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Merel Smitt
Based in Rotterdam
Working local and international

 

Education    

2018 – 2020 MA, DAS Graduate School; DAS Theatre, Amsterdam, NL 
2010 – 2014 Bachelor in Theater, Institute of Performative Arts; Directing, Maastricht, NL
2005 – 2007 Ward Acting Studio; Meisner Technique   New York, USA
2004 – 2005 Utrechts Centrum v/d Kunsten; 1-year course   Utrecht, NL


AIR / Artist in Residence

2021 Giungla Festival, (S.O.F.A & i-Portunus) Lucca, Italy
2020 Welcome To Our Guesthouse, Productiehuis Theater Rotterdam, NL
2020 Metropolis Residencies, København International Theater Copenhagen, DK // video interview
2018 Over Het IJ Festival LAB Amsterdam, NL
2018 EAP, Intensive course Participatory Arts Bucharest, Romania
’15-’19 Time Window Rotterdam
2017 Broedplaats pand 18/Festival Cement ’s-Hertogenbosch
’15-’16 Atelier Oerol/Over Het IJ Amsterdam/Terschelling
2014 ’t Laagland Sittard


Teaching / Coaching / Advising

2019-present Artistic advisor in the fields of theatre, dance and performance art.
2022 Guest artist & advisor for the dept. “Transformation Design”. Willem De Kooning Academy, Rotterdam NL
2021 Guest artist & advisor emerging artists in the “young makers program” Over Het IJ Festival, Amsterdam NL
2021 Advisor at B course “City as a Stage: Critical Interventions in Public Space” University Utrecht, NL
2020 Teaching an 8-week performance course to adults. Plein Theater Amsterdam, NL
2020 Advising young independent artists in developing their art projects. Plein Theater Amsterdam, NL
2020 Teaching a workshop “Interventions in Public Space” to teenagers. Contact Theater, Manchester (UK)
2020 Teaching at B course “City as a Stage: Critical Interventions in Public Space”. University Utrecht, NL


Work

2022 The Waiting Game Productiehuis Theater Rotterdam, NL currently in development
2022 What are you waiting for? Productiehuis Theater Rotterdam, NL
2021 How To Start A Movement Ar-Tur Center for Architecture, Turnhout BE
2021 How To Start A Movement Theater Rotterdam, NL
2021 While Waiting, Wait Here MINDSCAPES by SICK! Festival, Manchester UK
2021 How To Start A Movement STORMOPKOMST, Turnhout BE
2020 How To Start A Movement Productiehuis Theater Rotterdam
2020 How To Wait For Your Laundry? Metropolis Residencies, Copenhagen
2020 The Hitchhiker Walking Copenhagen, Copenhagen
2020 How To Start A Movement (The Mail-Art Project) DAS Theatre, Amsterdam
2019 How To Start A Movement (The RPG) DAS Theatre, Amsterdam
2019 Better Safe Than Sorry Pt. 3 Festival Andere Theater, Leiden
2018 De risicometer Week van de Data, ‘s-Hertogenbosch
2018 Zo’n Vaart Zal Het Niet Lopen Over het IJ Festival, Amsterdam
2018 Past u in ons hokje? FNV, Utrecht (in collaboration with takeadetour.eu)
2017 Better Safe Than Sorry Part 3 SCHUNCK, Heerlen
2017 Better Safe Than Sorry Part 2 Over Het IJ Festival, Amsterdam
2017 Better Safe Than Sorry Part 1 Karavaan Festival, Alkmaar
2016 Veilig naar Buiten “De Enquete” Time Window Festival, Rotterdam
2016 Hulp voor Solitairen Limburg Festival
2016 het Traject Pt. 2 Over Het IJ Festival, Amsterdam
2016 het Traject Pt. 1 Oerol, Terschelling
2016 het Ontmoetingsbureau Karavaan, Alkmaar
2016 De Boer in Midden-Limburg VIA ZUID, leudal
2016 Hulp voor Solitairen VIA ZUID & Cultureel Lint, Weert
2015 Hulp voor Solitairen Time Window Festival, Rotterdam
2015 Hulp voor Solitairen Over Het IJ Festival, Amsterdam
2014 De Boer in Noord-Holland Karavaan Festival, Alkmaar
2014 After The End (Dennis Kelly), Compagnietheater, Amsterdam
2014 After The End (Dennis Kelly), ’t Laagland Sittard
2014 TIM Karavaan Festival, Alkmaar
2013 TIM Festival de Basis, Flight Base Soesterberg
2013 Zusters onder de Bogen, Lambertuschurch Maastricht


Other projects

2019 Broadcasting From Babylon, participant, co-thinker, Amsterdam
2015 – 2016 Time Window Festival, organizer, Rotterdam
2015 – 2019 Time Window, co-founder, Rotterdam
2014 – 2015 Schaduwploeg/shadowgroup DAS Research, Amsterdam


Nominations/
Prizes/Support

2019 Participant: Arts/Science Honneurs Programme KNAW, Amsterdam
2019 Volkskracht Bekker La Bastide Fund
2018 Volkskracht Bekker La Bastide Fund
2018 Hendrik Muller Fund
2018 Talentsupport
2016 LLTB
2016 Brand Cultuurfonds
2016 Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds

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