My name is Elze van den Akker and I am an object theatre-maker, scenographer and visual artist.

I studied Objecttheater at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Amsterdam and graduated in 1995. I have worked since with national and international theatre groups such as Groupe Zur, Das Letzte Kleinod, Christina de Châtel, Feike Boschma, Dogtroep, Tryater and De Jonge Republiek.



My specialities are visual and site-specific theatre. I design and make puppets, objects, costumes as well as fully immersive environments. My designs start from the emotional value of the character or story of the play. I then decide which materials and colours are needed. My work can and has been described as inventive, innovative and playful.



Besides working as scenographer I make artworks and do art-projects. I like to use uncommon materials such as discarded plastic bags and combine them with textile, cyanotype prints or acrylic paints. My visual artwork can be described as theatrical. I like telling a story with just one image.



It might not be a surprise my theatreworks are a big inspiration for my art and vice versa. As soon as I discover something new working on one project I try to figure out how it could work in another situation.