Eline Arbo

Eline Arbo is Artistic Director at ITA since September 2023. Previously (2022 - 2023) she was already linked to ITA as Associate Artistic Director. From January ‘23, Arbo will be appointed Ibsen Artist in Residence, an initiative of the Philip Loubser Foundation, which gives directors with an international ambition the opportunity to develop themselves artistically.

In season 23|24 her directions of Prima Facie (Suzie Miller) and The Laws (Connie Palmen) will premiere at ITA and her directions of Penthesilea and The Hours will be reprised.


Arbo (1986) comes from Norway. After studying Theatre Studies at the University of Oslo, Arbo moved to Amsterdam for her studies at the Directing course at the Theaterschool Amsterdam, which she successfully completed in 2016.Her debut at Toneelschuur Productions was with Goethe's classic The Passion of Young Werther. It earned her the 2018 BNG Bank Theater Prize and the 2018 Toneelkijkers Award in The Hague. After this, she directed the much-discussed The Revolutionaries, about the ideas of Albert Camus. In 2020, she directed the hit novel The End of Eddy by Édouard Louis (Winner of the 2020 Directing Prize). A play that was widely acclaimed as the best play of season 2019/2020, and for which she also received the Toneelkijkersprijs 2020 in The Hague. As a collective, the four actors were nominated for the Louis d'Or. Her last production at Toneelschuur Productions was Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov. In addition, she also directed several performances at the Noord Nederlands Toneel, including Roland Schimmelpfennig's successful Zwart Water, which toured the country in 2019.

In addition to her work in the Netherlands, Arbo has also directed several performances in Norway, including Henrik Ibsen's Hærmennene på Helgeland which premiered at the Nationaltheatret in Oslo during the Ibsen Festival 2018. The production has been invited to play at Frankfurt Schauspielhaus. Also in 2019, she directed Henrik Ibsen's large production Peer Gynt, which was acclaimed by press and audiences. In addition, she directed the large production Maria Stewart by Schiller, which premiered in January 2021, and Jane Eyre, after the classic by Charlotte Brontë, in 2022.

In January 2021, Arbo won the prestigious Mary Dresselhuys award for her work in recent years.

In recent years in the Netherlands she directed among others The Hours (2021) by Michael Cunningham at ITA, The Years (2022) by Annie Ernaux (Nobel Prize winner 2022) at Het Nationale Theater, and Penthesilea (2023) by Heinrich von Kleist and Prima Facie (2023) by Suzie Miller.

In 2024 Timerne, her remake of The Hours, premieres at Det Kongelige Teater Kobenhavn, and her adapation of the Connie Palmen's debut novel The Laws premieres at Internationaal Theater Amsterdam.


Language NP Language no problem Prima Facie ITA–Ensemble Theater Prima Facie
Close Prima Facie ITA Ensemble / Eline Arbo
28 Nov '23 to 14 Jun '24
Prima Facie is a cutting monologue that caused a stir on West End and Broadway, and has been broadcast worldwide in cinemas by National Theatre Live.
Language NP Language no problem The Hours
ITA–Ensemble Theater The Hours
Close The Hours ITA Ensemble / Eline Arbo
Eline Arbo brings De uren (The Hours), the novel by Michael Cunningham, to the stage.