Erwin Maas

“Learn to be silent – let your quiet mind listen and absorb.” – Pythagoras

Erwin Maas was born in the Netherlands in 1976. After his first degree in Drama Teaching, Directing and Acting from the Theatre Academy in the Netherlands, Maas obtained his MFA in Theatre Direction from Columbia University’s School of the Arts in New York City (one of only six in the world to be admitted each year) and a Masters degree in Documentary Filmmaking from the University of Technology in Sydney - Australia.

He taught and directed in Australia, England, Germany, Austria, the Republic of Belarus, Belgium, the Netherlands, and the USA. In New York, he directed plays for the Cherry Lane Theatre, Sanford Meisner Theater, Chashama, Miller Theatre, Ontological Theater, The Connelly Theatre and HERE Arts Center.

Maas holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in New Teaching Method for Higher/Academic Education and also has extensive experience in providing workshops for organizations and companies outside the arts. Maas was a guest lecturer, director, and workshop leader at several top Universities and Theatre- and Film Academies in New York, Sydney, Barcelona, Amsterdam and other cities throughout the Netherlands.

He received numerous prestigious grants including; the Fulbright Netherland-America Foundation, Shubert Foundation and the Royal Prince Bernhard Cultural Grant. He also won the Nuffic Talents Award for all his international accomplishments, a UTS Film Award for his short film ‘Plenty’ and the Chashama Area Award for his production of ‘The Northern Quarter’ off-off Broadway.

Erwin Maas currently lives in New York where he continues to challenge theatre artists and non-theatre artists alike, as well as audiences, with his provocative classes, workshops, and productions.