Åsa Kalmér is a director, actor & set designer. Since her debut as a director 1991 at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, she has directed almost 50 productions for theatre, film, television, opera and radio drama. Currently her debut novel “Nude” has hit the book stores, and the photo exhibition “Scars” shows at Fotografiska Stockholm. She is one of the creators behind the HBO Max series “Lust” that opens at march 18th.
Åsa was educated at Ècole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. She started out as an actor and along with Michaela Granith she started Theatre Bouffons back in the 80:s. She has been assistant director to Ingmar Bergman on two theatre productions.
Åsas debut as an director & set designer was at The National Theatre of Sweden, Royal Dramaten, 1991 with “La nuit just avant les forêt” by Bernard Marie Koltés with actor Thorsten Flinck. Since, she has been working at most of the Swedish scenes from The Royal Dramatic Theatre, Stockholm City Theatre & The Royal Opera to the Swedish Television, Public Service Radio Theatre and Theatre Galeasen. She also directed at the Kansallis Teatteri, The Finnish National Theatre in Helsinki and the The Swedish National Theatre in Helsinki.
She has recevied the Swedish Authors’ Fund Prize 2005 for MAMMOR FÅR INTE DÖ (MOTHERS MUSTN’T DIE) by Marie Lundqvist, the Swedish Critics award 2003,
KVINNORNA VID SVANSJÖN (THE WOMEN BY THE SWAN LAKE) by Kristina Lugn, and the theatre price from the Swedish Academy 2003 for achievements working with new dramatists.
The play ПОСЛЕДНИЕ СВИДЕТЕЛИ (A PRAYER FOR CHERNOBYL) by Svetlana Aleksijevitj was chosen for the Swedish Theatre Biennale 2000.
The play ULRIKE MEINHOF’S SONG by Christopher Barnett, performed by Åsa Kalmér,
directed by Anders Carlberg was chosen for the Swedish Theatre Biennale 1994.
In 1992 she got the Nöjesguidens Prize (Entertainment guide paper, Stockholm) for
LA NUIT JUSTE AVANT LES FORÊTS (THE NIGHT JUST BEFORE THE FORESTS)
by Bernard-Marie Koltès.