Toneelmakerij is always on the move. We make bold, high-quality theatre for young audiences, and we do it with love for language, cross-disciplinary experimentation and social engagement. As well as performing in small and medium-sized theatres, we take our plays into the classroom, where the experience and sense of connection is at its most intensive and intimate. We also make site-specific productions, and we are active in local districts of Amsterdam and at summer festivals.
Major changes are underway in the company. On 1 January 2019, our artistic director Liesbeth Coltof will be passing the baton to director Paul Knieriem – and long-standing in-house writer and actor Roel Adam will also be leaving. Knieriem will gradually take over more of Coltof’s responsibilities over the course of 2017 and 2018, and from January 2019 he will assume full responsibility for leading the company. He will continue to build on Toneelmakerij’s outstanding artistic foundations.
In tune with the times
Toneelmakerij makes plays that are in tune with the times. They concern a world in which the many competing voices are open to multiple interpretations. Toneelmakerij creates a liberated zone where issues can be explored with humour; where everyone can see themselves reflected – no matter what their educational, social or cultural background.Read more >>
International collaboration is part of Toneelmakerij’s DNA. We love performing our plays outside the Netherlands and artistic exchange with theatre makers beyond our borders is a major focus and passion.Read more >>
Connecting through language
Toneelmakerij believes in the connecting power of words. Language lets us hear, comprehend and critique one another’s stories. Our commitment to working exclusively with text-based forms of theatre means makes us unique among Dutch companies producing plays for young people.Read more >>
Toneelmakerij’s audience come from all over the world and they are at the heart of our society. This hybrid group is accustomed to the mixing up of music, dance, film, fashion, games, media and social action. Toneelmakerij’s plays reflect this interdisciplinary tendency; they draw inspiration from it and they engage with it.Read more >>
Toneelmakerij develops theatre for young people through a variety of programmes such as the European Writers Lab. In addition, Toneelmakerij offers internships to actors, dramaturges, drama teachers, assistant directors, technicians, designers, and production and marketing personnel.Read more >>