Current students

Photo: MA Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy, class of 2017-2018.

Hi, my name is Anne Smeets and I come from the Netherlands. The reason why I choose to follow this master is to understand better and expand my knowledge about performances and the stage as a phenomenon. Especially the master’s focus on contemporary theatre and dance and recent developments in the field is what supported my decision to choose for this master.

Hi! I am Doris Zijlema, from Amsterdam (that is also where I did my BA Theatre Studies). I chose this master because of my ambition to find my path in contemporary theatre, and because the international character seemed very interesting to me. This has proven itself already: hearing so many opinions of peers with different backgrounds is very valuable to me.

Hi! I’m Anastasia Barka and I’m coming from Greece. I chose this master program because I wanted to expand my knowledge in the contemporary field of performing arts in an international environment.

Hi! I am Merith Smals from The Netherlands. First I studied theatre teacher in the school of arts ArtEZ. After this study I choose this master because I am interested in the relationship between the theoretical approaches and performances. How the theoretical approaches could work and could be explored in performances and practical research and vice versa.

Hello! My name is Eva van der Weerd, I live in Amsterdam where I did my Theatre Studies BA. I chose this MA because of the focus on contemporary theatre and the international atmosphere. I hope to expand my dramaturgical skills and my knowledge about the European theatre landscape.

Hi, I am SaskiaJoensen, I am Danish, and I’m an exchange student in this master – I chose this master as I find it interesting how performance has an impact on society, and the other way around. It fits perfectly with my master in Performance Design back home, and provides me with new and interesting views on what a performance can be.

Hey, my name is Benthe Leenders, I am from the Netherlands and I studied BA Theatre, Film and Television Studies here at Utrecht University. I chose this MA program to further develop academic skills in analyzing and writing, and because I like the way of teaching and learning at Utrecht University, with a lot of attention for the practical aspects and for life after your studies.

Hello my name is Iris Matters, I studied Theatre, Film and Television Studies at Utrecht University. In this MA it is my personal goal to not only learn more about theatre but also to develop my skills in writing and talking about theatre in such a way that it can be productive and helpful in the field of the arts.

Hello, my name is Anastasia Polychronidou and I am from Greece. I chose this MA degree in order to broaden my horizon around contemporary theatre and dance dramaturgy.

Hi, my name is Rodia Vomvolou and I am from Greece. I chose this programme because I expect this programme will allow me to expand my knowledge and challenge my thinking specifically in the field of experimental theatre and contemporary dance dramaturgy.

I am Sandra Besseas, Erasmus student from France. I am doing an MA in Film Studies but I chose some Theatre & Performance courses to learn more about the various and complex ways one can express oneself. It also helps me in challenging my perception and knowledge of art and its production.

Hi my name is Teodora Cascerade, I am from Bucharest, Romania. I chose this MA programme because I think it will provide me with knowledge about contemporary artistic environments and the tools to better understand it.

Hello I am Berta Cusso and I am from Barcelona. I chose this MA to be able to understand and enrich my knowledge about current contemporary theatre and dance performances, with the aim of directing my career into a better and confident position regarding theatre making.

Hello I am Anne Shalo and I am from Oak Park, outside of Chicago. I chose this Master’s programme because it is one of a kind (in the sense that as a dancer wanting to become more educated in the theatre world, this has it all). UU is located in the heart of a lively contemporary theatre and dance scene, which has already opened so many doors for me. It is a well-rounded program that emphasizes theories and concepts but also values the process and hands on work, the practical side. This program also offers students freedom to explore what they are truly interested in, allowing us to drive our own direction which for me is dance production, choreography and dramaturgy. And the staff are splendid, intelligent, caring, and truly want to help us find our way.

My name is Nadine Westveer de Mul, I am originally from England. I took this Masters so that I could apply my experiences in theatre making and experimental theatre to the performance scene happening in The Netherlands. Analysing performance in The Netherlands in a philosophical and contextual manner, communicating with artists that are at the forefront of the field and participating with the ongoing research that encompasses these practices.

Hi I am Tomás Montes from Chile. I seek in this Masters theoretical tools and research methodologies that will be useful both for the academic field and practical artwork concerning contemporary theatre. It has surely been very mind-opening and thought provoking! I am deeply grateful to be here.