Born in 1944, in Oslo, she was one of the five young people who agreed to work with the then unknown Eugenio Barba in Oslo in 1964. Else Marie followed the group to Holstebro, Denmark. Her experiences as an actor are published in “The Actor’s Way”, At the same time as she was performing with Odin Teatret, Else Marie worked as director for Teatret Marquez in Aarhus, Denmark, from 1981 to 1991, and from 1993 to 2004. As an actress Else Marie has also collaborated with Teatro Tascabile di Bergamo (Italy) in 1996. She worked as a freelance director with Munin Teatret (Denmark) in 1997, Teatro Actores Alidos (Italy) in 1999, Rogo Teatro (Italy) in 2002, Associazione Culturale Teatro dell’Albero (Italy) in 2003.
Else Marie Laukvik toured Australia and New Zealand in 2004 as director of the performance Ingeborg Stuckenberg, Teatret Marquez, giving lectures at universities about Odin Teatret’s history. Else Marie worked as director with the musical trio Kabaret Wagon, making “En tu pequeña vida” in 2005, and “The Monkey Orchestra”, a performance for children, in 2006. In 2007, she directed the cabaret erformance “Hungry Tigers” with the new theater duo Mia & Max. Else Marie Laukvik has created “My Stage Children”, a performance which presents all her stage characters through film fragments. In 2013 it started the collaboration with Itinera, a Colombian company with the performance “metaMORPHEOsis”.