• Since 1981 Roel Twijnstra directed almost 70 theater shows, following his internships with Peter Stein (Berlin) and Peter Brook (Avignion). The last years he works in South Africa and adapts African novels for the stage.

  • For most shows Roel Twijnstra directed,  he designed the set. He is designing for other directors and companies as well.

  • As a writer Roel Twijnstra wrote three books about dramaturgy and playwriting. They are compulsory on Dutch theater schools. Recently he published his first novel Zulu Crush. In South Africa he wrote 3 books: theatre directing in SA (2014), Producing for theatre in South Africa (2016) and Acting in South Africa (2019). They are published by TWIST projects in combination with Jacana Media and available as ebooks on Amazone.

Twistprojects South Africa

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Twist Projects South Africa


  • an other world

    20 september 2030

    I have been in the theatre industry for over 40 years and I enjoyed every moment of it. Trained by legends like Peter Stein, Peter Brook, Viola Spolin, Lodewijk de Boer and Eric Vos my journey as theatre director and producer brought me besides The Netherlands to the US, Russia, Indonesia, Nepal and African country’s […]

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Intervieuw “Madonna of Excelsior” 2013.

Intervieuw “Madonna of Excelsior” 2013.



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