Our team

Our team

InterActing was founded by Pim Donkersloot of the ChildCenter Foundation and Saskia Maas of Boom Chicago. Pim Donkersloot started in 2001 with ChildCenter, an organization that provides treatment and guidance to children on the autistic spectrum on a non-profit basis with a multi-disciplinary team. A characteristic aspect of ChildCenter’s working method is that the parents are intensively involved in the counseling and treatment. They do this from the view that emotions are the foundation of learning and that meaningful communication can only occur when feelings are naturally connected with behavior and language.

Saskia Maas is CEO and co-owner of Boom Chicago, the Amsterdam-based comedy ensemble that celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2018. In 1993, Boom Chicago introduced improvisation comedy to the mainstream Dutch public, where the comedians come up with sketches based on suggestions from the audience. Since then, the successful comedy ensemble has made millions of people laugh with productions in their theater on the Rozengracht in Amsterdam and locations all over the world. Saskia studied text linguistics at the University of Tilburg and Foundations of Management at Nyenrode Business University. In addition, she successfully completed THNK, the School for Creative Leadership. She is also the mother of two sons, one with autism. In her Saskia Maas TED talk on students with autism she describes the value of improvisation theater for young people with autism.

July 11, 2018

Pim Donkersloot is a pedagogue at the University of Amsterdam and specializes in autism and related disorders. Donkersloot is a father of three children, two of whom are on the autistic spectrum. He authored two books on the subject, including Autism, A Problem for the Whole Family. In addition to numerous articles in Dutch and foreign publications, he and three colleagues also translated the seminal book on autism The Child with Special Needs by Dr. Stanley Greenspan into Dutch. In Washington DC, Donkersloot was trained by child psychiatrist Greenspan, who gained a great reputation in the world with his Floor Time approach for children with communicative and interactive challenges. (See also www.childcenter.nl). He is also supervisor at RINO Noord-Holland (training and education GGZ).

July 1, 2018

Michael Diederich has been part of Boom Chicago for 25 years. Among his many talents, Michael works with students on the autism spectrum at the Fontys Hogeschool in Eindhoven. He teaches them team building, creativity and presenational skills. He also coaches teams, CEOs and senior management of top companies in Europe about how they can connect with their audience and how they can present themselves.

June 26, 2018

Cené Hale is an American actress and singer from Austin, Texas with many awards to her name. She is a writer and her work has appeared at IndieWire, Huffington Post, Above Average, and WhoHAHA.

Cene is also a talented voice over actress. Her voice can be heard in many commercials, podcasts and even in a pinball machine.

June 21, 2018

Dr. Jill Adler is first and foremost mother of a daughter with autism, and has contributed to a number of articles (including in Voices of the Spectrum). She is the founder and director of the East-West Parliamentary Practice Project (EWPPP). She also teaches at the University of Amsterdam and at the Webster University in Leiden. For almost a quarter of a century she has been vice-chairman and vice-chairman of the Board of Directors of the Dutch-American Fulbright Center. As a driving force behind Child Center (including InterActing), Dr. Adler knows better than anyone else the interests of this non-profit foundation.

June 21, 2018

Actor and trainer Rob AndristPlourde has been with Boom Chicago for more than 20 years. He has created and performed two solo shows Rob it Like it's Hot and Legends of Rob. He has appeared in Dutch films and commercials and is an in demand voice actor.

He works in the corporate world as well as in education. He also is a master beat boxer and teaches that as well.

June 21, 2018

Kevin Walton has been working as a performer, theater maker and teacher. He has experience leading British companies such as The National Theater, The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Institute of Contemporary Arts for more than 27 years. He has a great deal of experience in teaching children who are faced with a challenge through his work for UNICEF and Save the Children. Since 2002 he has been working with children with autism and other communication restrictions, which resulted in Stichting Ark in 2011, which he founded together with Paulla Keen, to offer a place in Amsterdam for children who cannot develop in regular places.

May 25, 2018

Cynthia de Graaff is an actrice, voice actress and a translator for subtitles in film and on TV. She worked as an assistant for the direction of children for the musical Billy Elliot and is an experienced workshop trainer.

She is excited to be working with children on the autistic spectrum with the  InterActing program.

June 21, 2017