closePositionsStagingsBiographyPrizes and NominationsEducation“You don’t stop playing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop playing.” - George Bernhard Shaw - emptyPositionsPositionsArtistic and managing DirectorOorkaan Since 2015 Stage Directorsee StagingsSince 2006 Dance dramaturge & Company ManagerDance Company Nanine Linning / Städtische Bühnen Osnabrück (DE) 2010 – 2012 Co-founder WannaPlaygroundWannaplayground Since 2014 StagingsStagingsOctober 2019 TickleStage director International coproduction of Oorkaan, Dutch National Opera & Ballet and Philharmonie Luxembourg Touring around the world See more here December 2018 Tarantula and the dance of the animals - Saint SaënsStage director The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in coproduction with Oorkaan Venue: Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam See more here November 2018 Marching&Breakin'Stage director Opening Night of the International Tromp Percussion Eindhoven Festival With percussion soloists Dominique Vleeshouwers, Martin Grubinger, Breakdance Company The Ruggeds e.a. See more here September 2018 Jeanne d’Arc au Bûcher – Arthur HoneggerStage director With the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Conductor: Stéphane Denève Soloists: Christine Goerke, Jean-Noël Briend, Steven Humes e.a. Actors: Judit Chemla, Jean-Claude Drouot, Christian Gonon e.a. Venue: Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam & De Doelen Rotterdam See more here June 2018 Romeo & Juliette – Tchaikovsky’s Fantasy OvertureStage director The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in coproduction with Oorkaan Conductor: Gustavo Gimeno Venue: Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam See more here June 2017 Musical Catwalk with music from Ravel, Stravinski and TchaikovskyStage director The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in coproduction with Oorkaan Conductor: Daniele Gatti Venue: Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam See more here March 2017 Serenade - based on Dvorak's Serenade for StringsStage director With the Dutch Chamber Orchestra in coproduction with Oorkaan Venues: TivoliVredenburg Utrecht, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ Amsterdam See more here December 2015 Lohengrin - Richard WagnerStage director The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Conductor: Sir Mark Elder Soloists: Klaus Florian Vogt, Camilla Nylynd e.a. Venue: Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam Nomination “Opera of the Year 2015” See more here May 2013 Der fliegende Holländer – Richard WagnerStage director The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Conductor: Andris Nelsons Soloists: Anja Kampe, Terje Stensvold e.a. Venue: Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam See more here 2010 – 2012 Dance Company Nanine LinningDramaturge Dramaturgy of the following productions: Madame Butterfly – Puccini / a dance-opera Requiem – Faure / a multi disciplinary dance performance Voice Over – a modern dance production (nominated for the Faust) 2009 – 2010 Der fliegende Holländer – Richard WagnerEvening Director & Directors assistent to Martin Kusej Dutch National Opera Soloists:: Catherine Naglestad, Mary/Marina Prudenskaja e.a. See more here 2009 Adaptation of Mendelssohn’s Liedcycle Heimkehr aus der FremdeStage director Utrecht Early Music Festival See more here 2008 Marco Polo – Tan DunSecond Directors Assistant to Pierre Audi Dutch National Opera See more here PRIZES AND NOMINATIONSPrizes and NominationsStage DirectorWinner YAMawards 2020 (Young Audience Music Awards) for "Small Ensemble" for Tickle International coproduction of Oorkaan, Dutch National Opera & Ballet and Philharmonie Luxembourg Nomination “Opera of the Year 2015” for Lohengrin, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra For 2019 - 2021 Caecilia has been selected for the ISPA Fellowship Program supported by Dutch Culture / Dutch Performing Arts Viva 400 Creative 2018 Artistic Director OorkaanWinner YAMawards 2020 (Young Audience Music Awards) for "Small Ensemble" for Tickle International coproduction of Oorkaan, Dutch National Opera & Ballet and Philharmonie Luxembourg Winner YAMawards 2018 (Young Audience Music Awards) for ‘Best Production of the Year ‘ and ‘Best large ensemble’ – Skyggespill (6+) with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra Winner YAMawards 2018 (Young Audience Music Awards) for ‘Best Production of the Year ‘ and ‘Best large ensemble’ – Skyggespill (6+) with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra Nomination ‘Amsterdam Price for the Arts 2017’ in the category “Best Achievement” DramaturgeNomination for Der Faust 2012 for VOICE OVER a choreography by Nanine Linning EDUCATIONEducation1999 – 2004 Stage direction & Acting Theaterkade Amsterdam1993 – 1998 Master of Arts in Theatre Science - University of Utrecht Grades: Theater / Arts Administration and ManagementLANGUAGE Dutch (Native)English (Professional working proficiency)German (Professional working proficiency)French (Elementary proficiency) BIOGRAPHY‘We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.’ This quote of George Bernhard Shaw inspires me to create new work and manage my company every day with curiosity, passion and joy. 'After completing her Master’s Degree in theatre science, Caecilia studied Stage directing and Acting at the Theaterkade in Amsterdam. Since 2003 she has been working as a freelance stage director and cultural entrepreneur in projects ranging from opera to modern dance, and from industrial design to films. Creating craftsmanshipAt De Nationale Opera, she assisted Pierre Audi with the opera ‘Marco Polo’ and Martin Kušej with ‘Der fliegende Holländer’. At VocaalLAB (now: Silbersee) she directed young, classical educated singers in modern music theatre repertoire in ‘Berlijn-Bagdad’ and trained them in physical performance. Cultural entrepreneurIn 2008, Caecilia set up TIS Theater and created two innovative music productions. In ‘Jij verlaat mij voordat ik jou verlaat’ she murged Schubert’s ‘Winterreise’ and Schumann’s ‘Frauenliebe und –Leben’ into a moving music theatre performance. On stage: a singing mime player, a physical acting mezzo-soprano and acting musicians. The other TIS Theater production was a refined theatre adaptation of Mendelsohn’s ‘Heimkehr aus der Fremde’, performed by four singers and two acting pianists. It was mentioned as ‘the surprise of Festival Oude Muziek 2009’ by the Dutch journal NRC. A few years later, she founded WannaPlayGround together with stage designer Jan Boiten. WannaPlayGround is an interactive platform for contemporary composers. A playground for adults, where music, light, landscape and audience come together. Crossing bordersIn 2010, her curiosity led Caecilia to Osnabrück, Germany, where she has been working for two years at Dance Company Nanine Linning. With Linning she created the dance opera ‘Madama Butterfly’ (Pucini) and the successful multi-disciplinary dance production ‘Requiem’ based on the work of Fauré. ‘Voice Over’, her last production as a dramaturg at Nanine Linning, was nominated for ‘Der Faust 2012’, Germany’s most important theatre award. Passionate stage directorBack in Holland, Caecilia works as a stage director with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra on a regularly basis. In 2013 she created the semi-staged version of Wagner’s ‘Der fliegende Holländer’, followed up by ‘Lohengrin’. Lohengrin was nominated for the "Opera of the Year 2015" by Opera Magazine. In 2018 she directed Honegger’s ‘Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher’- that was praised by press and public. Artistic and managing director at OorkaanSince 2015 she is the artistic and managing director of Oorkaan, an Amsterdam based company that creates music productions for young audiences. In this position she combines a lot of her talents: her craftsmanship as a stage director, her talent for cultural cooperation and her heart for universal classical music and physical performance. And of course, to keep up with young audiences, you have to stay curious and keep on playing – don’t grow old!