Ivar Sverrisson started acting on stage when he was 9 years old, playing various roles in some of the most successful musicals at the time in Reykjavik. Following that he played Gavroche in Les Miserablés at the National Theater of Iceland and the Artful Dodger in Oliver Twist, the Musical. That was the start of his prolific juvenile career where he played various large roles in theater, films and on television. He took some years off from acting when he was a teenager and focused mainly on playing basketball and pursued a career as a professional basketball player. He spent a year as an exchange student in Mexico when he was 18 and learned to speak Spanish fluently. After high school he decided to audition for the National Acting School in Reykjavik. He was accepted and graduated in 2002 with a 4 year BfA University degree.
At acting school he got acquainted with contemporary dance and got totally hooked on the idea and possibilities of the dance form and the idea of mixing dance into physical stage acting. He took a 2-year course alongside his studies at the Icelandic Ballet School in the evenings. He also took ballroom dancing classes at his aunt´s dance school on weekends. Since graduating he has worked both in traditional theater, contemporary dance and dance-theater.
His first role after graduating was Hamlet performing in the Municipal Theater of Akureyri, directed by former National Theater Artistic Director Sveinn Einarsson. He was nominated as Actor of the Year in 2003 for the Gríma theater prize. He was offered a contract with the National Theater in Reykjavik where he took part in performances for several years. In 2010 he moved to Norway and has been making a name for himself in the art scene since then. Living in Oslo he has had roles at the Norwegian Opera, the National Theater and with prominent independent theater groups such as Jo Strømgren Kompani (http://www.jskompani.no) and Grusomhetensteater (Theater of Cruelty – http://www.grusomhetensteater.no).
Complete theater cv:
2016, Actor/Dancer Virus Jo Strømgren Kompani / Jo Strømgren
2015, Actor/Dancer There Jo Strømgren Kompani / Jo Strømgren
2014, Actor The Flying Dutchman Norwegian Opera / Andreas Homoki
2014, Actor Kjøkkenet Jo Strømgren Kompani / Jo Strømgren
2013, Actor Ronja Røverdatter National Theatre / Cecilie Mosli
2013, Actor/Dancer Salome Norwegian Opera / Stefan Herheim
2013, Actor/Dancer Spotterscope Teaterkompaniet Memento / Ingvild Marie Lien
2013, Actor/Dancer The Border / Grensen Jo Strømgren Kompani / Jo Strømgren
2013, Actor Jeg har aldri Voicebox Theatre Oslo / Cecile Mosli
2012, Martial artist/Dancer Aida Norwegian Opera / David McVicar
2011, Physical theaterWhat A Glorious Day! Grusomhetens Teater / Lars Øyno
2010, Opera Eugene Onegin Norwegian Opera / Jakup Korcak
2010, Dance theater Brothers National Theater / Lára Stefánsdóttir
2009, Siamese twin Museum of the Sea National Theater Iceland / Arthur Naucyziel
2009, Butcher Kardemomme byen National Theater Iceland / Selma Björnsd
2006, Padraic The Lieutenant of Inishmore City Theater Akureyri / Magnús Geir
2006, Odin Gunnladarsaga Kvenf.Garpur / Þórhildur Þorleifsdóttir
2005, Joseph By The Bog of Cats National Theater Iceland / Edda Bachman
2004, Arthur The Little Girl With The Matches Icelandic Opera / Ástrós Gunnarsd.
2003, Murderer Richard III National Theater Iceland / Rimas Thuminas
2003, The Boy Our Boy National Theater Iceland / Hilmar Jónsson
2002, Bear An Ordinary Miracle Theater of Akureyri / Vladimir Bouchler
2002, Hamlet Hamlet Theater of Akureyri / Sveinn Einarsson
2002, Bassianus Titus Andronikus Vesturport / Björn Hlynur
1992, Lost in Yonkers City Theater / Hallmar Sigurðsson
1989, Artful Dodger Oliver Twist National Theater Iceland / Benedikt Árnason
1987, Gavroche Les Miserábles National Theater Iceland / Benedikt Árnason