Call for Applications 2019–21

The call for applications for the year 2019–21 is now open. Application material is due by November 20, 2018.

Applications process

DAS Theatre invites practitioners with diverse backgrounds and interests rooted in contemporary performing arts and bordering disciplines. Applicants are makers and curators in the field of the performing arts with:

  • a BA education in the performing arts or related areas and an existing body of work;
  • the need and ambition to develop their work, also experimenting with new forms and formats, and reflect on it;
  • an openness and eagerness towards being in an international peer environment with exposure to diverse practices in the making and curating of performing arts, where the sharing of practices can provoke new approaches to aesthetics, ethics and politics;
  • the capacity to organize their time independently and initiate and develop artistic processes as well as establish new collaborations;
  • a desire to engage with the structure and conditions offered by an educational context and to share their artistic questions and discourses with the school community, engaging in conversations with international artists, curators, dramaturges, theorists, artistic directors and policymakers.

Early birds can take advantage of our personalised advise service. If you send your application before the pre-deadline of 18 October 2018 you will receive feedback and advise on improving your application.

We understand that studying at DAS Theatre requires a huge commitment. We'd like to help you prepare.

The call for applications for the year 2019–20 is now open.

Please read the application form carefully and prepare all your answers before you start to fill in the online application form. 

Deadline for submitting the online application form (including portfolio) and -if necessary- arrival of supporting documentation by mail is 20 November 2018.

The 1st selection will take place in December 2018 (in the absence of the candidates).

If you pass the 1st round, your presence for the 2nd round is mandatory. Dates: 15, 16 & 17 January 2019.

The second round will take place at DAS Theatre. We invite a small group of candidates for a three-day programme of interviews, practical exercises and a collective visit to a theatre performance followed by a feedback session on this performance.

Note: Candidates in the second round who are not selected will be notified with an outline of the DAS Theatre decision. Expenses incurred during the selection process will not be reimbursed.

Information concerning tuition fees, admission procedures and visa requirements can be found on the section for prospective students on the website of the Amsterdam University of the Arts.

Consider seriously the financial consequence of studying at DAS Theatre. Research funding and financing possibilities before applying (where will you apply, what are your chances, what if you will not get this grant, etc.). Candidates that are invited for the second round of the admission procedure will be asked to fill out a budget sheet to explain how they will manage to finance their studies. Download: Estimated budget for studying one year.

The DAS Theatre study programme is eligible for the acceptance of the Netherlands Fellowship Programmes for students from developing countries. More info: Study in Holland.

The Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme is a collection of scholarships offered by Dutch higher education institutions, multinationals and government institutes. For application: Orange Tulip Scholarship website.

  • It's wise to take your time. Read the form and take your time formulating the answers before the deadline pressure.  We only read the applications after the deadline has passed. 
  • Be precise and to the point. Respect the word count.
  • The application is an invitation to reflect on yourself, your current work and what it needs. Ask yourself questions like: why going to DAS Theatre?, what change or development does my work need?, what aspects of the DAS Theatre programme are appealing to me and why? ...
  • Concerning your portfolio, keep two things in mind: the relevance to your application (what do the fragments illustrate for you? what do you want us to look at and why?) and the "readability" for the selection committee.  The committee has a certain amount of time to watch the portfolio of each applicant. So stay within the limits that are mentioned in the form and make strong decisions. You can add extra context to your documentation in the application form.
  • Consider seriously the financial/practical consequences of studying at DAS Theatre. Research funding and financing possibilities before applying, and be precise about this aspect in the application form. (where will you apply for a grant, what are your chances, what if you will not get this grant?)

If you have any questions, we’ll be happy to answer them: 
E-mail: john.meijerink@ahk.nl
Phone: +31 (0)20 5277668

DAS Open Doors: 10 November

On November 10, we will open our doors to introduce you to the DAS Graduate School master and research programmes. You are welcome to meet artistic directors, staff and students, get a taste of the practices of our peers by participating in workshops, and join us for dinner.

We will announce details of the programme in October 2018. Like our event on Facebook and we'll keep you posted. Let us know you are coming: dasgraduateschool@ahk.nl.

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DAS Open Doors: 10 November

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