van Heemstra, Marjolijn

Marjolijn van Heemstra

*1981 in Amsterdam

Marjolijn van Heemstra studied religion and media at the University of Amsterdam. Her first play “Astronaut” was premiered at Amsterdam’s Frascati Theatre in 2004. She has often directed her plays herself, as was the case with her most recent work, “Het Meer”, which was also staged at the Frascati Theatre. In this work, she explores “‘the more’ that is between heaven and earth – the mysterious bit that makes spoons bend, broken clocks tick and dreams come true” (Amsterdam Weekly). Marjolijn van Heemstra is also a freelance journalist and writes regularly for various Dutch magazines and newspapers. The main focus of her work is on “everyday integration”. In 2006, together with Hanina Ajarai, she published “Land van werk en honing” (Land of Milk and Honey), a collection of interviews with seven Moroccan mothers who have settled in the Netherlands.