Faq talent development theatre makers

How can you develop your talent after graduating? Would you like to work for established companies, go touring with your graduation performance, make new plays with your own collective or maybe combine all of these?

Helping young talent

Talent development of young artists is an important part of cultural policy. The Performing Arts Fund NL has a special regulation for young talented makers to grow further within a longer-term trajectory (up to two years), in collaboration with groups, venues and festivals. There are several other organisations that focus on talent development. Such as the AFK and Bureau Broedplaatsen, who developed the 3Package Deal for young talent.

Personal entrepreneurship: what do you need?

Know who you are, what you can and how you want to develop yourself artistically and professionally. Knowing who you are and how your project relates to the rest of the theatre field, makes it easier to describe that story to your partners.

As a young maker you need partners that can support you with a network and professional and artistic knowledge. Find a party that fits your needs to increase the chance of a good collaboration. Make sure you know who to approach and how to present yourself well. Be open to new ideas to promote your performance and to find opportunities to play outside of the theatre.

Production houses and workplaces

Production houses and workshops support young, beginning theatre makers and provide a bridge to a professional practice. They can act as (co-) producer, offer professional advice and a stage to perform. There are three production houses financed by the government: Gasthuis Frascati, De Nieuwe Oost and Theater Rotterdam. In addition, more and more platforms are emerging for talent development.

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Production houses


Festivals can not only offer a stage, but they sometimes also act as co-producer. They are an important link in the development of talent, but because of the temporary format of a festival the artistic guidance often is temporary as well. Atelier Oerol offers a trajectory for young theatre makers and artists, in which they can develop site-specific performances.

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Venues and festivals


Theatres are starting to program safer and therefore have less space for new companies. However, theatres still offer opportunities for young theatre makers. Seven theatres work together with young artists under the name of The Coproducers. The Compagnietheater is a platform for emerging talent. Bellevue Lunchtheater provides a springboard for young talent in writing for performances. Also at Oostblok and Podium Mozaïek is room for young professionals.

Theatre companies

The large subsidized companies have been given a mandate to support young talent. Such talent has to fit within a company and budgets are limited. Companies often choose makers who previously worked at production houses. Het Nationale Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater and Scapino Ballet Rotterdam have initiatives for young talented dancers. Internationaal Theater Amsterdam supports alliance partners in the professional fields and has a fellowship for young directors. Some groups focus specifically on young artists, such as De Nieuwkomers, part of the Dutch theatre group Orkater.

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Theatre companies

Pitch your own performance

Create a preview of your performance, invite programmers and tell them about the scheduling of the show. Provide a good proposal that fits the place where you offer it. Keep an eye on the websites and social media of the venues you want to perform at, or approach the programmers.

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Presenting yourself