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DAS Graduate School

DAS Graduate School was established in 2016 by the Academy of Theatre and Dance in order to bring its master’s, doctorate and research programmes together under one roof. DAS Theatre, DAS Choreography, DAS Creative Producing and DAS Research have joined forces to invest in the further development of education and research.

The school is based in a recently renovated building with a broad range of facilities, and the heart of the building functions as an open and welcoming locale for gatherings and meetings between the arts, science, education and society.

Faculty and Instructional Staff

  • Dr. Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca (Director DAS Graduate School)
Gwenoële Trapman (DAS Creative Producing - Artistic Director)
  • Jeroen Fabius (DAS Choreography - Artistic Director)
  • Silvia Bottiroli (DAS Theatre - Artistic Director)
  • Sher Doruff (DAS Research)

    Contact: dasgraduateschool@ahk.nl
  • Director: Dr. Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca
  • Educational support / Front-office: Yeng Nacion & Martin Brans
  • Financial coordinator: John Meijerink

Marketing & Communication: 
Hans Klijn
Technical coordinator
: Harco Haagsma
  • Technical assistance: 
Udo Akemann
  • Facility manager: Nadia Bekkers

Facility support
: Jop van Galen


Contact: dasgraduateschool@ahk.nl

  • Artistic director: Gwenoële Trapman
  • Teaching staff: 
Marijke Schaap
  • Production Coordinator: Yeng Nacion

    Contact: dascreativeproducing@ahk.nl
    More about DAS Creative Producing Staff
  • Professor / Lector & Head of DAS Graduate School: Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca
  • THIRD Head: Sher Doruff
  • THIRD Coordinator: Sanne Kersten
  • DAS Research Management assistant: Marilixe Beernink

    Contact: das-research@ahk.nl
    More about DAS Research Staff

DAS Masters & Research

DAS Theatre is a master’s programme for research-based artistic and curatorial practices in the field of theatre that is open to Dutch and international practitioners working in the performing arts as artists, curators, directors, performance makers and dramaturgs.

DAS Theatre is a full-time, two-year residential programme in which individual trajectories can benefit from a community of peers, tutors and advisors. It provides a working space, workshop sessions with guest teachers, and a broad international network.

Artists and curators come together in a programme that supports artistic and curatorial research, challenges professional boundaries and cultivates potential connections with audiences, institutions, discourses, partners and collaborators.

DAS Theatre was previously named DasArts – Master of Theatre. This institute was founded in 1994 by Ritsaert ten Cate. Read more.

Artists who have established a professional practice and are seeking possibilities for further reflection and development can increase their research skills at DAS Choreography.

The individual artistic practice is the point of departure and will be the guiding thread of the course design. This non-residential programme comprised of seminars, residencies and individual mentoring facilitates the development of an intensive and sustained dialogue. 

DAS Choreography was previously called Amsterdam Master of Choreography. DAS Choreography was founded in 2002. Before that it was called Dance Unlimited.

The world won't change itself. A statement that applies equally to the realm of the arts. There is a need for producers who are critical thinkers, possess clear views of their own, and who are not afraid to think and work beyond existing structures and disciplines.

That is why the part-time Master degree DAS Creative Producing - Entrepreneurship in the Arts was founded in September 2018. It is the first programme for creative producers in the Netherlands.

The two-year, interdisciplinary MA programme has an international outlook and is aimed at project leaders, producers, business directors, and curators who want to be creative producers and who are professionally active across the arts: in theatre, film, music, digital art, fine art, and dance.

In the course of the Master’s programme students develop their own views on the arts and on society. They study the relationship between art and the community, sustainability, inclusivity, entrepreneurship, interdisciplinary practice, and politics.

DAS Research, previously called Performing Arts in Transition research group, coordinates and supports all research groups at DAS Graduate School. The department is responsible for the development of master programmes and doctoral research.

Focusing on ‘Performing Arts in Transition’, DAS Research operates at the heart of innovation and raises DAS Graduate School's profile as an expert community. DAS Research is responsible for initiating cross-programme activities and designing specific programmes that may involve external researchers and institutions.

The programme supports and supervises research into artistic, cultural and societal transitions that impact on existing working methods – and by extension on performing artists’ values, knowledge and choice-making.

The research focuses on three domains: Artistic research in the 3rdCycle (THIRD), Embodied Knowledge in Theatre and Dance and Creative Producing.


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