Torgeir was introduced to theatre when he was eight years old. He was only eleven years old when he began to earn money performing on a traditional stage.
At seventeen he took part in a popular movie. This was also the time when Torgeir met Eugenio Barba and became a founding member of Odin Teatret. He was nineteen when he moved from Norway to Denmark with Eugenio Barba and the rest of Odin Teatret. Here he lived and worked until the day he died on Sunday 27 June 2010. He was 63 years old.