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Support fund for activities that are not foreseen by the government. The Stichting Fondsen de Theaterschool explicitly has the objective of acquiring new funds and strengthening the objectives of the affiliated funds.

For more detailed information we refer to the Dutch version of the website.

The Funds, Prizes and Foundations that fall under the ATD Fund are:

The Top Naeff Prize is the oldest theater student prize in the country and is awarded on an irregular basis to a promising student graduating from the Academy of Theater and Dance.

Top Naeff Prize jury members: Jeroen de Beer, Sabrina van Halderen, Lois Maat, Christiaan Mooij, Santino Slootweg.


Award ceremony Top Naeff Prijs for Teun Donders and Jasper Stoop, photo: Jeroen de Beer

The grant is named after André Veltkamp, director of de Theaterschool from 1997 to 2010. The André Veltkamp Grant is intended for graduation production of the Academy of Theatre and Dance that distinguishes itself through its engagement with society today and warrants an audience outside the Academy of Theatre and Dance. There is special focus on the craftsmanship of the maker, individuality, intensity and authenticity.

The winner receives a sum of € 1.000 and made to measure productional support for the continuation of the production. Among other parties, the prize has been made possible by the Pisuisse Prijs Fonds.

The first grant ceremony was in 2015. Charlotte Lap, theatre maker and widow of André Veltkamp and Valerie Veltkamp, André's daughter, handed out the award to Liliane Brakema. In 2016 the grant was awarded to Samira Elagoz and in 2017 to the makers of the performance De Louteringsberg. In 2018 is the André Veltkamp grant was awarded to the Mime graduates 2018 for the graduation performance Paradijsvertraging. In 2019   Een Carnaval received the André Veltkamp Grant, in 2020 the performance Becoming by Bodine Sutorius.

André Veltkamp Beurs jury members: Floortje Bakkeren, Gemma van Kruijsbergen, Charlotte Lap, Erik Lint, Daphne Richter, Laurens Runderkamp, Dorothea Sinnema.

Award Ceremony André Velkamp Grant for 'Becoming' to Bodine Sutorius, photo: Jeroen de Beer

The Aart Janszen Fund wants to facilitate young dancers and choreographers with financial contributions in the making process of new work. The Aart Janszen Fund arises from the accumulated capital of Stichting Beheer.

The Aart Janszen Fund, named after the driving force behind PapaverStudios, is committed to stimulating the development of new and innovative work. In the coming period, the scheme of the Aart Janszen Fund will be shaped in consultation with the ATD.

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oprichtingsbijeenkomst, foto: Jeroen de Beer

In financing their study many Academy of Theatre and Dance students have been hit hard by recent tuition fee restrictions. More often than in other disciplines, our students have already followed another bachelor or master study before embarking on a course in dance or theatre. For foreign students from outside the European Union a study is often too expensive.

Students at the Academy of Theatre and Dance are talented individuals, 200% committed to achieving their goals and completing their studies. The ATD’s Jan Kassies Fund was set up to help talented students gain their diplomas despite obstacles posed by new regulations or other exceptional circumstances. 

Jan Kassies

The Henny Kamerman Dancers Prize is awarde to the to the most remarkable young dancer of the study year. Henny Kamerman introduced jazz dance to the study programmes and was the opinionated artistic director of the Jazztheater- en Showmusicaldans study programme (the current UC/JMD study programme). The jury will reflect on her energy and contrariness in the dance world when awarding this prize.

Henny Kamerman Dancers Prize jury members: Jocelyn Bergland, Honey Eavis, Dalton Jansen, Jimat Pelupessy, Wendy Tadrous-Paulusma.


Henny Kamerman

Stichting Fondsen de Theaterschool has set up a Collection Fund in response to a special donation, the costumes of Ansje van Dijk. The special thing about the collection is that it is not approached by museums, but can be used and worn.

This fund certainly also offers opportunities for other collections. Do you have a collection that fits the objectives of the Academy of Theater and Dance and do you consider giving it to the school? Please contact Bart Kusters: or 0031 20 527 76 53.

Mrs. Hanny Veldkamp was a lecturer in the fifties and sixties of the last century - at the Amsterdam Theater School, among others. When she died, the Hanny Veldkamp Fund was established in 1968. It was filled with the legacy that had arisen from the proceeds of various speech therapy textbooks, of which Hanny Veldkamp was author or co-author.

The fund is open to all students of the Academy for Theater and Dance. More than 300 students from the various theater and dance academies received a Hanny Veldkamp Grant or Gift.

The Pisuisse Prijs was created in 1976 by Mrs Sophie de Jong, calling herself Fie Carelse, the divorced wife of comedian Jean Louis Pisuisse (1880-1927).

In 2010, the foundation acquired the Emma Morel Fund from the legacy of the daughter-in-law of the actress Emma Morel (1883-1957). Emma Morel graduated from the Toneelschool (theatre school) in 1901 and was a celebrated actress in the twenties of the previous century, successively the Royal Dutch Tooneel Society, the Rika Hopper Company and the Schouwtoneel of Herman Heijermans. Two films of her are known: Pygmalion (1937) and Father Langbeen (1938).

The funds are used to support the already existing price with the same goal, namely the Top Naeff Prize, which from 2012 has thus been subtitled 'made possible by the Emma Morel Fund'.


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