Zuidpool is an open, modular centre for the performing arts in Antwerp. Zuidpool produces the work of artistic directors Jorgen Cassier and Koen van Kaam, and also serves as a venue for the development of many other artists. In 2017 Zuidpool decides to become an open theatre for artists of various stripes in the centre of Antwerp. Zuidpool’s own theatre productions and evolvement of the individual artist go arm in arm.

Type of residency

Zuidpool offers two kinds of residencies: for performers and for writers/authors.

Residencies for performers
Next to creating its own productions, Zuidpool supports emerging autonomous artists. Zuidpool offers work space to different artists and companies to develop their work. They can work at their own rhythm and without any pressure. Zuidpool gives additional artistic and communicational advice when artists ask for it. At the end of a residency, they present a work in progress or the première. These residencies focus on emerging artists – from bachelor and master projects up to (more or less) five years after graduating. More information can be found here.

Residencies for writers
Zuidpool is the fourth house in Flanders to make room specific for writers. The other houses are Passa Porta, KANTL and Stijn Streuvelshuis. Zuidpool coproduces the residencies for writers with d e t h e a t e r m a k e r and focuses on diversity in origin and genre. It’s their goal to challenge writers to explore their relation with writing for theater in a distinctive way. A writer in residence can organise lectures, publications, debates or performances about his own work with an audience when time comes. Even so there is no expectation about a solid theatre production at the end of the residency. More information can be found here.

A writer in residence can focus on his/her development as an author. Zuidpool shares its archive and library and even more their own methods and arguments, about language. Zuidpool invites the authors to take part in rehearsals, to share their research with akin writers, to attend public lectures, etc. They hope to disconnect the writing process itself from the writer as a theatre author, as a contemporary principle. To be specific, Zuidpool will make time for residents to take part in their own productions and creations (if they want to) so experience will be shared on all levels. They don’t want to restrain authors and they are open for diversity in background, genre, country… What they do expect of a writer in residence is to show some interest in theater. The end result of the writing process can be an essay, prose, a series of poems…. It doesn’t have to be a theater script.

Zuidpool can offer a big workspace (and shared kitchen facilities) where the author can work in peace and quiet or in dialogue with other artists.

Duration: 6 to 12 weeks, without overnight stay.

Zuidpool accepts authors due to their relation with performing arts. A writer in residence has the possibility to end his residence with a presentation, lecture or publication. Zuidpool coordinates the discussion about the form and feasibility of the presentation with the writer.

The selection for residents in 2019 is happening in the fall of 2018. You can sign up the whole year if you are interested. Send an e-mail to Flore Opsomer (flore.opsomer@zuidpool.be) or David Cornille (david.cornille@zuidpool.be).

Residencies for writers is an initiative of Zuidpool, supported by Vlaams Fonds voor de Letteren, Passa Porta en d e t h e a t e r m a k e r.


Dramaturges and writers/authors in the performing arts.


Lange Noordstraat 11
2000 Antwerp


Flore Opsomer

David Cornille