Skip to main content

Theatre Direction meant for you?

  • Do you love theatre?
  • Does theatre play an important role in your future dreams, although you’re not an actor yourself?
  • Is Theatre Studies too theoretical for you, too far removed from theatre practice?
  • Do you want to conceive and make plays?

Then perhaps the Theatre Directing programme is meant for you.

'Drie Zussen', regie: Lara van Hoof

'Drie Zussen', regie: Lara van Hoof

'Dorst', regie: Lara van Hoof

'Dorst', regie: Lara van Hoof

'Vrienden Van', regie: Lara van Hoof, fotografie: Robert van der Ree

'Vrienden Van', regie: Lara van Hoof, fotografie: Robert van der Ree

'Hunker' (naar 'Crave' van Sarah Kane), regie: Lara van Hoof

'Hunker' (naar 'Crave' van Sarah Kane), regie: Lara van Hoof


Applications for the auditions must be submitted via an online application form (in Dutch). You will be requested to upload among other particulars, a passport photo (in .jpg, .gif or .png) and a letter of motivation and curriculum vitae (in Word or PDF).

The study programme is also open to foreign students if they have a good command of English and are prepared to learn Dutch as quickly as possible.

You can register for this study course from November 25, 2021 to March 1, 2022.

Application deadline for the academic year 2021-2022 is possible from November 15, 2021 to March 1, 2022.

The content and dates of the selection rounds are not yet known. Please keep an eye on this website.

The admission procedure for Theatre Direction consists of three parts. After each part, the committee decides whether participation in the next round is possible. The Theatre Direction study course  accepts a maximum of five students each year.

The selection days in 2021 were on:

1st round: will take place ONLINE on 15 and 16 April 2021 (in an adapted form)
2nd round: will take place ONLINE on 17 and 18 May
3rd round: will take place ONLINE on 9 June

Read more below

You can find more information about the admission and selection procedures in the description of all study programmes offered by the Amsterdam University of the Arts. Overview of all study programmes.

Marieke Plantinga
Phone: +31 (0)20 527 7683

Audition: three components

The admission procedure for the theatre directing study programme consists of three components. After completing one round, the selection committee decides if the applicant can go through to the next.

ROUND 1: a 15-minute online conversation about your submitted written work



For this round you will make 2 films which we will then discuss in an online conversation:

Film 1: Make a presentation of a maximum of 5 minutes in images and sound in which you present yourself, your work, your passions, your fears, your inspirations, the theater that you envision to us.

Film 2: 5 minute theater. We invite you to make 5 minutes of theater. We would like you to make something that you have not made before. Something specially made for this audition. What is important is that you work with a personal topic and that you connect it to a universal theme. It is therefore a subject for which you feel passion and / or pain, that you link to something that is also interesting to other people. Why does an audience need to see this? Does the work also have an urgent, social layer or does it have a philosophical, conceptual or psychological layer?

You can create anything you want as long as it has a performative element in it. So it could be a classic Shakespearean text that you edit and have performed, but it could also be a sample text from the Internet. Spoken word, singing, dialogue, no text, movement, dance, music, anything is possible as long as we can see your handwriting. As a performer, you can ask a family member, a roommate or you can ask actors or non-actors via Skype or Zoom and then record it. Or make a live recording of someone or more people with a distance of at least 1.5 meters from each other. Because you are auditioning as a director, you cannot be the performer yourself. It can be fiction, documentary or a mixture of both. The form in which you cast those 5 minutes of theater is a short film that you send to us.

Your film may have a classic dramatic structure, but it doesn't have to. It can also be a lyrical poem, an absurdist reading, an action or a video clip. Anything goes, but Do You. We want to see you!


-5 minutes theater

-Performative element

-In the form of a short film or recording

-Your style, your handwriting

-Something you haven't made before. Something specially made for this audition

-Not as a performer yourself

-Personal and universal theme

ROUND 3: On DAY 1 you will have a conversation where you will reveal your concept of a scene from 'Maat voor Maat' (Shakespeare) that we will send you. NB: your concept was created for a theater that can accommodate about 500 people.

On DAY 2 you will have an interview based on your submitted film / assignment. You also have a conversation with Marieke, training coordinator and internal Coach.