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Dramaturgy Database

Useful resources

On this page you find a collection of resources that can be useful for students and researchers in theatre, dance and performance. Some resources have a broad orientation and aim to catalog the field of theatre in the Netherlands, others are more specific and focused.


This website provides an encyclopedia of theatre in the Netherlands. It contains information on all officially registered premieres since 1800 and also offers the opportunity to watch videos of certain performances. This database spans many genres of theater and dance, including mime and youth theater.


Collection Theater Instituut Nederland (TIN)

The collection of the former Theater Instituut Nederland (TIN) is available through an online catalogue. It is possible to request items on loan or for examination on site in Amsterdam. Materials include historic posters, scale models of set designs, costumes, masks, and props, and an extensive library collection.



This is an initiative to make collections of cultural institutions accessible to makers, researchers and those who are otherwise interested. The aim is to establish a digital network of archives and collections that will make the history of the performing arts come alive.



Sarma, laboratory for discursive practices and expanded publication, offers a collection of text materials that is openly accessible. Its archive contains texts on dance, performance, and related subjects.


Invisible Diaries

The UK-based Dramaturg’s Network offers a collection of reflective documentation of life during the pandemic. Several dramaturgs have taken turns, each writing diary entries for a week and reflecting on how daily life changed drastically. The texts are informed by the dramaturg’s different backgrounds and show original takes on how we can deal with this situation.