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Theatre Direction meant for you?

Age plays no role. Talent to be in the here and now, to observe, reflect and take action - does. A maximum of five students are accepted annually.

'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. 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). You also submit a first assignment in writing.

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 from November 21, 2022 to March 4, 2023.

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 2023 are on:

Round 0: (online) deadline March 6, 2023
Round 1: April 18 and 19, 2023
Round 2: 16 and 17 May 2023
Round 3: June 6, 2023

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 zero: (online) deadline 6 March 2023
The clear round is online. We would like to receive three documents in writing:
1) Outline yourself in 1 written sentence.
2) Briefly describe your life course and your world view. What is your motivation for going to the directing course? What do you want to learn and what are your strengths and weaknesses? Maximum 2MB.
3) sketch two plays. One piece starts from a great pain in your life, the other piece starts from a great joy. How do you use this pain and joy as a source for a play? Which two films or works of art are your sources of inspiration?
Describe the direction of your dreams on paper! Which story do you choose, which shapes? You may add images. This document should also be no more than 2MB.
You will hear in the week of April 3, 2023 whether you will be invited for the first round.

ROUND 1: April 18 and 19, 2023
During the first round you get started right away. On the first day you will be told the assignment in the morning. It is in any case about 10 minutes of stage that you will show on day 2. You can use the entire first day to prepare this scene, together with your fellow candidates. Meanwhile, everyone is called one by one for a conversation of about 15 minutes with the audition committee. The day will last until 6 p.m. at the latest.
On the second day you show the committee what you have prepared on day 1: your 10 minutes of stage! You can no longer prepare or rehearse at school on this day. You will be told in advance what time you are expected.

ROUND 2: 16 and 17 May 2023
When you're through to the next round, you'll work on a scene from Schiller's Maria Stuart. You have about 25 minutes to do this. The committee monitors the rehearsal and, if necessary, discusses your working method and how you could approach it on the spot. We provide actors who know the text. In addition to this public rehearsal, you will have a 1-on-1 meeting about musicality, your sense of rhythm and melody with speech teacher Edwin van Gelder.

ROUND 3: June 6, 2023
For the final round of the directorial auditions, you will work on a scene of your choice and with actors you choose yourself and bring to your audition. You will have approximately 25 minutes to do this. Please note: this is not a ready-made scene or performance! It is precisely the intention that the committee again attends a 'public rehearsal'. We'd love to see how you direct. Show what your theatre, your fascination, vision and style are! What is your way of working? You also have a 1-on-1 conversation with Marieke Plantinga, training coordinator and internal coach.