Tinna Gunnlaugsdóttir graduated as an actor with a B.F.A. in acting and performance from the Department of Performing Arts, Iceland Academy of the Arts in 1978. She was an actress at the National Theatre of Iceland for 25 years. Meanwhile she has also appeared in many Icelandic films, as well as Nordic co-productions, and has achieved numerous nominations and awards for her acting both nationally and internationally. Ms. Gunnlaugsdóttir has also worked as a director and assistant director in theater, TV, and films; written plays for radio and independent theater groups; and written and directed films and documentaries for television. In the field of cultural policy, Ms. Gunnlaugsdóttir was a member of the executive board of the National Theatre from 1988–96, elected president of the Federation of Icelandic Artists, BIL, from 1998 to 2004, on the Film Board of the Icelandic Film Centre from 2002–05, and a vice member on the board of the Trade Council of Iceland from 2003–05. She has also been engaged in cultural policy abroad, as a president of the Nordic Council of Artists in 2000 and vice president of ECA, European Council of Artists in 2002–04. Ms. Gunnlaugsdóttir earned a master's degree in human and business administration (M.B.A.) from the University of Reykjavik in 2005. She was appointed the artistic director of the National Theatre in Iceland the same year, and has held the post since. She has been awarded the honorary Falcon-medal (Fálfkaorðan) by the president of Iceland for her cultural work. She is married to composer and actor Egill Ólafsson, and they have three children.
Current as of March 2014