The Maastricht Theatre Academy offers a broad acting programme, in which students learn to deal with theatrical forms both old and new. You learn how to make yourself understood in a large auditorium. You train the expressiveness of your body and your voice. During the projects, you get to know a wide variety of directors and acting styles. You work a lot of the time with students in the Theatrical Performance and Directing programmes. That’s not just inspiring, it also broadens your view of what theatre involves. Acting for the camera is an important part of your programme, as is your musical development. Every student takes singing lessons. You can also take an extra programme if you want to perform pop music or learn to compose.

Acting requires guts! You yourself are the instrument. As an actor, you are constantly doing battle with yourself, and that demands a considerable amount of drive and perseverance.

During the theory lessons, you learn about theatrical traditions and our cultural heritage. In doing so, you create a bridge with the present. What does acting mean nowadays? You think critically about trends in the world of theatre. You learn how to back up your own views with arguments.

Together with your student counsellor, you work out your own programme sequence. You do a number of work placements and you perform in the Netherlands and beyond.

The Academy’s teachers and all the guest teachers have at least one foot in the actual world of the performing arts in the Netherlands or the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium. They have accepted the challenge of helping you explore new paths in theatre.

The Acting programme is a full-time day-time programme lasting 4 years
Contact: Martin Verheesen


Main subject: acting
Theory: dramaturgy, theatre history and analysis, cultural criticism, film analysis, theatrical world
Technique: music, singing, speech, and movement


The Acting programme consists of basic training lasting one and a half years during which you learn the basics of the profession. The workshops begin at the end of your second year.