About the artistic team
Daniël van Klaveren
Daniël van Klaveren is a Dutch actor, director and author. His plays often portray the struggle to follow your own unique path, in a world that asks differently of you. Recently he wrote and directed Maarten, the seagull, Mozarts sister and Jamal, a play about a radicalizing boy and his counselor which has been performed by de Toneelmakerij at schools in the Netherlands for 3 years in a row. After graduating from the Utrecht School of the Artsin 2005, Daniel soon becameclosely connected to De Toneelmakerijin Amsterdam. There he acted and directed plays for children of all age groups in classrooms, theatres and locations outside of the theatre. In 2011 he was part of an exchange project with Theatre Day Productions, in Gaza, Palestine. Since 2012 he works freelance for several companies and theatre schools, whereby his main focus remains on youth theatre. Recent works include Le nozze di Figaro at Opera Zuid, and Neushoornspektakel based on Ionesco´s Rinoceros at STIP producties. At the moment he is directing his own version of Nadia for classrooms in Holland and (Dutch speaking) Belgium with de Toneelmakerij.
Peer Perez Øian
Peer Perez Øian is a Norwegian-American theatre-director living in Oslo. He holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts from Emerson College, Boston (2003) and a Masters degree in Directing from the Norwegian National Academy of the Arts (2010). Perez Øian has worked within a wide range of genres, devising original works as well as staging bold interpretations of classical dramas and contemporary works alike. In 2011, Perez Øian was awarded the preeminent Norwegian theatre prize, the Hedda Award, in the category best director for his staging of Ferdinand Bruckners "Pains of youth" at the Norwegian Theatre in Oslo. Perez Øian is currently director in residence at Det Norske Teatret where he frequently and successfully directs. His staging of "Hedda Gabler" at the National Theatre (2010) was a runaway success, remaining in the repertoire of the National Theatre until 2013 as well as being chosen to represent Norway's cultural contributions during the Nordic Cool Festival in 2013 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington D.C. Perez Øians next production will be the Norwegian premiere of Swedish-Tunisian playwright Jonas Hassen Khemiri´s most recent play, " ≈ Approximately equal to" at the Norwegian Theatre (january 2016).
Giacomo Giuntini is an Italian director and theatre pedagogue. He obtained his diploma of merit in acting at the Accademia Teatrale in Florence and works in a wide range of contexts in theatre. In 2010/11 he was engaged in two different sections at the Biennial in Venice and assisted various productions at different theatres throughout Italy. Amongst others, he assisted the German director Thomas Ostermaier for his staging of von „Death in Venice“. Giuntini frequently directs small opera productions and, since 2011, works regularly as a director at Fondazione TeatroDue in Parma. He is also head of the theatre education department „T2 STUDIO“.
Esther Jurkiewicz is a young German director and theatre pedagogue. She studied Cultural Education at the University Niederrhein and International Arts Management at the University of Music and Dance in Cologne before she started working as a theatre pedagogue at Kassel State Theatre. In Berlin, Esther Jurkiewicz started working at the Berliner Ensemble and afterwards as assistant director and theatre pedagogue for various theatre and film projects from the independent scene. Amongst others, she developed several plays together with young actors at JugendtheaterBüro in Berlin. Since 2013 Jurkiewicz works as assistant director at the Staatstheater Braunschweig where during the 2015/2016 season her own production “Mehr Licht!” was shown and she developed and directed the production “Hau’s um”. She is now directing Nadia for the youth stage at Staatstheater Braunschweig.
Isabelle Gyselinx is a Belgian theatre director. She studied stage direction at Institut National Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle in Brussels, and after graduating she gained experience by working as an assistant director for renowned Belgian theatre directors. In 1997 she founded her own company, “Paf le chien“, for which she directed numerous plays. With Peter Weiss’ “L’Instruction“ (2005) she achieved international acclaim at Young Vic Theatre in London, in Rwanda and in Japan. In 2010 she directed “Avalanche” by the Turkish author Tuncer Cucenoglu at Théâtre de la Place in Liège, an author discovered through the European project “Corps de Textes Europe”. Isabelle Gyselinx teaches at the École Supérieur des Acteurs of the Conservatory in Liège, and often offers workshops abroad, in Russia, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo among others.