TNL in English
Founded in 1920, TNL has served as the official Association for Amateur and Professional Theatres in Finland.
The current activities of the Association focus on educational activities, theatre events, the supervision of the interests of our member theatres, the provision of information and international activities. TNL also provides advice and assistance to its member theatres regarding any questions or problems related to the activities of the Association, and general advice, guidance and information on matters related to the field of theatrical arts.
TNL has altogether approximately 190 member theatres. TNL publishes four printed newsletters each year for its members and a general e-newsletter each month.
TNL is a member of, among others, the following international organisations: ITI (International Theatre Institute), NTU (Nordic Theatre Union), Pohjola-Norden Association, AITA/IATA (International Amateur Theatre Association), NEATA (North European Amateur Theatre Alliance), ASSITEJ (International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People) and NAR (Nordic Amateur Theatre Council).
TNL organises the following theatre festivals each year:
Mikkeli Amateur Theatre Festival
(each year in January)
Established in 1976, the Mikkeli Amateur Theatre Festival is a high-standard and open national amateur theatre festival that is organized on an annual basis. Each year 10-15 Finnish and 1-3 foreign groups are selected to participate in the festival. The performances are selected by a random jury each year.
Contact information: Producer Emmi Nykänen emmi.nykanen(at)tnl.fi
KUULAS – International Children’s Theatre Festival
(each year in May)
The year 2017 marked the 30 anniversary of the International Children’s Theatre Festival organised by the Association of Amateur and Professional Theatres in Finland (TNL) together with the City of Kouvola and Kuusankoski Theatre.
This annual festival hosts performances by 1-3 foreign theatre groups and approx. 10 Finnish amateur and professional theatre groups. The festival also includes, among other events, workshops for children and adults, as well as a seminar on topical issues related to children’s culture.
Contact information: Producer Mikko Väänänen mikko[at]tnl.fi
Contact information: Producer Päivi Hämäläinen paivi(at)tnl.fi
The office of the TNL-Association for Amateur and Professional Theatres in Finland is located in Theatre Corner, in the Kruununhaka district of Helsinki.
When sending e-mail to the Association, please replace the ‘[at]’symbol in the e-mail address with the ‘@’ symbol.
Executive Director Annukka Ruuskanen
Tel. +358 (0)50-540 3802 annukka.ruuskanen[at]tnl.fi
Organisational and theatrical policies, administration,
communications, international activities
Association Secretary/Producer Mikko Väänänen
Membership issues, educational activities, event production
Producer Päivi Vuorinen
Press relations, event production