Who are Moomsteatern
Moomsteatern produces stage art with actors who are breaking the norm. We want you who visit our theatre in order to have an unique theatrical experience. We use the form of the theatre to challenge people´s way of thinking and to create a dialogue. Our aim is to challenge the performing arts by creating theatre with actors with all kinds of variety.
We work with actors with variations integrated with actors without diagnoses, on equal terms. This means that we employ actors with variations on the same terms as other professional actors. We work with theatre, not with care. This means that our actors with intellectual functional variations are given the opportunity to focus on and develop within their profession.
We aim to produce thought provoking and relevant stories with a different voice. Stories that only we can tell. Our repertoire is varied and often surprising, and we try to work against the stereotypes concerning casting and in terms of which roles we portray. Hopefully this gives the audience tools for reflection.
Moomsteatern is a workplace with warmth, emotions and an abundance of energy. Everyone works together and are one hundred percent committed to achieving our main goal: to make great theatre with the audience in focus. In order to create this we believe in a workplace were we focus on each individual´s strenghts and possibilities.
We are constantly growing and developing.
Is Moomsteatern a day care facility?
No, Moomsteatern is a professional theatre.
Do the actors get a salary?
Everyone who is permanently employed at the theatre is paid in accordance to a collective agreement. This includes the actors in our permanent ensemble.
What disabilities do the actors have?
The actors in the permanent ensemble have different kinds of disabilities, for example Down syndrome, Aspergers syndrome, Noonans syndrome and ADHD. Not all of them have a stated diagnosis (and we believe that there is more important things to ponder about).
How do I get an employment at Moomsteatern?
Send your CV to us by email, tell us about yourself and what kind of job you are looking for. You will then be included in the selection the next time we look for a new employee. You will find our email and phone number under “Contact”.
Where do I buy tickets to your shows?
When we play in Malmö; at our ticket agent Kulturcentralen. You can reach them by phone at (0046) 040 – 10 30 20 or book at their homepage http://www.kulturcentralen.nu If available, you can buy tickets at the door.
Are there any dining posibilities?
During our evening and weekend performances we offer coffee and tea for sale. During the daytime, restaurant MAT is open and offers coffee, tea, soft drinks, cakes and food.
If I am delayed to a show, what do I do?
In order not to disturb the actors or the experience for the rest of the audience, it is important to arrive on time for the performance. Whether you can be admitted to enter late or not depends on the nature of the performance. Contact our ushers on site for information and assistance.
Why are you called Moomsteatern?
When the theatre started it was as a part of Malmö care activities “Malmö Omsorg”. The name is therefore an abbreviation of precisely Malmö Omsorg, and was at the start spelled with one O. When our first logotype was created an extra O was inserted, but the name is still pronounced with a short vowel, as if there were only one O.
The history of Moomsteatern
Moomsteatern was founded in 1987 by Kjell Stjernholm in cooperation with Studieförbundet Vuxenskolan. The idea was to start a theatre group for people with learning disabilities, without any educational or therapeutic goals as the primary purpose. It was to be a theatre group with solely artistic goals, producing theatre for the audience and not for the participants. Just as any other theatre.
In 1992 Moomsteatern became a day care centre in Malmö with a permanent full-time ensemble within the care framework. It was a great success, because at this time it was unusual for day care centres to work with theatre. 13 persons with intellectual disabilities became full-time actors. However, they were still working under the same conditions as everyone else in care, with early retirement and a “paycheck” at SEK 26 a day. A democratic organisation was built in which the actors were given the power to decide which projects to implement and the opportunity to fire the artistic leader and hire a guest director if they so desired. Moomsteatern caught the attention of the newspapers, and after a couple of years the theatre was reviewed in the same way as the city´s established theatres.
In 2003 Moomsteatern staged “Speciells evangelium”, a musical where Jesus is reborn in modern times and turns out to have Downs syndrome. The performance was a huge success and had over 70 employees. There were 45 artists from 17 different nations on stage, and all of them had market-based salaries. Or no, not all of them. The 13 actors with functional variations that enabled the project still received SEK 26 a day. This in a performance about equality. “We won´t let this happen again”, said Moomsteatern.
Here was the basis for Moomsteaterns new design. The actor with functional variations who performs his work with full artistic quality should receive equal pay for equal work. Moomsteatern no longer contributes to the system of discrimination against people with disabilities.
Five of the actors from the ensemble were selected and further educated at the Theatre Academy in Malmö. In 2005, they were hired according to the agreement of the Theatre Association, on the same terms as actors without functional variations. On stage they work integrated with guest actors who have many years of experience in the field.
1998 Kvällsposten’s Thalia Award to director Kjell Stjernholm for Den lilla människan
2004 Academy of Skåne Diploma
2007 The Knowledge Award, from Swedish National Encyclopedia
2009 Actor Pierre Björkman receive the UPP award from the Swedish Down Society
2016 The Intra award, from The Swedish National Association for People with Intellectual Disability
2016 Malmö City Arts award
2019 Michael Nyqvist Foundation Award
2020 Ernst and Ella Skoog’s Scholarship