Alan Øyen is a director, playwright and choreographer. After graduating as a dancer from the State School of Art in Oslo in 2001, Øyen quickly turned to choreographing and staging his own works. By 2006, he had established his own company, winter guests, an ensemble of highly skilled performers, writing, staging and touring theatrical works in English for the international stage.
Øyen has won several awards, both for his choreographic works as well as his theatre productions. In 2014, Coelacanth–a six-hour-long play, co-written by British playwright and director Andrew Wale–won him the prestigious HEDDA Award for Best Original Play at the Norwegian Theatre Awards, as well as three other nominations including Best Director and Best Play.
As , Øyen is given the space and freedom for himself and his company winter guests, to make groundbreaking theatre and dance performances in the Norwegian Opera House.
Besides his work for winter guests, Alan is also artist-in-residence with the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and commissioned to create work for companies in Norway and abroad. His production if we shadows have offended for the Gothenburg Opera received great critical acclaim when it premiered in March 2015. In 2017, Øyen directed Lars Norén's Som Lauvet i Vallombrosa at Det Norske Teatret, and created Kodak for the Gothenburg Opera. He was one of the first two guest choreographers commissioned to create a full-length piece for the renowned Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, which premiered in June 2018. At the same year, Øyen was awarded the Wilhelmsens Opera og Ballettpris Award for challenging the traditional opera and ballet context with his original theatre works. Øyen and winter guests has been generously supported by the Norwegian Arts Council since 2004.