Stijn Schoonderwoerd, managing director of the Dutch National Ballet, will take up the position of executive director of Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden as of 1 June 2012. Schoonderwoerd has been managing director of the company and director of The Amsterdam Music Theatre since 2008.
Stijn Schoonderwoerd: “I’m looking forward to buckling down at Museum Volkenkunde, with its strong brand and international reputation, as well as to working with the management team and the staff”.
“We’re very sorry to see Stijn go, but we thank him for his wonderful contribution to the development of the Dutch National Ballet and The Amsterdam Music Theatre”, said Ted Brandsen, artistic director of the Dutch National Ballet. “In collaboration with others, he has succeeded in strengthening the company’s image as the leading dance company of the Netherlands both at home and abroad. He has also made a big contribution to setting up new cooperative ventures. We wish Stijn every success in his new job”.
On 1 August, Els van der Plas will take up the position of managing director of the new organisation resulting from the merger of the Dutch National Ballet, De Nederlandse Opera and The Amsterdam Music Theatre. In this organisation, Ted Brandsen has been appointed ballet director.
Truze Lodder, managing director of De Nederlandse Opera and chair of the management of The Amsterdam Music Theatre, will also be leaving the organisation on 1 October 2012. From this date, Truze Lodder will be taking early retirement. Truze’s departure coincides with her 25th anniversary with the organisation.
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