Erwin Maas is a New York based theatermaker, teacher and international arts advocate from the Netherlands. He has worked extensively in Australia, Europe, South Africa and USA. Maas is the Artistic Director of the International Society for Performing Arts (ISPA), Artistic Associate & Director of the Fellowship Program for the International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY), Co-founding Director of the Pan-African Creative Exchange (PACE), and the Programming Director for the Off Broadway Origin Theatre Company. He is a frequently invited facilitator, workshop leader, moderator and speaker for international cultural organizations, festivals, universities, congresses and think tanks. Erwin was a Fulbright Scholar for his MFA in Theatre Directing at Columbia University School of the Arts in NYC. He also holds a M.A. in Drama Teaching and BFA in Directing & Acting from the Academy of Dramatic Arts Eindhoven in the Netherlands, and a M.A. in Media Arts and Production/Documentary Filmmaking from the University of Technology Sydney - Australia. From 2010 to 2014, Maas shared the position of Director of Performing Arts for the Cultural Department of the Royal Netherlands Embassy & Consulates in the USA - Dutch Culture USA. He currently teaches as Adjunct Professor at CUNY Brooklyn College's MFA Performance & Interactive Media Arts Program (PIMA). Erwin is a core-member of Theater Without Borders, a member of the Netherland-America Foundation Cultural Committee and he is on the Artistic Advisory Board of DecadesOut, an organization at the intersection of Arts, Science & Policy, and the ISSUE Project Room in Brooklyn.


POISON premieres Off Broadway to great acclaim...

POISON by Lot Vekemans received its English language & North American premiere with a 5 week run Off Broadway at the Beckett Theatre on Theatre Row 42nd Street NYC. This all could not have been possible without Origin Theatre Company and its artistic director George Heslin. I could not be happier with how overwhelmingly positive the reponses have been and I'm so proud of the entire cast & crew. The production received high praises in reviews - here are a few:

New York Times - Critics’ Pick!: “Fearless! Emotionally bare!”

Plays to See - * * * * * Best Bet!: "Poison has some of the best acting I’ve seen in some time! Director Erwin Maas did a phenomenal job! An operatic journey! It comes recommended!”

Huffington Post: “Splendid Performances! Provocative and Universal!”

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