Mart van Berckel

Mart van Berckel is a director of music theatre and opera, with a great preference for developing and directing new repertoire.


Mart van Berckel studied piano, music theatre and directing at ArtEZ University of the Arts (Arnhem) and the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (Zürich). In 2016, his graduation performance PLAY MAIDS won the audience award at festival Körber Studio Junge Regie in Hamburg.


Since then, he has created productions for, amongst others, Theater aan de Rijn, KASKO, Theater Bellevue, Theater Sonnevanck, Theater Oostpool, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Dutch National Opera Academy, Dutch National Opera Amsterdam and Staatsoper Hamburg. From 2021, he is associate artist at NITE (National Interdisciplinary Theatre Ensemble).


In 2023, he made his directing debut at the Dutch National Opera Amsterdam and in Germany at the Staatsoper Hamburg. His production of “Silvesternacht” was received with critical acclaim. About “Ändere die Welt“, the German magazine Opernwelt wrote: “The audience was crying. And felt – how rare! – really, and rightly so, shaken out of their inner and outer comfort zone.” The creation was mentioned by Theaterkrant as the best new composition of season 2022-2023, and will have its revival at the Semperoper Dresden in December 2024.

In March 2024, Mart returned to the Dutch National Opera, where he jumped in to take over the stage direction of Stravinsky’s “Oedipus Rex”. Bachtrack lauded it five stares and called it “a double triumph for Dutch National Opera and Ballet”. In the same season, his production “Supertramp” was awarded the Silver Cricket for ‘most impressive performance for young audiences’ and will be part of in the official jury selection of the Dutch Theatre Festival in September 2024.


Mart’s work is visual, poetic and rich in fantasy. He digs right through the canon of visual arts, film, classical music and literature and uses these sources of inspiration to create unique and associative theatrical collages. Mart directs like a composer and a visual artist: with precision and great eye for detail and musicality, he puzzles together imagery, sound, text, light and movement. This makes his works into sensory theatre-trips, that go beyond rationality and hit straight in the gut.


For season 23-24, engagements include Theater Sonnevanck (in coproduction with Theater Oostpool), Bellevue Theater Amsterdam, the Royal Concertgebouworkest and the Dutch National Opera Academy.




© Laurien Riha