SKH turns ten

SKH is celebrating ten years as a university college with a whole year of retrospection and foresight.
A logo for the ten-year anniversary with balloons flying behind it.

A decade ago, in 2014, the former Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, the University College of Opera and the School of Dance and Circus merged into a single organisation, Stockholm University of the Arts. A lot has happened since then, and both the world of arts and SKH have gone through major, exciting changes.

On this page we collect links, articles and events that in various ways relate to the ten years of SKH and the centuries-long history of education that preceded its merger. But we also take the opportunity to look ahead, at ideas, plans and visions for the future of SKH. Because our history has really only just begun.

    • Portrait of Paula

      Interview: Paula Crabtree leaving as Vice-chancellor

      When SKH was formed in 2014, the choice to lead its transformation fell, for the first time in Swedish higher education history, on someone who wasn’t a Swedish citizen. Now a ten-year veteran, when she passes on the reins on 1 August it’s for a school that’s reached significant stability.
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      Alumni interview: Wiktor Sundqvist

      Having focused solely on singing, Wiktor Sundqvist discovered theatre and applied to the University College of Opera to combine the two. Today he freelances and sings at all the major opera houses in Sweden.
    • Two people examining a document

      How SKH got to award doctorates

      When SKH was established in 2014, it was explicitly to be big enough to have its own doctoral education. But would it be able to cope with the pressure when no other independent arts academy had been granted that before?
    • Rhiannon is lying on a floor in a split position, looking into the camera

      Alumni interview: Rhiannon Cave-Walker

      Rhiannon Cave-Walker grew up in Byron Bay Australia and was determined to be a professional acrobat and circus artist from a very young age. She is now a member of the renown Australian circus company CIRCA Contemporary Circus, with which she tours and make shows with.
    • SKH celebrated 10 year anniversary and outgoing vice-chancellor

      Throughout its ten years of existence, the university has been led by Vice-Chancellor Paula Crabtree. Now that she is handing over the reins, her and SKH’s 10 years were celebrated with a big party showcasing the best the university has to offer.
    • Stefan in a white shirt, close-up.

      Alumni interviews: Stefan Hansen

      Stefan Hansen was drawn to working behind the scenes in the theatre as a young man, the first in his family to want to work in the arts. Today he is CEO of Unga Klara, Sweden’s national theatre for children and young people, a path that took him through SKH and a degree in performing arts production.
    • Four circus artists perform teeterboard on stage

      Circus after 10 years at SKH: “A revolutionary programme”

      When SKH was founded in 2014 the circus subject was still finding its footing. Now, it has grown to encompass its own PhDs, a master’s degree and a plethora of individual courses. As a proper academic unit, can it retain its rebellious specificity?
    • A portrait image on a street.

      The Vice-Rector for Research passes the baton

      Cecilia Roos is leaving her post as vice-rector after overseeing research for just over eight years, a period in which artistic research at SKH has changed profoundly. She tells us more in an interview.
    • Anna Karin Ståhle dancing in the D building

      Anna Karin has been at SKH for more than 50 years

      It takes many people to make a school like SKH work: students, teachers, administrators, management support and much more. But there is probably only one person who has held all these roles: Anna Karin Ståhle, who is now (perhaps) finally retiring.
    • The graduating class of the bachelor’s programme in mime acting

      Unga Klara hires the entire mime acting graduating class

      This year’s graduation performance in mime acting means a step into a professional career for the students. They are guided there by a group of experienced SKH alumni – and in the autumn, they will be employed as proper actors.
  • Lesson in scenic presentation. for commissary Nils Personne, from the Marriage of Figaro, Emil Lindholm, Greta Smedberg, Signe Enwall, Stina Nordström, Ragnar Billberg.

    SKH:s history

    This more-than-a-century-old photograph of teacher Nils Personne and his students at the Royal Dramatic Theatre’s student academy is the oldest one we have in the SKH archives. But by that point, our predecessors were already well-established schools, among the oldest higher education institutions in Stockholm. On this page, you can read more about how SKH ended up where it is today, from the days of Gustav III and into the future.
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