Steinunn Knúts-Önnudóttir

Doctoral StudentKnown as name: Steinunn Hildigunnur Knúts ÖnnudóttirFormer name: Steinunn Knútsdóttir

Research

The title of my PhD project is "How Little Is Enough? - Sustainable Methods of Performance for Transformative Encounters".

Within the project I will explore sustainable methods of creating transformative encounters with an audience through participatory and site-specific artworks, with a particular focus on how minimal and sustainable the framework for the encounter can be.

The project is rooted in my artistic practice of more than 20 years, my degree in theology and most recently my practice as a life coach. Throughout my practice I have been interested in creating a meaningful dialogue with my audience, acknowledging that what they bring to the performance is part of the actual content of the artwork. My aim is to bring these pre-existing participatory practices and sustainable questions into conversation with a wide range of other fields of practice that invite participants to engage with issues related to their own values and give them space to co-create and reflect in ways that lead to potentially transformative and revelatory experiences.

The practice is anchored in a sustainable production ethos and a genuine interest in engaging an audience in a profound dialogue around quality of life.

Professional work

After finishing a BA in theology from University of Iceland Steinunn trained as an
actor in Denmark, and studied theatre direction in the UK and Russia. Steinunn has
worked with various theatre groups as director, writer, dramaturge and performer in
Denmark, England and Iceland. Steinunn has mainly focused on progressive, cutting
edge theatre, crossing the borders between disciplines, participating in many
research projects. Steinunn is the artistic director of The Professional Amateurs and
the Webtheatre Room 408 www.herbergi408.is. Her work has played in Reykjavik,
Copenhagen, New York and Vienna, on the world wide web, on television and in
radio among other places. Steinunn was a dramaturge at the City Theatre in
Reykjavik for three years and a part time drama lecturer at Iceland Univesity of the
Arts from 2001. She was the Dean of the Department of Performing Arts at IUA 2011 – 2020. Steinunn has published two books about her work in 2010 and 2015.