Tiina Puumalainen

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Tiina Puumalainen (born 1966) is a Finnish theatre director and a playwright. She has directed drama, opera and musicals for the stage.

Theatre director person overseeing the mounting of a theatre production

A theatre director or stage director is an instructor in the theatre field who oversees and orchestrates the mounting of a theatre production by unifying various endeavours and aspects of production. The director's function is to ensure the quality and completeness of theatre production and to lead the members of the creative team into realizing their artistic vision for it. The director thereby collaborates with a team of creative individuals and other staff, coordinating research, stagecraft, costume design, props, lighting design, acting, set design, stage combat, and sound design for the production. If the production is a new piece of writing or a (new) translation of a play, the director may also work with the playwright or a translator. In contemporary theatre, after the playwright, the director is generally the principle visionary, making decisions on the artistic conception and interpretation of the play and its staging. Different directors occupy different places of authority and responsibility, depending on the structure and philosophy of individual theatre companies. Directors use a wide variety of techniques, philosophies, and levels of collaboration.


Education: Master of Arts in directing, Helsinki Theatre Academy 1995-1999

A Master of Arts is a person who was admitted to a type of master's degree awarded by universities in many countries, and the degree is also named Master of Arts in colloquial speech. The degree is usually contrasted with the Master of Science. Those admitted to the degree typically study linguistics, history, communication studies, diplomacy, public administration, political science, or other subjects within the scope of the humanities and social sciences; however, different universities have different conventions and may also offer the degree for fields typically considered within the natural sciences and mathematics. The degree can be conferred in respect of completing courses and passing examinations, research, or a combination of the two.

Helsinki Theatre Academy drama school in Finland

The Theatre Academy is one of the three academies of the University of the Arts Helsinki and offers education in theatre and dance. It is Finland's largest education provider in its field and, with the exception of acting, the only one in the country. In September 2014, there were 349 students at TeaK: 315 in the bachelor and master programmes, and the remaining 34 were studying for a licentiate or doctoral degree.

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Libretto: Pohjanmaan kautta / The Bootleggers, Ilmajoki Opera 2003 & 2004 Play: Isyyspakkaus / Daddy's manual, Alexander's Theatre Helsinki 2012 Script editor / writer / director also for several independent productions

Puumalainen was the theatre manager of Seinäjoki City Theatre for 1999-2001 and the artistic manager of Alexander's Theatre [1] 2005-2012.


The Order of the Lion of Finland, knight first class, 2009[ citation needed ]

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