DEGASTEN is an Amsterdam based youth theatre group. DEGASTEN creates raw interdisciplinary montage theatre with youngsters (12-25 years). Every season 70 youngsters are being accepted during the audition day in September. These youngsters are divided into 4 different groups that have weekly theatre trainings: two training groups, one production group and one performance group. With each group, DEGASTEN develops customized performances, productions and presentations.
Diversity is something that runs into the company’s veins. It plays a big role in the mission statement, in the style of work and in the composition of the staff, the youngsters and the audience. The stories and the disciplines of the performances are diverse, because DEGASTEN thinks that everyone has the right to take cognizance of culture and art; as a participant or as an audience.
DEGASTEN guides talented youngsters to find their way into art schools, follow-up courses and the (semi) professional field of work. On a yearly base, approx. 27% of the students move on to other fields of theatre and arts.