Liliane Brakema (Noordwijk, 1987) graduated in 2015 from the Theatre Directing programme at the Academy of Theatre and Dance of the Amsterdam University of the Arts, with the productions Gif and Wilde Eend. Wilde Eend was subsequently selected for the National Dutch Theatre Festival as one of the ten best productions of the previous season. In November 2015 she was awarded the André Veltkamp Prize for the same production from the Academy of Theatre and Dance of the Amsterdam University of the Arts.
In her work, Brakema contrasts existing texts with a strong visual language. Her years of study at the Maastricht Academy of Performing Arts and the Theatre Directing programme in Amsterdam can be characterized by her intense research into bringing two entities – text and image – together. During her studies, she interned with Johan Simons of the Münchner Kammerspiele, and with Eric de Vroedt at Toneelgroep Amsterdam.
Last season (2015/2016) she directed a production for young people, Starring # 19: Woyzeck at the Toneelschuur in Haarlem, and Mon Amour, a Fraslab production at Amsterdam's Frascati theatre. She has also reprised Wilde Eend. Future projects include directing such companies as Mugmetdegoudent and and Matzer, as well as producing her own productions.
Liliane Brakema is part of the Theatre Coalition which is made up of Theater Bellevue, Het Compagnietheater and the Amsterdam University of the Arts. The Coalition describes Liliane Brakema as a 'director with an exceptional talent' and praise Brakema's plans for the coming year. One example is her plan to create a performance based on Ingmar Bergman's film Face to Face. That production will have its premiere in Theater Bellevue, and will also be performed in Het Compagnietheater.
Listen to an interview (in Dutch) with Liliane Brakema on Nieuws and Co from Netherlands Radio 1 about her performance of the Wilde Eend and her participation in the 3PackageDeal: