ABOUT

"An amazing natural talent, which we are going to hear a lot from."

- Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz , world renowned operatic soprano , HA Newspaper

Magnus grew up in Ilseng, a small town in Norway. At an early age he was recognized for his voice and acting talent and he worked in his first professional production at the age of eight, performing with the theater company 'Hedmark Teater' in their millennium trilogy placed in the ruins of old Hamar Cathedral.

Magnus has been doing music and theater his whole life. He started singing in Hamar Cathedral's Boys Choir at the age of six, he started taking piano lessons at the age of seven and he was in various youth theater groups from a very young age. After making headlines for his rendition of 'Anthem' from Chess when he was only 13, he continued in the musical theater direction. Through companies in Hamar and Oslo he has performed on some of Norway's most famous theater stages, in shows like 'Back to the 80s', 'Annie' and 'Hair', alongside working as a freelance singer and performer.

After a successful audition he was accepted at the music department at "Stange videregående skole" (a High School of Performing Arts) where he graduated in 2011. That same year he made his big move to London for the first year of his BA (Hons) in Performance (Musical Theatre) at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. In 2014 he graduated from Mountview where The Producers, Half a Sixpence and Spring Awakening were all part of his final year productions. Most notably he played the lead in Yusupov, a new musical written by Kit Hesketh-Harvey and James McConnel, as his final Mountview production. After graduating he went straight on to a job for BBC/Lime Pictures as a guest star on the BAFTA nominated children's drama Rocket's Island and later relocated to NYC. While in NYC he has worked on two feature films, Big House and Alterscae, and the Emmy winning and OScar nominated documentary Jim: The James Foley Story that aired on HBO. He was also a lead in the television pilot 'Truth Slash Fiction' that has been selected and won awards at SeriesFest in Denver, ITVFest in Vermont and New York Television Festival.

Magnus has been active on the musical theater cabaret scene in New York City performing at the Duplex, the Laurie Beechman Theatre, the Triad, Birdland and Feinstein's/54 Below. Magnus is also the co-founder and Excecutive Director of NexGen Youth Theatre, a training ground for young actors that do fully produced youth productions in Manhattan.

© 2019 by MAGNUS TONNING RIISE.

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