and 5 th degrees.

The study found that work with Echo Theater supports the development of performative and narrative competencies in students. The effectiveness of the method is dependent on the teaching artist's artistic knowledge, ability to engage and a holistic and reflective attitude towards the students.Besides being a mentor of art production, Marit has experience as a theater director, storyteller, university lecturer and conference leader. She is invited to share, teach and mentor on an international basis. Her focus is as a researcher and director of Seanse revolves around arts in education, teaching artistry, art programs in educational and social institutions, theater practice, and international relations.

Leadership Committee

Joan Parr

Scotland, Creative Scotland & ITAC Chair

Mpho Mabule

South Africa, Manager at Department of Arts and Culture Johannesburg

Chrissie Ruckley

Scotland, Creative Learning Officer for Creative Scotland

James Miles

USA, Executive Director of Arts Corps

Yonglun Liu

Singapore, Senior Manager at National Arts Council

Ines Sanguinetti

Argentina, Fundación Crear Vela La Pena

Jean E. Taylor

USA, Teaching Artist for Lincoln Center Education

Marit Ulvund

Norway, Director of Seanse ArtCenter

Eric Booth

USA, Teaching Artist Advocate and Author

Judith McLean

Australia, Queensland Performing Arts Centre

Brad Haseman


Jahyun Kim

Korea, KACES

Serin Kim Hong

Korea, KACES


Madeleine McGirk

UK, ITAC Managing Director


Jessica Howarth

Art Jewelry/Crafting, UK (Scotland)

Clara Bloomfield

Theatre, UK (Scotland)

Mary Schwarz

Artworks Alliance, UK

Jeannette Brossart

Mosaic Artist, USA

Peter Atsu Adaletey

Theatre/Dance/Poetry, Ghana

Lynne Pace Green

Theatre, USA

Amanda Acevedo

Theatre, USA

Carol Ponder

Art for Healing, USA

Sangeeta Isvaran

Dance/Storytelling, India (Chennai)

Victoria Ryle

Creative Learning, Australia (Tasmania)

Zdenka Brungot Svitekova

Dance/Theatre, Slovakia/Czech Republic

Jill Massie

Dialect/Theatre, USA

Christiana Afrikaner

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