Top Naeff Prijs Fund
The Top Naeff Prize is the oldest theatre student prize in the country and is awarded on an irregular basis to a promising student, graduating from the Academy of Theatre and Dance.
The prize was established by will in 1953 by the then very well-known writer and drama critic Top Naeff (1878-1953). Ms Naeff held various positions at the Drama School between 1901 and 1948, the most notable being that of member of the Management and Supervision Committee (Source: Gé Vaartjes, 2010, Rebel en dame. Biography van Top Naeff, Amsterdam-Antwerp: Em. Querido's Uitgeverij BV).
The prize is accompanied by a trophy as a memento and a sum of money thanks to a fund from Mrs Naeff's estate, the Top Naeff Prize Fund. Since 2012, the prize has been co-sponsored by the Emma Morel Fund. Prize winners may additionally rejoice in being included in a select company of previous winners.
The first prize winner was actress Sigrid Koetse when she graduated in 1955. After her, the award has been won by, among others: Carice van Houten, Peter Oosthoek, Suzanne Kennedy, Boukje Schweigmann, and Theun Mosk . On rare occasions, the prize is awarded to a particularly talented class.
Top Naeff Prijs juryleden: Jeroen de Beer (direction-assistant ATD), Sabrina van Halderen (actor, teachor), Lois Maat (planning and budget ATD), Christiaan Mooij (artistic coordinator Meervaart and director), Santino Slootweg (alumnus Mime School).
Recent winners are: