Open group

Theater is a place to feel at home, feel free, and to explore qualities you might not even know you had. 

Or to develop further what you know you’ve got! If you want to have one night a week where you can dive into a different world and let all of you out… You’ve found the right place. We also have our own bar where we enjoy after rehearsal chill-outs.

Our cast for this season is set, but find out below how you can join next season.

From the 18th of September till the 18th of December 2024 we have our training sessions. Imagine them as extended workshops. All centered around developing your skills to become a compelling stage performer.  

Whether you have previous experience with some of the techniques or not doesn’t matter. The group is small enough to challenge you as a performer on your level. We have performers that have been with us for years, and every year they develop their skill even more.

Some things you will learn (or further develop if you have previous experience):

Vocal Control 

You’ll learn to fully use your core and your body as an instrument for resonance to give power to your speech.
Improve your articulation/pronunciation and learn techniques to make you pleasantly and perfectly audible for the audience. 

Power in Movement 

Develop your stage presence.

Scene/Speech interpretation 

You’ll learn how to make Shakespeare’s speeches sound like your own words. 

Dynamic staging 

Spacial awareness in a scene and how to make acting choices that help bring the story to life.

Character development

The techniques you’ll learn at the training sessions are there to make the character come to life. And make if feel effortless for the viewing audience. 

You will learn to connect with your fellow actor and the audience, find depth in the amazing language of Shakespeare and enjoy the exhilarating kick of finding all that you are capable of!

Everyone will be given the same three scenes and can pick one of five monologues to work on. Participants of the training sessions have a guaranteed spot in the performance. You can also choose to only join the training sessions.

We hope you will join us in our cozy and homely workspace for our training sessions that are both fun and challenging. Together we can proudly work on your development develop as a performer.

Below you will find the faces of our 2023/2024 season with a personal quote about their experiences with us.

“Park Avenue Theater is a warm group willing to work hard while having fun. We all support each other”
“With Jo I learn in one day what elsewhere would have cost me months”
“The lessons at Park Avenue theater challenge me to keep on learning new things with a sweet and motivated group.”
“Park Avenue Theater is not just a platform to explore Shakespeare by diving deep into the rhythm of his language, but also is a group of loving, hardworking and welcoming people with whom rehearsal time flies by incredibly quickly”

New Season

On the 18th of September 2024, we will be starting our new season! As in our previous year, we will have a three month training period. From September till December. In December we will hold auditions for anyone that wants to join the performance and has not been at the training sessions. Then a casting will be made. 

In March we will start the rehearsal period and we will perform around June/July 2024.

For this project, we will be accepting players from entry and intermediate levels. All we ask is an open mind to learn from each other and a commitment to the work. Every actor always has their own process, no matter how ‘high’ the level. In order to maintain that development, our group consists of no more than ten actors.

Rehearsals and training sessions are on Wednesday nights from 19:30 till 22:00.

€ 260 for the whole track, or € 100 for a single month.

Open rehearsals

This year we have one open rehearsals where you can meet the group and our director. This will be on Wednesday the 11th of September 2024 from 20:00 till 22:00. It will take place at our own rehearsal space at ‘de Roos van Dekamaweg 4’ in Amsterdam.

Meet the group

Daan

"Jo is a very attentive, supportive, and inspiring director, fully committed to her craft. She lives and breathes Shakespeare. She cares about the group a lot, but she also asks for a level of professionalism, seamlessly adjusting her approach to make everyone equally excited and challenged at the same time."

Janna

"Park Avenue Theater has a very open atmosphere. We always start and end the rehearsals together, giving them an incredible and welcoming feeling.

Jo always knows exactly how to help you improve, both as an actor and as a person."

Ilse

Jo is motivated by the mission to help actors find fulfilment and belonging in their acting.Under her guidance,I discovered techniques to make my acting more genuine, to play with deeper emotions, and to focus on breathing and concentration.Jo is such an inspirational professional and a generous human being.

Gaia

"I love it!​In the rehearsals there is so much focus in the group and it's a safe place to learn.Jo is very precise and involved director. She is always looking for new ways to improve the actors individually and the group as a whole. It's worth the long travel!

Florentyna

The first rehearsal immediately felt very pleasant. Despite the fact that I had no idea of ​​Shakespeare, Jo managed to clarify Shakespeare's pieces through a visual exercise. The group feels very accessible and everyone has his or her experience in playing / playing in English to learn from. The group is also not too big, so everyone gets the right attention.​

Mark

Performing at Park Avenue Theatre has been really fun since I started.From the very first day, I felt welcome and there is a positive and fun atmosphere in every class. I love the way that the theatre group is very directed towards learning a speciality (Shakespeare theatre) and that everyone is very motivated and enthused to get the most out of each session.The group is eclectic, thoughtful, patient, and fun! I highly recommend it!

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