I've been working with The Factory Theatre for a few years now. Run by Tim Carroll and Alex Hassell, it is a company that aimes to bring classical texts (Shakespeare, Checkhov, Homer) to the stage with great emphasis on aliveness and involvement. Last year I played Timon of Athens in the eponymous play, directed by Louis Scheeder. Before that I was part of their acclaimed production The Odyssey, directed by Tim Carroll.
I also played Papageno in Mozart's opera The Magic Flute, in an international tour with Iván Fischer and his Budapest Festival Orchestra. For Pinewood Studios in London I recorded several audiobooks.
As a trainer I worked for a great variety of companies and organisations, both in The Netherlands (such as the Police Academy, Hotel Management School Maastricht, ABN AMRO, Graduate Schools among wich Zuyd and INHolland, RINO (the Dutch national organisation for training in the mental healthcare field), BMW Motorrad and the fire brigade) and internationally (such as Peugeot and Citroën).
I'm an expert in optimizing the learning process within the context of group work.
Helping people discover their creative skills and teaching an effective attitude to learning are key points in my work. Oh, and there's always a lot of laughter as well.
Participants regularly tell me that working with me in role playing situations is a breath of fresh air and far more instructive and entertaining than expected.
I have more than 20 years of experience in assessments and training communication skills going from factory workfloor to CEO level. I acted in training sessions for police officers and firefighters, mental health care professionals and doctors, sales reps and crisis-communication managers, and did role plays varying from selling motorcycles to councelling suicidal patients, from co-worker aid to pursuit-and-observation skills, and from breaking bad news to closing a million dollar deal.
As unforgettable and moving as any theatre I've seen.
about The Odyssey
Heart-in-the-mouth theatre, unbearably poignant, unrepeatable.
THE EVENING STANDARD
about The Odyssey
English dialogue taken by six excellent young British-based actors - Admirably, there was no miking for the keen projection of the actors - dominated by Bart van der Schaaf's genuinely funny, natural Papageno-in-speech.
THE ARTS DESK
about The Magic Flute
Apart from my work as an actor on stage and on set, I have been working as a voice over for almost 15 years. Those years of experience have made me very flexible and easy to direct. I am good at working on my own and because I can record in my home studio I can be very flexible and deliver (very) fast if need be.
For voice recording I have a home studio with a professional recording booth, Røde NT1-A microphone, Focusrite Saffire PRO interface and PowerMac running Logic.
Besides being an actor both on stage and in the corporate world, I am also a musician and a singer. I play the guitar (electric and acoustic), drums, piano and bass guitar.
This part of the website is still under construction. Audio clips will be available soon.
BART VAN DER SCHAAF
THEATRE & TRAINING