What I do

Thambo theatre producers (PTY) Ltd

THAMBO  is a theatre production company owned by Roel Twijnstra and Jerry Pooe. It produces theatre production for the main stream theatres often collaborations with partners from SA and The Netherlands projects in 2015 are:  MASOTE’s DREAM (PACOFS, Soweto theatre, NAF and Orkater), OFF-SIDE ( PACOFS and “Home Made Productions” ) The HOUSE OF HUNGER ( DUT) and THE GIRLS.



Theatre director

Since 1981 Roel Twijnstra directed almost 80 theatershows, following his internship with Peter Stein(Berlin), Viola Spolin(USA), Peter Brook(Avignion), Erik Vos and Lodewijk de Boer (The Netherlands). He is the founder of  Theatercompany “Het Waterhuis” that changed its name in 2009 in theatergroep Siberia. He worked international in Russia, USA, Marocco, Uganda and the last years in South Africa. He owns a theatre production company is South Africa under the name of THAMBO theatre producers.

Archive theater director

Set designer

For most shows Roel Twijnstra directed,  he also designed the set. The last years he is designing for other directors and companies as well.

Archive set designs


As a writer Roel Twijnstra wrote three books about dramaturgy, playwriting and how to analyse a show. They are compulsory on Dutch theatre schools. Recently he published his first novel “Een Zulu op mijn bank. ” It was translated into English with the title  “Zulu crush.” Monthly he writes a column on his website www.roeltwijnstra.nl. At the moment writing “Theatre directing in South Africa “, publication juli 2014 will be launched on NAF on the 6th. of July.

Archive publications

Twist projects South Africa.

TWIST projects  works in the field of Art & Development.  We build capacity in community theater groups.  We offer a two years programe for selected community theater groups in South-Africa. We do this in combination with established local theater institutes, theater festivals, theaterschools, theater companies, Arts & Herritage centers, local governement and donors.  Twist projects in South Africa (  http://www.twistprojects.co.za  ) works already succesfull for three years and  aims on a sustainable infrastructure for theatre in KwaZulu Natal and has its office in Durban. Its vision is to extend its programme to more Southern African countries. First programs stated in 2014 with Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi.


Lectures and workshops

Besides his lectures on theatre schools Roel Twijnstra often gives workshops and masterclasses theatre directing, and work shopping. He lectured on theater schools in the Netherlands (Arnhem, Utrecht and Amsterdam) and abroad (Jakarta, Moscow, New York and Durban).  From February 2013 he is lecturing an honors theatre directing course at UKZN-university in Durban and Pietermaritzburg. In January 2014 he facilitated a workshop for mid-carrier directors in Zimbabwe/Harare.

Workshop Dramaturgie