International Dramaturgy (Arts and Culture)

This selective 18-month Master's programme trains future generations of dramaturges to work in theatrical settings across cultural, linguistic, social and national boundaries. You will combine rigorous academic coursework with an internship in the Netherlands or abroad to help you develop your practical dramaturgical skills.

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Working in an international cultural and artistic sphere 

The theatre and performance practice of today is increasingly characterised by international and intercultural collaborations. Taking the stage at festivals and performance venues, where artists and groups come together from across the world, today's dramaturges are required to historicise, interpret and translate theatrical processes across a broad range of cultural and artistic spheres. During this Master's programme in International Dramaturgy, you will develop practical as well as theoretical skills to engage with these new cross-cultural performance contexts. The programme offers in-depth training in cultural translation, adaptation and mediation for a wealth of 21st-century international performance practices. 

Why study International Dramaturgy in Amsterdam?

The Master's in International Dramaturgy offers you:

  • A programme that is unique in Europe and one of the leading programmes of its kind worldwide;
  • The chance to study in Amsterdam's city centre, a European cultural hub with a vibrant international performance scene;
  • Collaborations with the National Opera, leading theatres, performers and production houses;
  • Individual support to help you find suitable internships, both locally and internationally; 
  • An international teaching staff of leading experts in the field of dramaturgy; 
  • The chance to go on an international exchange at universities in Cape Town, Sao Paulo, Stockholm, Berlin and Ghent.

Student profile

You will be considered for admission to the Master’s programme if you can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight and skills:

  • You have taken academic courses equivalent to at least one full-time semester of academic studies in theatre, drama or performance studies and preferably have practical experience in staging. 
  • You bring the readiness and curiosity to delve into and combine both academic research and practical dramaturgical skills.
  • You are able to conduct research independently and know how to formulate consistent and functional research questions, collect material, apply theory, and write a thesis. Substantial experience in doing research and academic writing is a plus.
  • You have a keen interest in all kinds of theatre performances and have demonstrable knowledge about (local) productions.
  • You are interested in current political and social discourses and their translation into artistic theatrical processes.
  • You have an awareness of basic theoretical notions in theatre and performance studies and methods of drama and performance analysis (additional practical experience in dramaturgical work is an advantage). 
  • You have a desire to contribute eagerly and critically to the academic and interdisciplinary environment of our Graduate School, as demonstrated in a motivation letter in which you explain why you think you would be a good candidate for the Master’s International Dramaturgy.


The Dual Master's International Dramaturgy is an accredited degree programme of Arts and Culture. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master's degree in Arts and Culture and the title Master of Arts (MA).

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