Stut Theater

Europe, The Netherlands, Utrecht
Art discipline: Theater
Participated in ICAF in: 2008, 2011, 2014

Stut Theater is a special theatre company from Utrecht. Stut creates theatre performances about social issues, based on stories and experiences from the people it works with. Stut creates its performances to bring current events to light, to break the silence that surrounds taboos and to empower its participants. The performances are multidisciplinary – words are combined with music, dance and visual art. Since its establishment in 1977 Stut has created 86 performances with 379 participants, performed 1.600 shows and reached 146.172 spectators.

Mission and vision
Stut is deeply rooted in society and lives from the stories and themes that circulate there. The performances are always based on actual events and stories. The participants are not professional actors, but people who are hardly, or not at all, involved in theatre and who would like to share their own story. This isn’t always easy. It requires a lot of courage to mount the stage and share your personal story with complete strangers. Stut is experienced with challenging, supporting and guiding these people. Stut embraces them and makes them aware of the strength they carry within themselves. In that way Stut involves the people it works with in its performances and activities for a long period of time, and contributes to the well-being of its participants and the world they live in.

The producer looks for people that are familiar with a specific theme, or looks within a group of people for common experiences they share. Based on interviews and playful assignments a concept is created. Then there will be worked on the actual performance, with an intensive period of rehearsing in which visual artists and musicians are also involved. The process from concept to premiere often takes a year. Afterwards the performance is to be seen for a year both within and outside of Utrecht, and is, on average, being performed about twenty times. Stut finds its audience in theatres and living rooms, but mainly in community and youth centres, schools and welfare organisations. In this way the performances reach people that are normally hardly in touch with theatre and other forms of art. Stut strives to annually create and show one large and one small performance.