About Usva


Sami Johnson

Sami grew up in India, surrounded by colours, vast culture and traditional Rajasthani music. His interest in theatre started from an early age and he joined many local theatre productions and later, acted in countless short films by independent producers. Finally, understanding that theatre is his calling, he enrolled at Calicut University and studied Theatre and Fine Arts, specializing in children’s theatre. He was trained as a director and enjoyed being involved in all the segments of the theatre production. One of his favourite directing experience was his play “Androcles and the Lion” where he united local theatre makers from Kerala in the form of Commedia dell’Arte. He took part in several international theatre festivals, most notable being the ITFOK, the International Theatre festival of Kerala. He participated in several workshops with the famous French director Arianne Mnouchkine who was one of the biggest influences in his directing style. During his position as a full-time Theatre Teacher in a prestigious international (IB) school, he learned how to approach Theatre teaching when working with people of all age groups. He is currently working as a freelance Theatre teacher, giving workshops in diverse cultural institutions such as ARTEZ University (Zwolle) and USVA. In his spare time, as a former professional squash player, he is giving personal coaching sessions. He strongly believes that sport and theatre are connected through a dynamic and ever-changing dialogue between the body and the mind.

Jorrit Boonstra

Jorrit Boonstra's lessons are only taught in Dutch.


Kees de Vries and Thomas Mook

Thomas Mook and Kees de Vries are founding members of the English improv comedy group "Stranger Things Have Happened". Both have been active in Stranger Things Have Happened as imrovisers and trainers since 2009. They frequently teach workshops in improv comedy. Kees de Vries has been active in English theatre since 2003. Between 2008 and 2010 he worked with students from the Bangor university theatre department with various productions in Wales. This cooperation led to a production in the Edinburgh Fringe in 2010. Additionally, he is an English teacher and works on the literature and theatre of the Anglo-Irish writer Oscar Wilde. Thomas Mook has been active in the Groninger theatre world since 2000, moving to English theatre in 2005. He is a teacher at the University of Groningen and the Hanze University, has given guest lectures on theatrical writing and staging, and is the writer of the television sitcom 'North'.


Lina Oosterheert

Lina studeerde Theater aan de Birmingham School of Speech and Drama van 1998 tot 2001. Tijdens en na haar studie regisseerde ze toneelstukken en sketches in zowel Engeland als Nederland. Ze treedt nog regelmatig op met Engelse scènes. Op dit moment is ze werkzaam als docente drama en CKV aan het HN Werkman College, theaterdocente bij de JTS van het ICO Assen, 't Clockhuys te Haren en eigenaar van Theatergroep 'de Doorbraak' in Groningen.

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