Theatre Schools and Universities

  • 2009-2010: Guest Professor Playwriting, Arts Academy Berlin (UdK), October 2009 - March 2010
  • 2002-2005: Princeton University, Program of Theatre and Dance workshops real time theatre. Workshop-performance:
    • The Same Sea, based on the novel by Amos Oz, The Atelier Princeton University, 2004. On invitation by Toni Morrison.
  • 1996-…. New York University, ITW (International Experimental Wing),Summerschool in Amsterdam: workshops acting in real time. Performance for the Main Stage of the Drama Department of the Tisch School of The Arts. Mainstage performance:
    • Man is Man, by Bertolt Brecht, New York, 2007
  • 1988-…. Theater School Amsterdam: workshops acting in real time and performances.
    • Acting Department, a.o:
      • Tonight, we improvise, by Luigi Pirandello
      • Leah's Wedding, by Judith Herzberg
      • Wedding, by Elias Canetti
      • Ivanov (1), by Anton Chekhov
      • King Lear, by Shakespeare
    • Directing Department* a.o.:
      • Big and Little, by Botho Straus
      • Time and the Room, by Botho Strauss
      • Midsummernightsdream, by Shakespeare
      • The Cherry Orchard, by Anton Chekhov
      • Mr. Puntila and his servant Matti, by Bertolt Brecht
      • Mephisto (2), by Mnouchkine/Handke Weiss Company
      • Three Sisters, by Anton Chekhov
      • Ivanov (2), by Anton Chekhov
      • The Tempest, by William Shakespeare
      *mentor of performances directed by student-directors and performed by professional actors and acting students.
    • Cabaret Department
      • The Threepenny Opera, by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, graduation show, Kleine Komedie, Amsterdam, 2004
  • 1979-1989 Theaterschool Maastricht: workshops real time acting, and graduation shows, a.o:
    • Fear and Misery in the Third Reich, by Bertolt Brecht
    • Mephisto (1), by Ariane Mnouchkine, based on the novel by Klaus Mann
    • Of Trojan Women, by Euripides
    • Troilus and Cressida, by William Shakespeare
    • Leonce and Lena, by Georg Büchner
    • Drums in the Night, by Bertolt Brecht
    • Phoebe Zeitgeist, by R.W. Fassbinder
  • 1974-1979 University of Utrecht: directing- and acting-projects, performances a.o.:
    • Figures from Contemporary History, based on: The lost Honor of Katharina Blum, novel by Heinrich Böll
    • Marat-Sade, by Peter Weiss
    • Hunger Year (1566), improvised after themes from the book by Erich Kuttner
  • 1969-1976 Theaterschool, Directing/Drama teachers Department: dramaturgy and laboratory directing projects, a.o.:
    • The Measures Taken, by Bertolt Brecht
  • 1968-1971 University of Amsterdam: adjunct professor dramaturgy and theater history

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New Books!

  • Het Leugenlabyrint (Eng. Labyrinth of Lies), a novel, Prometheus, Amsterdam, 2021.


‘The Hague, May 9th 1940. Bert Meijer van Leer becomes the proud owner of a German motorbike. Little does he know that the motorbike, a Zündapp, will save his life and cause his downfall. On May 10th the German army invades Holland. On that day Emmeke, Bert’s sister, celebrates her birthday. Emmeke and Bert are Jewish, but not practicing. Bert has been baptized and marries Lien who is Protestant. Emmeke is married to Joost, who isn’t Jewish either and anti-religious out of principle. Ingredients for a fatal chain of events.

Their ‘mixed marriages’ can’t protect them against the measures the Germans take against the Jews: excluding them from the society they live in through registration and public humiliation by forcing them to wear the Star of David; and, if they don’t comply, arrest, imprisonment, and deportation to a concentration camp.

In Labyrinth of Lies author Paul Binnerts witnesses how the Germans slowly tighten the screws. His characters are facing decisions, of which only afterwards can be said they were the wrong decisions. The only thing he can do is keeping them company.’