Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN (USA), May 1985. Dissertation: ‘Contemporary People’s Theatre: A Study of the Radical Popular Theatre from 1968 to the Present.’
Doctoraal in Engelse Taal- en Letterkunde (M.A. in English), Utrecht University, cum laude, June 1979. Thesis: ‘A Structural Analysis of Saul Bellow’s Mr.Sammler’s Planet.’
Graduate Studies in English, University of Florida, Gainesville (USA), 1977-78.
Kandidaats in Engelse Taal- en Letterkunde (B.A. in English), Utrecht University, June 1977.
Secondary Education: R.K. Gerardus Majella M.A.V.O. (1966-1970) and R.K. Niels Stensen Atheneum (1971-73) (both in Utrecht).
Books and Monographs
Community Arts Dialogues. Utrecht: Vrede van Utrecht, 2013. Book and video.
Community, Art, Power. Rotterdam: RWT, 2013. Book and video.
Leven Met Verschillen: Jonge Makers op zoek naar zichzelf als kunstenaar in de wijk. Amsterdam: International Theatre and Film Books, 2011.
Editor, Rotterdam International Community Theatre Festival 2008, an Extensive Report, Rotterdam: RWT, 2009.
(with Peter van den Hurk, eds.) Community Arts Kunst en Kunde: Verslag en Reflecties van een expertmeeting 12 december 2006, Rotterdam: Codarts 2007.
(with Peter van den Hurk, eds.) Rotterdam International Community Theatre Festival 2005, an Extensive Report, Rotterdam: RWT, 2006.
Community Theatre: Global Perspectives, London and New York: Routledge, 2001/3. (Book and Professionally Produced Video package; republished in November 2002 as an e-Book)
(with Susan Mason), Edgy Storytellers, Houten: Atalanta / IDEA, 1997.(video + study book for theatre schools)
The Playful Revolution: Theatre and Liberation in Asia, Bloomington and Indianapolis (USA): Indiana University Press, 1992.
(with Jan Weerdenburg, eds.), Image and Imagination of America, Utrecht: Studium Generale, 1992.
Stages of People Power: The Philippines Educational Theater Association, The Hague: CESO/NUFFIC, 1989.
Radical People’s Theatre, Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1988.
In addition to these books, I have published more than 30 Academic Articles on literature and drama in Research in Drama Education (RIDE, published by Routledge), The Drama Review (published by MIT Press),New Theatre Quarterly (published by Cambridge University Press),Australasian Drama Studies, Research in African Literatures, The Minnesota Review, the Spanish-language theatre studies journal Estreno, and the Dutch theatre magazine Toneel Theatraal, as well as chapters in edited academic books, including:
(met Pat van der Jagt e.a.) 'The Potential of Art to Involve Citizens in Regional Transitions: Exploring a Site-Specific Theatre Production in Haarzuilens, the Netherlands'. Community Development Journal 48, 2 (2013): 298-312.
‘Community Art and the National Conversation’, in Lucia van Heteren, Pascal Gielen & Quirijn van den Hoogen, eds. The Fight for Art. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 62-70.
(with Kate Gardner), ‘Performing Cross-Cultural Conversations: Creating New Kinships through Community Theatre’, in Cynthia Cohen, Polly Walker and Roberto Guttiérrez Varea, eds. Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict Volume II: Building Just and Inclusive Communities. Oakland, CA: New Village Press, 2011, 9 – 42.
(with Ivana Cerovecki), ‘Hoe educatie en community art de opera van binnenuit kunnen veranderen’, in Ana Maria Versloot, ed. De Goed Voorbereide Geest: Maakprocessen voor de opera van morgen. Amsterdam: International Theatre and Film Books, 2011, 40-51.
(with Margreet Bouwman and Margreet Zwart), ‘Speuren naar effecten van community art’, in Teunis IJdens, Marjo van Hoorn, Andries van den Broek, Christ van Rensen, eds. Jaarboek Actieve Cultuurparticipatie 2011. Utrecht: Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie, 110-126.
(with Kees Vuyk, Linda Poelman and Ivana Cerovecki), 'To be Dutch or not to be Turkish, that is the question, or, how to measure the reception of a community-based play about living between cultures .’ Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 15: 3 (August) 2010): 339 – 359.
‘Op Zoek naar de Kern’, Boekman 82 (Voorjaar 2010): 8 –15.
“Intracultural Dialogue as a Conceptual Frame for Community Performance”, Theater Topics 4, Amsterdam University Press, 2009.
“Philippine Community Theatre in the 1990s”, in Petra Kuppers and Gwen Robertson, eds., The Community Performance Reader, London and New York: Routledge, 2007, 274-280.
“Taking It To the Streets: Dutch Community Theatre Goes Site-Specific”, Research in Drama Education 12: 1 (February 2007): 27 - 39.
“Reversing the Trade Winds: Some Theoretical and Practical Considerations Regarding Community Theatre in Aruba”, in Maaike Bleeker et al., eds. Multicultureel Drama?, Amsterdam University Press, 2005, 89 – 95.
“The Problem with Community”, Performance Research Volume 9, Number 4 (December 2004): 142ff.
“Highland Park, Los Angeles: Community Development Through Theatre,” in Hans Krabbendam, Marja Roholl, Tity de Vries (eds.) The American Metropolis: Image and Inspiration, Amsterdam: Free University Press, 2001: 182-195.
“Some Thoughts on Uprooting Asian Grassroots Theatre,” in Jeanne Colleran and Jenny S. Spencer (eds.) Staging Resistance: Essays on Political Theatre, Ann Arbor, Michigan (USA): Michigan University Press, 1998: 98-122.
“When José Met Sally:. Chicano Theatre in L.A. at Grassroots and Mainstream’”, New Theatre Quarterly, Vol. 48 (November 1996): 384-393.
“Indispensable Roots? African American Theatre and the WPA,” in Hans Bak et al. (eds.), Living in the Welfare State, Social and Secure?, Amsterdam: Free University Press, 1996: 175-183.
(with Karl Adams and Henri Drost), “Negotiations and Love Songs: Towards a Verifiable Interpretation of Popular Music,” in John Dean and Jean-Paul Gabillet (eds., European Readings of American Popular Culture, Wesport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1996: 78-89.
“De Speelse revolutie”, in Kees Epskamp (ed.), Theater in Mondiaal Perspectief, The Hague: CESO / NUFFIC, 1994: 241-251.
“The Philippines Popular Theater Association,” in Kees Epskamp and Ad Boeren (eds.), The Empowerment of Culture: Development, Communication, and Popular Media, The Hague: CESO / NUFFIC, 1992: 147-171.
“Plays, Applause, and Bullets: Safdar Hashmi's Street Theatre”, The Drama Review, Vol 33 (1989), No. 4: 32-48.
“PETA coördineert theater training bij onderwijs aan volwassenen: een case study,” in Kees Epskamp (ed.), Populaire Cultuur op de Planken, The Hague: CESO / NUFFIC 1989: 71-81.
‘Beyond the Shadows of. Wayang: Liberation Theatre in Indonesia’, New Theatre Quarterly 17 (February 1989): 36 – 49.
“Resistance Theatre in South Korea: Above and Underground”, The Drama Review, Vol. 32 (1988), No. 3: 156-173.
“Philippine Political Theatre and the Fall of Ferdinand Marcos,” The Drama Review, Vol. 31 (1987), No. 2: 57-78.
“The Satirical Methods of Regional Political Theatre in France,” in K.V. Hartigan (ed.), Legacy of Thespis: Drama Past and Present, Lanham, Maryland (USA): University Press of America, 1984: 88-98.
I have also published numerous articles, interviews and book reviews forDocumenta (Belgium), Toneel Theatraal, Ika (Germany), New Theatre Australia, Illusions (New Zealand), Makiisa (Philippines), in Spanish forGestos (Spain), in French for the journal Contemporary French Civilization, and journalistic pieces for Onze Wereld and Utrechts Nieuwsblad.
Recent Public Lectures and Media Appearances
‘Arte e Comunidade', MEXE-II, Fábrica Rua de Alegria, Porto, Portugal, 21 November 2013.
'Exploring the Radical in Contemporary Community Arts', International Conference Radical theatre Yesterday and Today, Akcent Festival, Goethe Institute, Prague, 14 November 2013.
'Community Arts: Global Perspectives', Drama Department, University of Kwazulu Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, 30 October 2013.
'Arte Comunitario, Inclusion Social y otras palabras de moda', Institut del teatre, Barcelona, Spain, 21 March 2013.
'Community Arts: Global Perspectives', City Theatre, Gothenburg (Sweden), 17 August 2012.
‘Community Art and the City: a European View’. Illustrated public lecture, University of Victoria, BC, Canada, 24 November 2011.
‘Back and Forth: the Ethical Boundaries of Community Arts’. Illustrated lecture presented at the ICAN Conference, Letterkenny, Ireland, 19 – 20 May, 2011.
‘El festival Internacional de arte comunitario de Rotterdam’. Keynote presented at the 6th Community Theatre Encounter [Encuentro de Teatro Comunitario] in Madrid, 3 May 2011.
‘Community Arts in the Netherlands’. Presentation at Akzent festival and Symposium, Archa Theatre, Prague, Czech Republic, 7 October 2010.
‘Community Arts and the National Conversation,’ Symposium The Next Step: Community Arts in Broader Perspective, University College Utrecht, 30 June 2010.
‘Uneasy Identities: a comparative analysis of a Dutch Morroccan youth play and an urban Canadian Aboriginal theatre production’. Paper presented at Performance Studies International 16: Performing Publics, York University / Ontario College of Arts and Design, Toronto, 13 June 2010.
‘Looking for Legitimacy: The Battle over Community Arts in the Netherlands’. Theatre Applications Conference, Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, 22 April 2010.
“Community Art Networks in Europe”. Presentation at the Euro-Latin American Working Sessions on Art for Social Transformation. Hellerau (Dresden) European Center for the Arts, 16-19 May 2009.
“Community Art: International Roots and Principles”, keynote presentation, Dramaturges Association of Sweden, Orebro, 4 November 2008.
“Dialogics in Intercultural Community Arts: the Case of the Fathers”, paper presented at the 22nd Global IPRA (international Peace Research Association) Conference 2008, University of Leuven (Belgium), 18 July.
Keynote speech, ‘The Multiple Qualities of Community Art’, The Possibilities of the Unlimited Stage Conference, Stadshallen, Lund (Sweden), 14 March 2008.
Panel presentation with Yuyachkani (Peru), John O’Neal (Junebug, New Orleans) and Diajana Milosevic (Dah Theatre Belgrade), Acting Together on the World Stage: Setting the Scene for Peace Conference, Brandeis University (Boston, USA), 4 – 8 October 2007.
Workshop and Lecture Tour through Venezuela under auspices of the Venezualan National Theatre, May 2006.
Keynote lecture on Community Drama, Riksteatern National ‘Theatre Days’ Festival, Stockholm, Sweden, 18 – 20 November 2005.
‘Antillean Youth Theatre in Rotterdam and its Implications for the Caribbean’, paper presented at the 2nd Caribbean International Arts Education Symposium: The Practice and Prospects of Arts Education for Societies-in-Crisis, University of the West Indies, Trinidad, 27 – 30 June, 2005.
“The Trouble with The Trouble With Community”, dialogue with anthropologists Vered Amit and Nigel Rapport, international symposium ‘CIVICCentre: Reclaiming the Right to Performance’, University of Surrey at Roehampton (London, UK), 13 April 2003.
“Dutch Community Theatre and Cultural Memory,” paper presented at the 14th World Congress of the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR), Amsterdam 2 July 2002.
“Global Perspectives on Community Theatre,” 2-day seminar and practical theatre workshop for M.A. students in Theatre for Development, University of East Anglia, Norwich, England, 14-15 February 2002.
“A Web Conversation with Peter Sellars,” world premiere of Guillermo Gomez Peña’s Fetish Museum at the Performance Space, Redfern, Sydney (Australia), 6 July 2001.
Live Interview About Community Theatre on BBC Radio 4, 25 April 2001.
I have given guest lectures and presentations at most Dutch universities, at the IDEA World Congress in Kenya (1998), at the annual conference of the American Association for Theatre in Higher Education in San Francisco in 1995, for the Dutch professional Drama Teachers Association in 1994, at the annual conferences of the Australasian Drama Studies Association in Perth (1993) and Sydney (1987), and I have done lecture tours around such major American universities as Yale University and New York University in 1990, and most Australian and New Zealand universities in 1986 and 1987.
Recent Conferences, Festivals, Theatre- and Film Productions
Artistic Director, Utrecht Celebrates peace with Community Arts, Utrecht Municipal Theatre, 20 and 21 June 2013.
Artistic Director, Fifth International Community Arts Festival (ICAF), Rotterdam, Theatre Zuidplein, 7 March - 4 April 2011.
Co-Convenor, The Next Step: Community Arts in Broader Perspective, University College Utrecht, 30 June 2010.
Convenor, first annual retreat for community art researchers, Community Art Lab, Fort Blauwkapel, Utrecht, 1 April 2009
Convenor, first annual retreat for community artists, Community Art Lab, Fort aan de Klop, Utrecht, 17 and 18 December 2008
Programmer, Rotterdam International Community Arts Festival, 26 – 30 March, 2008.
(with Rien Sprenger and Mira Kho), program director, Community Art Cultural Sunday Festival, various locations in Utrecht, 22 September 2007.
(with Rien Sprenger, Mira Kho and Truus Wertheim-Cahen), convenor,Who Cares, working conference on mental health care, social work, art therapy, and community art, Utrecht, RASA, 20 September 2007.
(with Rien Sprenger a.o.) program director, Art in My BackyardCommunity Art Festival, Utrecht, 26 – 28 November 2006.
Convenor, Whose Play Is It Anyway? working conference on community art, Utrecht, 26-28 November 2006.
Artistic Advisor, International Community Theatre Festival Rotterdam, 30 March – 3 April 2005.
Director-producer, ‘cuentanan di barrio’, oral history video project in Aruba in collaboration with Instituto di Cultura and the National Library of Aruba, May 2006.
Executive Producer, Researcher, Sound Recordist, ‘Community Theatre: Global Perspectives’, a 90-minute feature documentary, published and distributed in 2003 by Routledge in London and New York. Directed by Rod Prosser (Vanguard Films, Wellington, New Zealand) for Memphis Film and Television / Ocean FilmProductions in Utrecht. Earlier screened at the Hoogt cinema in Utrecht for a week, and excerpts on BVN TV and the current affairs program ‘NOVA’ in the fall of 1998.
Producer/co-director (with Phillip Mann), Choussy for Beginners, site-specific group devised outdoor show, Courtyard of the Utrecht School of Economics, University College Campus, 7-9 May 2003.
Producer/percussionist, Macbeth (directed by New Zealand’s best-known theatre director Phillip Mann), University College auditorium, 26-31 January 2003.
Director/Producer (assisted by Australian director Venetia Gillot),Dot.Comedy, a roaming site-specific performance on digitalization and globalization, catacombes of the University College dining hall, 6-10 May 2002.
Producer, The Tempest (directed by Australian director Venetia Gillot), University College auditorium, 27 Januari-1 February 2002.
Producer/co-director (with Sally Gordon from Los Angeles), Escape, roaming site-specific outdoor performance on the University College campus, 6-9 & 30 May 2001.
I have also facilitated, produced and directed 15 original student shows at the University College Utrecht, the English Department of Utrecht University, and at the Theatre Department of Victoria University in Wellington (New Zealand). In addition, in the Netherlands I have produced professional performance events with dancer Wilson Picó from Ecuador, L.A.-based poet-performer Susan Suntree, New York-based playwright Harry Newman, the Australian performance group People Next Door (featuring Richard Murphet, Monica Barone and Boris Kelly), and, in 1989, a major 30-stop traveling theatre festival called ‘Cry of Asia!’, which included performers from 10 different Asian countries. I also produced Cry of Asia’s European premiere at the Avignon Festival and acted in one semi-professional play and several French- and Spanish-language graduate student productions at Vanderbilt University in the early 1980s.
Utrecht University, Theatre Studies, September 2007 – present: community Art, theory and practice (senior lecturer).
Instituto Pedagogico Arubano, 2004-6: papiamento drama and Caribbean Studies.
University College Utrecht, January 1999 – 2004: first, second- and third-year courses in drama. These courses are a mix of dramatic literature study and collective practical theatre making, drawing on a variety of texts and techniques from all over the world. (Senior Lecturer)
English Department, Utrecht University, August 1988 – August 2000: courses in Modern American Drama, African American Culture, 20thCentury American Fiction, The American ‘60s and ‘30s, and American Cultural Influence in the Netherlands. (Lecturer)
Theatre Department, Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), April, 1986 – July 1987: Political Theatre. (Post-Doc)
English Department, Utrecht University, August – December 1985: Modern British Literature and Drama. (Junior Lecturer)
English Department, Vanderbilt University (USA): English Prose Fiction, Drama, Conversational French. (Teaching Fellow)
Herman Jordan Montessori Lyceum, Zeist, January – May 1979: all VWO levels of English. (Intern)
German Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, 1978: Dutch language and Culture. (Instructor)
Native speaker of Dutch; near-native in English; fluent in Spanish, French and German; good knowledge of Papiamento, passive knowledge of Portuguese and Italian.
Holds ‘eerstegraads’ teacher’s qualification and ‘senior docent’ qualification from Utrecht University.
Marie Kleine Gartman Award for Theatre Criticism, 2009-2010.
University College first Lustrum Teacher Award as best teacher in the period 1999-2004.
Board Member, ‘PeerGrouP’ (Drenthe) site-specific theatre since June 2008.