Kirjan Waage was born in Haugesund, Norway. He is a graduate of the University of Bologna (Dottore) and the two year program at Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq. While in Paris, he began crafting stuffed animals and from there expanded to puppets. His puppets have become an integral part of the theatre of Wakka Wakka.
Waage is a founding member and co-artistic director of Wakka Wakka. In addition to making the puppets, he has performed in, co-written and co-directed all of the company’s past works.
Outside of Wakka Wakka, he has designed and built puppets for the Arctic Opera, Riksteatret, and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. Kirjan is also a published cartoonist.
WAKKA WAKKA is a visual theatre company based in NYC and Oslo. Their mission is to push the boundaries of the imagination by creating works that are bold, unique and unpredictable. Since 2001 Wakka Wakka has created and produced eleven original works of theatre which have toured extensively throughout the US and abroad. All of Wakka Wakka’s productions have been highly physical, overlapping in a wide range of styles and incorporating elements such as puppetry, object manipulation, masks and original music. Wakka Wakka has been honored with a Drama Desk Award, an Obie Award and two UNIMA Citations of Excellence. Additionally, the company’s work has been nominated for four Drama Desk Awards, a Helen Hayes Award and a Hewes Design Award. Currently, Wakka Wakka is building “Radioactive”, a new project in a co-production with the Nordland Visual Theatre, which will be workshopped in 2019 at the Princeton Atelier. Learn more at wakkawakka.org