InterActing was founded by Pim Donkersloot of Stichting ChildCenter and Saskia Maas of Boom Chicago.
CEO & Co-Owner Boom Chicago
Head of the Saskia Maas is CEO and co-owner of Boom Chicago, the Amsterdam-American comedy ensemble that has been making audiences laugh for more than 27 years. In 1993 Boom Chicago introduces improvisation comedy to the Netherlands, a form of theater that doesn’t use a script and the actors make up sketches based on suggestions from the audience. Boom Chicago plays in the Rozentheater in the center of Amsterdam.
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 TED talk she describes the value of improvisation theater for young people with autism: link!
Secretaris 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. Pim Donkersloot is a pedagogue (University of Amsterdam) and specializes in autism and related disorders. Donkersloot, himself father of 3 children, two of whom are on the autistic spectrum, is also the author of two books, including ‘Autism, a problem for the whole family’.
In addition to numerous articles in Dutch and foreign magazines and newspapers, he and three colleagues also translated the famous book ‘The Child with Special Needs’ by Prof. Dr. Stanley Greenspan. In Washington DC, Donkersloot was trained for many years by child psychiatrist Greenspan, who gained a great reputation in the world with his floor time approach for children with communicative and interactive challenges. He is also supervisor at RINO Noord-Holland (training and education GGZ).
Accountant Tomer Zakai is owner/director of Consult&Co, a dynamic and creative financial administration office for small and medium size businesses. Tomer started his office to be an all round financial partner for his clients and to deliver services that entail the entire financial management of a company from administration to tax advice.
The educational team
Head trainer Lizz Kemery is an actrice and stage manager at Boom Chicago. She studied improvisation comedy at The Groundlings, The Upright Citizens Brigade and The Free Association. She was born and raised in Philadelphia and also performed in Los Angeles, Londen and eventually in Amsterdam. She was a returning guest star at the Londen supergroup – Shoot From The Hip and a member of the sistergroup Sweet Nelson – teaching workshops all over the world in places like Istanbul.
Trainer Stacey Smith is an actrice at Boom Chicago and has a lot of experience teaching improvisation classes across the globe as well. She ran the improvisation academy at ImprovBoston In Boston and in Chicago she taught classes at Second City and Improv Olympic. She loves musical improv and has her own solo show STACEJAM.
Dutch language teaching assistants
Cynthia de Graaff
Cynthia de Graaff is an actrice, voice actor and translater. Ze worked as an assistant director of the children who performed in Billy Elliot the musical and has a lot of experience teaching workshops.
Tymen Dietvorst is a student at the UvA with a passion for theater. In Groningen he joined the Theater De Noorderlingen, a place that also offers training to young students who want to develop themselves in the theaterfield. His younger brother is autistic.
Performer, theater maker, teacher
Kevin Walton has been working as a performer, theater maker and teacher with experience at 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 in some way through his work for UNICEF and Save the Children, where theater techniques offer a great solution. 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 education.
Dr. Jill Adler
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). Jill Adler obtained her law degree from the prestigious Georgetown University in Washington DC, and her Bachelor in Psychology from Rutgers University. 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.
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