Erwin Maas

Erwin Maas is a New York based theatermaker, educator and international arts advocate from the Netherlands. He has worked extensively in Australia, Europe, South Africa and USA. In New York, he directs numerous productions Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway as well as Site Specific. 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 director, facilitator, educator, and speaker for international cultural organizations, festivals, universities, congresses and think tanks. From 2010 to 2014, Maas was the 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 Georgetown University's Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics and of the Netherland-America Foundation Cultural Committee. He also serves on the Artistic Advisory Board of the ISSUE Project Room in Brooklyn and DecadesOut, an organization at the intersection of Arts, Science & Policy. Maas 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 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.



GIF / POISON / ITYHEFU premieres in South Africa

"Deeply Moving ... Masterfully Acted ... Smart Direction" - Volksblad

GIF / POISON / ITYHEFU premiered at the Vrystaat Arts Festival in PACOFS, Bloemfontein. After directing the English world premiere of this beautiful Dutch play by Lot Vekemans Off Broadway in NYC last year, I was excited to make the South African version come to life in Afrikaans, English and isiXhosa. Wonderfully performed by Tinarie van Wyk-Loots, Atandwa Kani & Mahlodi Kenny Rakotsoane. Beautiful design by Guy De Lancey & Michael Garbett. Stage Manager: Michelle Hetzel - Production Manager: Adriaan Meyer.

Thank you to everyone involved for a fantastic run.