Last update: 27 May 2021


Paulien Geerlings 

ETC Vice-President and Head Dramaturge at De Toneelmakerij, Amsterdam/The Netherlands

Paulien Geerlings is a dramaturge, translator and yogi. After her high school education, she studied Philosophy and Theatre studies at the University of Amsterdam. In 2004 she graduated at DasArts, an international, multidisciplinary Master of Theatre, based in Amsterdam and founded by Ritsaert ten Cate. Between 2004 and 2006, she has been working with Theatre Company Dood Paard. In 2006 she became dramaturge of Ad de Bont, playwright and artistic director of youth theatre company Wederzijds. This company merged with Liesbeth Coltof’s Huis aan de Amstel in 2009 and became De Toneelmakerij, the Amsterdam theatre company for young audiences. Since its establishment, Paulien Geerlings is the in house dramaturge of De Toneelmakerij. As dramaturge, she has a strong focus on new writing, coaching of playwrights and supporting writers initiatives. She translated several plays for De Toneelmakerij.


Laura Szabó

Poetry Slamer and Young Europe Ambassador

Laura Szabó (19), “Lala” for short, has been involved in several cultural projects and art groups in the past years, though she leans more towards performing arts. She does poetry slam which has become a significant part of her life and she is a member of Reményik School Theatre. She has been doing Ten Sing work under the YMCA in the group Ten Sing Savariae, where they put together shows that include singing, dancing, and theatre elements.


Cristina Cazzola

Cultural Project Manager and Creative Producer for Performing Arts

Cristina Cazzola is a cultural producer with a strong experience in strategic networking, mentoring and fund raising for public institutions, private foundations and enterprises to foster internationalisation processes. She has a specific expertise in audience development and engagement methodologies for teenagers and young people. She is the artistic director of Mantova SEGNI New Generations Festival, producer of TEENtheatrenetwork  and CHAIN REACTION project. From April 2021 she is member of Assitej International Executive Committee.


Dr. Hannah Grainger-Clemson

Culture and Education Researcher and Consultant

Hannah Grainger-Clemson worked as a secondary school drama teacher before completing a PhD in drama and education and focusing on arts education research, whilst also tutoring new teachers in training. She worked as a community arts festival manager before joining the European Commission to focus on supporting ministries with their school education systems and the development of cultural awareness and expression. Most recently, she was project leader for work on a framework for Blended Learning in school education, advocating for a range of environments and tools to be embedded in learning. She now works as an independent culture and education researcher and consultant.


Anton Kurt Krause

Stage Director and Media Artist

Anton Kurt Krause studied directing at the ADK in Ludwigsburg. Afterwards he spent three years working for the Thalia-Theater in Hamburg. Since 2018 he has been studying the masters programme Spiel & Objekt (Game & Object) at the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch. His work is a mixture between theatre, games and installation. anne&ich is his own collective and he has collaborated with machina eX or doublelucky productions.


Feray Halil

Theater Scholar, Ethnologist and Feminist Activist

Her work focuses on issues of power relations, representation and exclusion in contemporary arts. At the Allianz Kulturstiftung, an independent not-for-profit cultural foundation, which promotes open and diverse societies, Feray is responsible for the performing and visual arts.

Young Europe Festival Programme

Young Europe Festival, To:Gather

7-9 June 2021

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