Faculty and Instructional Staff

  • Artistic director: Silvia Bottiroli
  • Student counsellor: Juul Beeren
  • Coordinator educational platform: John Meijerink
  • Production manager: Maaike Boot

    Contact: dastheatre@ahk.nl

Silvia Bottiroli is a curator, researcher and organizer in contemporary performing arts. Silvia obtained a Ph.D. in Visual and Performing Arts at Pisa University. 

Silvia Bottiroli is author of numerous writings about the XX Century and contemporary theatre and dance scene, focusing in particular on the political and ethical values of performance, the societal implication of artistic creation and spectatorship and the issues raised by curatorial practices and instituting processes. From 2012 to 2016 she has been the artistic director of Santarcangelo Festival, one of the most relevant contemporary performing arts festivals in Italy.

Additionally, she has supervised diverse critical, curatorial and educational projects in collaboration with art organizations including a.o. SNDO School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam and Homo Novus Festival in Riga. She has worked as guest curator for the project “The May Events” in KunstenFestivalDesArts in Brussels and Vooruit in Ghent.  In 2017 Silvia Bottiroli curated the ten week study programme “Anywhere, Anywhere Out of This World” at DAS Theatre.

The student counsellor provides information and advice and caters to a student's specific needs. The student counsellor may also refer to other bodies inside or outside the AHK. Discussions with the student counsellor are always confidential.

Students can contact Juul Beeren for information and advice on all kinds of (practical) matters connected with the study, for example: laws and regulations, study grants, insurance, difficulties with the study course, exceptional circumstances that influence participation in the programme, terminating or interrupting the course, visas and residence permits, complaints and appeals procedures.

The student counsellor focuses on the student’s general development and functioning. 

In the role of a coach, Beeren can assist a student in acquiring additional skills or help optimize conditions for artistic research being undertaken. As team coach, she engages in a structural dialogue with the year group, in so called Process Meetings during the first year, and as process coach in preparation for the Contextual during the second year.

Andrea Božić is a choreographer and artist from Croatia, living and working in Amsterdam. Her educational background includes dance, literature, English, film, theatre and media art. In Croatia, she studied modern dance and earned a degree in Comparative Literature and English Language at the University of Zagreb. In the Netherlands, she graduated from the School For New Dance Development and the Amsterdam Master of Choreography (DAS Choreography, 2004), both at the Academy of Theatre and Dance, Amsterdam.

Her work is in-disciplinary and site-responsive and takes form of live performance, installation, constructions for specific locations, collaborations with the weather and night sky and other playful formats. The work reorganizes perception combining conceptual with sensorial and physical, creates paradoxical situations and asks questions about attention and imagination, perception of presence, the politics of viewing, presentation of reality and the organisation and distribution of authorship.

She has collaborated with visual artist Julia Willms and sound artist Robert Pravda since 2005 with whom she founded in-disciplinary platform TILT in 2009, to inspire and support artistic practice and thinking beyond disciplines.

From 2012-2015, Andrea was mentor at the DAS Choreography and since 2012 she is tutor at DAS Theatre, both MA programmes at the DAS Graduate School, Academy for Theatre and Dance Amsterdam. Since 2016, Andrea is researcher at DAS Research.


Edit Kaldor mixes documentary and fictional elements in her work and often collaborates with nonprofessional actors. Her performances tend to integrate the use of various digital media in a sophisticated but straightforward way. Kaldor (originally from Budapest) studied English Literature and Theatre at Columbia University in New York and at University College in London, and worked for years as a dramaturge and video-maker with Peter Halasz (Squat Theater/Love Theater, New York).

After receiving her degree at DasArts (now DAS Theatre), she started making her own theatre performances, which have received international acclaim.

Robbrecht works as a theatremaker, performer and playwright. After having studied German literature and linguistics in Ghent, he graduated in Theatre Directing at the Academy of Theatre and Dance (AHK).

Robbrecht creates performances independently, supported by Show Machine, his production structure. Besides that he co-produces and collaborates as a writer and performer with various theatre collectives such as Moeremans&Sons, Dood Paard, de Warme Winkel and tgOostpool. Next to his artistic practice he has been working as a tutor at the University of Amsterdam and at Artez in Arnhem.

Lara Staal is a curator, programmer and dramaturg. She studied Theatre Pedagogy at ArtEZ in Arnhem and Theatre Science & Dramaturgy at the University of Amsterdam. From 2013 to 2016, she worked as a programme maker at Frascati Theater, where she co-curated the Something Raw Festival and created socio-political programmes that developed connections between art and other domains.

Next to her work as a curator and programmer (amongst others still at Frascati), she writes for cultural magazines such as rekto:verso, TM and Etcetera, moderates discussions and is a member of Het Transitiebureau, a fluid institute that develops and manifests itself continuously with other partners and institutions and seeks alliances between theatre and society.

Miguel Angel Melgares (Malaga, 1980) works as an independent visual artist and as a dramaturge for several interdisciplinary performance artists. Melgares graduated from the Fine Art School of the University of Granada. His ambitions in the field of performing arts moved him to settle in Amsterdam to take part in the Master of Theatre at DasArts, where he graduated in 2010.

As dramaturge he has developed an intense activity, collaborating closely with German artist Julian Hetzel, working on the latest production of Greek choreographer Tzeni Argyriou or being part of the unique performances of Sonja Jokiniemi. These artists present their artworks in the international performing art circuits.

Marjorie Boston studied at the Amsterdam Mime Academy and founded in 1993 together with Maarten van Hinte theater group 'Made in da Shade'. In 2007 she became artistic director of the MC Theater, a merger with the Cosmic Theater. Recently Boston and Van Hinte founded Rightaboutnow Inc, a center for urban performing arts in Amsterdam.

Mentors & Individual Advisors

Germaine Acogny (SN), Lindy Annis (USA), Antonia Baehr (D), Rob Berends (NL), Jan van den Berg (NL), Cornel Bierens (NL), Igor Dobricic (SRB), Erica Bilder (D), Janine Brogt (NL), Marianne Brouwer (NL), Shu Lea Cheang (USA), Anne van Delft (NL), Maatschappij Discordia (NL), Hein Eberson (NL), Pol Eggermont (NL), Norman Frisch (USA), Pascale Gatzen (NL), Boris Gerrets (NL), Richard Gough (GB), Rob de Graaf (NL), Dirk Groeneveld (NL), Ant Hampton (GB), Tim Harrison (UK), Günther Heeg (D), Lino Hellings (NL), Sébastien Hendrickx (B), Benda Hofmeyr (ZA), Hannah Hurtzig (D), John Jesurun (USA), Edit Kaldor (HU/NL), Joe Kelleher (GB), Chris Keulemans (NL), Marianne van Kerkhoven (NL), Anna Koos (USA), Willemijn Lamp (NL), John Malpede (USA), Bettina Masuch (D), Julian Maynard Smith (GB), Helen Medland (UK), Dennis Molendijk (NL), Rabih Mroué (LB), Titus Muizelaar (NL), Richard Murphet (GB), Soheila Najand (IR), Ong Keng Sen (SG), Dirk Pauwels (BE), Paul Perry (CN), Ibrahim Quraishi (USA/F/PAK), Barbara Raes (BE) Lina Saneh (LB), Ricky Seabra (USA/BR), Threes Schreurs (NL), Stuart Sherman (USA), Gabriel Smeets (NL), Jeannette Smit (NL),  Peter Stamer (D), Michael Stolhofer (A), Steim (NL), Moniek Toebosch (NL), Bruno Verbergt (BE), Dirk Verstockt (BE), Kees Vuyk (NL), Michel Waisvisz (NL), Siegmar Zacharias (D).

The Block takes place in winter/spring; a ten week period. It is a collective, intense programme, designed by invited guests, who curate a joint exploration of a certain theme, motif or curiosity. Read more

Kristina Andersen (NL), Miguel Angel Melgares (ES), Petra Ardai (NL/H), Han Bakker (NL), Nicole Beutler (NL), Lex Bohlmeier (NL), Kees Bolten (NL), Silvia Bottiroli (I), Tone Brulin (B), Anne Bogart (US), Mark Borkowski (GB), Marian Boyer (NL), Andrea Bozic (NL), Ritsaert ten Cate (NL),  Guy Cools (B), Hans Petter Dahl (N), Erik Disselhoff (NL), Mike Dixon (GB), Igor Dobricic (SRB), Pol Eggermont (NL), Lucas Evers (NL), Emile Fallaux (NL), Anke Feuchtenberger (D), Angelika Finger (NL), Konstantia Georgelou (GR), Boris Gerrets (NL), RoseLee Goldberg (USA), Richard Gough (GB) , Rob de Graaf (NL), Peter Greenaway (GB), Dora van der Groen (B), Dirk Groeneveld (NL), Harco Haagsma (NL), Graham Harwood (GB), Machteld Hauer (D), Gonnie Heggen (NL), Angela Heuser (D), Jean Hellwig (NL), Maarten van Hinte (NL), Johan de Hollander (B), Nan Hoover (USA), Hannah Hurtzig (D), Zhana Ivanova (BG/GB), Erwin Jans (B), Marien Jongewaard (NL), Edit Kaldor (NL/H), Hazim Kamaledin (IQ), Orselien Kammeron (NL), Mart Kangro (EE), Chris Keulemans (NL), Marianne van Kerkhoven (NL), Suchan Kinoshita (J/D/NL), Paul Koek (NL), Guilly Koster (NL) , Erik Kouwenhoven (NL), Guus Kuijer (NL), Jan Langedijk (NL), Liet Lenshoek (NL), Andre Lepecki (USA), Barbara Van Lindt (B), Babeth van Loo (NL), Otto Macel (NL), Ola Mafalaani (SY/D/NL), Aernout Mik (NL), Bojana Mladenovic (SRB), Snejanka Mihaylova (BG), Viviane De Muynck (B), Susan Norrie (AUS), Soheila Najand (IR), Quirine Racke/Helena Muskens (NL), Paul Pourveur (B), Annemarie Prins (NL), Marie Antoinette Reuten (NL), Sanne van Rijn (NL), Jan Ritsema (NL), Adelheid Roosen (NL), Felix de Rooy (NL), Threes Schreurs (NL), Pieter C. Scholten (NL), Hooman Sharifi (N/IR), Gabriel Smeets (NL), Meera Syal (GB),m Robert Steijn (NL),m Fiona Tan (NL) , Michelle Teran (NL) , Koos Terpstra (NL), Danae Theodoridou (GR), Frank Thys (B), Pieter T'Jonck (B), William Torres (CO), Ivar van Urk (NL), Ulay (NL/D), Sonja van der Valk (NL), Paul van de Velde (NL), Marc Vanrunxt (B), Mieke Versyp (B), Dirk Verstockt (B), Sjoerd Wagenaar (NL), Charles Villa Vicencio (ZA),Michel Waiszvisz (NL), David Weber Krebs (B), Anne Wellmer (D), Etoy Zai (CH) 

Professional theatre makers and dance artists share their work with a public, at the conclusion of an intensive two years masters research period. Read more about the DAS Master Presentations