Thomas Thomassen

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Thomas Thomassen (19 November 1878 - 7 January 1962) was a Norwegian actor, director and theater manager.

A theater manager, also called a general manager, managing director, or intendant, is the administrator of a theater. She or he often also has the responsibilities of an artistic director but in any case oversees all administrative, marketing, production, and financial functions of their theater. They often report to a board and must have excellent communication skills, the ability to work independently, and strong organizational capacity. They must also have experience with budget creation and management, planning, budgeting/financial tracking, contract management, accounting, and schedule tracking.

Thomassen was born in Tønsberg, Norway. He was the son of Thomas Marthinius Thomassen (1845–1925) and Laura Christine Thoresen (1847–1931). He made his stage debut in 1900 at Centralteatret. He served as theatre director of Stavanger Faste Scene from 1918 to 1921, and of Den Nationale Scene in Bergen from 1925 to 1931. [1] [2] [3]

Tønsberg Municipality in Vestfold, Norway

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Centralteatret is a theatre on Akersgata in the city centre of Oslo, Norway.

Rogaland Teater theatre in Stavanger, Norway

Rogaland Teater is a theatre in Stavanger, Norway.

He chaired the Norwegian Actors' Equity Association from 1915 to 1918, and from 1924 to 1925. [4]

The Norwegian Actors' Equity Association is an association of Norwegian actors. Its main purpose is to improve actors' working conditions and to protect the artistic, judicial and financial interests of actors in Norway. The association was established in 1898, after an initiative from actor Sigurd Asmundsen at a birthday party in 1897, followed by a preparatory meeting in April 1898, and a constituent meeting 27 October 1898. The first chairman was Sigvard Gundersen, with Johanne Dybwad as vice chairman, and Christian Sandal as first secretary. Important issues during the early years were contractual conditions, pensions, and regulation of foreign ensembles. The association's first Honorary member was actor and later theatrical director Bjørn Bjørnson, nominated in May 1900.

In 1904, he was married to Ingebjørg Klafstad (1878–1961) and was the father of actor-director Knut Thomassen (1921–2002). [2] [5]

Knut Thomassen was a Norwegian actor and theatre director. He made his stage debut at Det Nye Teater in Oslo in 1941. He served as theatre director of Den Nationale Scene from 1967 to 1976. He was an active participant in organizational work, and chaired National and Scandinavian theatre associations for many years. He was decorated Knight, First Class of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav in 1976, and received the Hedda Honorary Award in 1990.

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  1. "Thomas Christian Thomassen". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2 June 2010.
  2. 1 2 Kvalvik, Bent. "Thomas Thomassen". In Helle, Knut (ed.). Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2 June 2010.
  3. "Stavanger Faste Scene". Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  4. Hjorth-Jenssen, Egil (1948). Norsk Skuespillerforbund gjennom 50 år, 1898-1948 (in Norwegian). Oslo: Gyldendal.
  5. Julie Rongved Amundsen. "Knut Thomassen". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
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Preceded by
Christian Sandal
Director of the Den Nationale Scene
Succeeded by
Karl Bergmann