The Toneelacademie Maastricht is a full-scale theatre organisation with professional staff and facilities. We have ten large, high-ceilinged studios, two of them large ballet studios with mirrors and a barre. A grand piano and two upright pianos are available outside lesson times. The main hall of the Academy is a fully equipped theatre with 100 seats. It’s here that we put on the main student performances. The main hall is also used by Maastricht’s theatre – Het Theater aan het Vrijthof – for its flat-floor productions for the city and the region.
Studying and researching at the Academy are facilitated by our specialised library. This has its own website and Libguide where you can access information online. The librarians are Helen Korpel, Brigitte Stijns and Marcelline Stegeman. The opening hours of the library are Monday till Friday from 9.30 am till 1.00 pm. There is a computer lab with Internet and printing facilities for information and for communication with the world outside the Academy.
The theatre technicians, Jean-Paul Caelen en Marc Zwietink, ensure that students can work within a professional theatre environment, with all the necessary audiovisual and lighting facilities.
In our AV studio, with cameraman and audio/video editor Jo van Laar, students learn how to work both before and behind the camera. ICT is dealt with by Hans Lasschuit.
The Academy also has a well-equipped sets workshop. The workshops and the building is maintained by Frank Spijkerman and Jean Monseweije. The props department is run by Marly Lemmens.
Mare de Groot is the director of the department Podiumkunsten from Zuyd Hogeschool. The Toneelacademie's director is Rob Ligthert. The secretarial department is headed by Debbie ten Berge. Conny Boosten, Miranda Peters and Raissa Reintjens are in charge of the student administration department. Students should approach them with administrative queries etc. Everyday “domestic” and facility matters are dealt with by Betty Hover, Paul Rondags and Sannie Straatman, the porters and receptionists. The canteen is run by Naomi de Frétes. Jacqueline van Dongen deals with PR and communication. The dean’s department, headed by Frederike Verhallen and Hans Houben, is available to help all students with matters concerning student grants, planning their programme, and progress.
The Academy’s financial expert is Henri Haenen.
Sophie van Loos is part of the department scheduling and organisation. She makes the school schedules together with Marc Zwietink. Anne de Loos assists the coördinator of the Mastre Theatre programme.