Annemiek van Elst

Annemiek van Elst


  • Location: London
  • Career stage: Early
  • Freelancer: Available

Annemiek van Elst is a director who trained The Netherland (Fontys School of Arts - Academy for Theatre - BA Directing / Teaching Drama) and the UK (Central School of Speech and Drama London - MA Advanced Theatre Practice).

She has worked with several companies and theatres in Europe and the UK including: Lyric Hammersmith, SHUNT, English National Opera, MERGE Festival, The Pleasance Theatre, Cardboard Citizens, Outside Edge, Het Zuidelijk Toneel, United-C, and Productiehuis Brabant.

Together with writer Claudia Marinaro she runs her company And Many Others, they create contemporary theatre that explores the beauty and malfunctions of our modern society.

Their first show No Fixed Abode, a storytelling performance about homelessness and belonging, had successful runs at Theaterfestival Boulvard, 198 Gallery Brixton, The Unresolved Festival and recently at Camden People's Theatre.

And Many Others followed up with Becoming Mohammed, a show inspired by Annemiek’s brother who converted to Islam. A first version was staged at The Space Theatre in June 2015, in collaboration with Lyric Hammersmith. After a development period, a new incarnation of Becoming Mohammed played at The Pleasance Theatre London in May 2017, funded by Arts Council England and Unity Theatre Trust.
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Besides her work as a director, Annemiek is passionate about facilitating theatre work to connect people and communities. She directed young companies at Theater Artemis, Matzer Theater, HARTS Theatre Company and Lyric Hammersmith, worked with young people in NEET, and gives workshop at Cardboard Citizens and Outside Edge Theatre where she creates performances with people who suffered from homelessness or substance abuse.

Other interested are writing (R.A. Zimmerman Against The Estiblishment (play), I'd Either Die at 27 (play), Jonge Liefde (prose) - published by Write Now! 2014) and film (Director - 48hour Film Festival Nijmegen, 1st AD - Boris The Dog Productions, Art Direction - Ghetto Films School NY, Art Direction - Ghetto Film School LA). 

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Advanced Theatre Practice - MA - Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Oct 2013 - Sep 2014

Directing - BA - Fontys School of Arts - Academy for Theatre

Sep 2008 - Jun 2012


  • Assistant Directing
  • Associate Director
  • Directing
  • Facilitating
  • Performing
  • Teaching
  • Writing