Since 2008 Ben Hurkmans (1949) is working as a dramaturg and advisor in the cultural sector. He studied languages and theatre and was a teacher at the Theatre Academy of Arnhem and the University of Amsterdam, a theatre critic of the daily Het Parool, and dramaturg/artistic director of several companies, amongst which the repertory company of Amsterdam. For ten years (1988-1998) he was heading the Theatreschool of Amsterdam and the International Theatreschool Festival that he initiated. Between 1998 and 2006 he was the director of the Dutch Fund for Performing Arts. After that he was the cultural attache in London and senior visiting fellow for cultural diplomacy at Instituut Clingendael.