Arjen Barel (1973)
Trainer and director of Storytelling Centre
is producer and director, mainly in the field of storytelling performances, and spends a large part of his professional life listening to stories and training people in the art of storytelling. He makes the program for the International Storytelling Festival Amsterdam and other festivals and regularly coaches storytellers, both amateur and professionals. With Soufiane Moussouli he created the performance Moroccans don’t cry and with Arabi Ghibeh Into the Light. Recently he directed Next to Normal, Palestinian Stories Untold, a performance with four performers from Palestine, in collaboration with Ashtar Theatre from Ramallah. He is responsible for setting up a Human Library in the West of Amsterdam and for coaching participants of this Human Library and other community projects.
Arjen also works with students at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and in delivering workshops for young people in The Netherlands, Morocco and Palestine. He also delivers training for professionals in how to use storytelling in youth work and community work in several places in the world. Last years he trained people from Hungary, France, Morocco, Palestine, Germany, Greece and the UK. Arjen is member of the Executive Committee of the Federation of European Storytelling (FEST).
The power of creativity in less privileged urban areas - especially in the Mediterranean/Middle Eastern regions and Amsterdam New West - has Barel’s special interest. Therefore, he developed several international (talent and storytelling) projects in the field of urban dance, aerosol art and urban music. Many of these projects take place in Morocco. In these projects Bureau Barel joins forces with this Yassine Boussaid / A-CLI.
Arjen Barel studied Drama Studies and Cultural Studies at the University of Amsterdam. In addition to his work within Bureau Barel he teaches Cultural Marketing and Fundraising at various courses and put together the book Theatre & Marketing, Tension & Thrill (2004) in collaboration with Esther Lagendijk. In 2005 he launched ikhouvantheater.nl, a platform to promote theatre in the Netherlands in a fresh and accessible way. Barel teaches Theater Marketing at the Theaterschool of Amsterdam (AHK) and Storytelling and Presentation at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA)