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Emile Schra was trained as a dramaturg at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands (M.A. 1985) and in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam from 1989 to 1991. After his studies, he travelled for field research to Indonesia (1988), Mexico (1990) and India (1992). In 1996, he was involved as a researcher in a European actor’s project in Thebes, Greece.  
He published books on theatre games and creative storytelling, on director Peter Brook (1995), Ivo van Hove (2018), and on performer Herman van Veen (2015)—and wrote numerous articles for Holland Festival, Dutch newspapers and magazines like De Gids, Vrij Nederland, and TheaterMaker. He recently contributed as an author to the Methuen publication "Ivo van Hove; from Shakespeare to David Bowie" in 2018.  
In 1991, he started with the PassePartout Foundation, aiming at an international exchange in performing arts by means of training and research projects. He organized more than 150 projects with performers with diverse backgrounds and nationalities. They collaborated in Utrecht with hundreds of interested participants. 
His experience as a trainer and instructor varies from the Actor’s School of the Utrecht School for the Arts (HKU), the Brabant Conservatory in Tilburg, the Drama School Eindhoven to the School for Performing Arts in Bandung (Indonesia).  
He currently works as a dramaturg/writer/director, as a freelance journalist, and as a lecturer at Hogeschool Utrecht for the minor Creative Storytelling, and as an instructor for Emerson College in the European Centre at Kasteel Well.


Areas of Expertise

  • Performing Arts