Theatre makers

The Netherlands has a large group of subsidized and non subsidized theatre- and dance companies.


The Netherlands has a large group of subsidized theatre- and dance companies. The ministry of OCW gives subsidy to companies in the basic infrastructure (BIS). Apart from that the Performing Arts Fund (FPK) gives long-term (four-year) subsidy on behalf of the national government as well. Provinces and municipalities also give long-term subsidy.

There are also theatre makers who do not have a permanent company or core group. Young groups and occasional initiatives often produce ad hoc. Many national productions apply for project subsidy from the FPK. Provinces, municipalities and private funds also subsidize ad hoc theatre initiatives. In Amsterdam for example you can go to the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst (AFK).


Non-subsidized production occurs on various scales and can be both a positive choice and a necessary one: large-scale musical productions and small-scale performances by cabaret artists and theatre musicians are generally not eligible for subsidy and are therefore sometimes called ‘commercial’. This doesn’t mean that the productions are always big profitable successes. 

Companies and young talent

Talent development is one of the priorities of the Dutch cultural policy. The BIS companies have been given the task to invest in talent development. For theatre the National Theatre, Internationaal Theater Amsterdam and the RO Theater have talent development programs. Het Nationale Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater and Scapino Ballet Rotterdam have initiatives for young talented dancersMoving Futures for dance and The Coproducers for dance and theatre are initiatives for talent development of joint theatres.