Theatre makers and curators

Do you think your work would benefit from new input, unexpected artistic encounters and intense peer-to-peer exchanges? Do you want to dedicate some time to practical exploration and experimentation? Do you need to develop your vocabulary and discourse, in order to reflect upon your work and communicate about it? Is it time to (re)consider the contexts and conditions for your practice, to become (more) sustainable? 

We invite practitioners with diverse backgrounds and interests rooted in theatre devising or directing, contemporary performance making, and other disciplines bordering with performing arts, to apply for DAS Theatre.

Application and Admission

Early birds can take advantage of our personalised advise service. If you send your application before the pre-deadline of 19 October 2017 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 application form is online from 15 September 2017

Please read the application form carefully and prepare all your answers before you start to fill in the application form. Read more about the Application Form.

Deadline for submitting the online application form (including portfolio) and -if necessary- arrival of supporting documentation by mail is 21 November 2017.

The first selection will take place in December 2017 (in the absence of the candidates). If you pass the 1st round, your presence for the 2nd round is mandatory. Dates: 16, 17 & 18 January 2018.

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?)

For more information concerning the application procedure:
E-mail: john.meijerink@ahk.nl
Phone: +31 (0)20 5277668

We look forward receiving applications from:

Theatre makers and curators with a BA education in the performing arts or related areas and with an existing body of work (therefor, applications from people under 25 will most likely not be selected).

Due to its international character DAS Theatre’s lingua franca is English.

Theatre makers and curators with the need and ambition to develop their work and reflect on it.

You have an openness and curiosity towards unfamiliar practices and esthetics. People for whom an (international) peer-environment comes with acknowledging, respecting and dealing with differences. People for whom an (international) peer-environment comes with acknowledging, respecting and dealing with differences. 

You are keen on engaging with each other’s artistic and professional questions and discourses. 

Theatre makers and curators who are capable of self-organizing their time and initiating artistic processes (including establishing new collaborations, if relevant). 

Theatre makers and curators who believe an educational context will offer them the structure and conditions you need. You want to work within the dynamics of DAS Graduate School, which functions as a big 'house', with a kitchen, and many different inhabitants: colleagues from DAS Choreography, DAS Research, DAS Creative Producing (in development) and others. This proximity also allows for various inspirational exchanges.

Public events

You are warmly invited to join us at one of our public events during the course of the year to experience what studying at DAS Graduate School could mean for you. At these events there is an opportunity to speak with our current students, alumni and staff, and to ask questions about the curriculum and application procedure.

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