Merkx, Moniek (Netherlands)
Moniek Merkx has been artistic director of Theatregroup Max. since January 2003. Other companies at which Merkx has directed include Suver Nuver and Theater Artemis. At Max. she develops her distinctive, physical and personal style of writing and directing. This, combined with other disciplines like video images, music, illustrations, dance or even architecture, is what makes Max. what it is.
During the season 2002-2003 Moniek Merkx made her international début by writing and directing Once Upon a Forest, performed by the Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis, the largest children theatre company in the USA. For some years now, she has made striking and successful (sometimes prize-winning) performances for young people.
Max. productions by Moniek Merkx are House of Dreams*, Blue or something on the Wall, LOVE*, Gold, The Horrible Stepmother Show, Falling Girls*, Paradiso City of the Future, Lear's Daughters, Once upon a Dragon**, Blood Relatives, Peter Pan Was Here, Reigen and HELP**.
* translated in English / ** translated in English and German
The House of Dreams (direction Moniek Merkx) has been selected for the Amsterdam - Antwerp Theatre Festival 2003 (best performances of season 2002-2003). The jury of that festival: "The actors' intelligent play combined with theatrical and technical tricks, awaken the viewers experience. Powerful location theatre from Max.."
With Lear's Daughters (direction Moniek Merkx) Max. won a 'Silver Cricket 2006'. The jury: "With this rewritten classical play Theatergroep Max. proves that she can put down strong stories in a way that appeals to children, but also grown-ups, from this era".
Moniek Merkx has won the VSCD Mimeprijs and several other theatre awards.