directors, it is the in-house company of Amsterdam’s Stadsschouwburg and performs on stages worldwide. Toneelgroep Amsterdam is led by Ivo van Hove, who has been instrumental in attracting sensational international directors to the group such as Thomas Ostermeier, Johan Simons, Krzysztof Warlikowski, Grzegorz Jarzyna, Luk Perceval and Guy Cassiers, as well as members of a new generation such as Maren E. Bjørseth, Sam Gold, Simon Stone and Susanne Kennedy. The group performs for around 110,000 people a year, helping ensure that repertory theatre remains an indispensable component of contemporary culture. Theatre director Ivo van Hove has held central positions in Dutch-Belgian cultural life, first as the head of Het Zuidelijk Toneel in Eindhoven from 1990 to 2000 and from 2001 as general director of Toneelgroep Amsterdam. Toneelgroep Amsterdam has been invited by international festivals such as RuhrTriennale, Wiener Festwochen, the Edinburgh Festival and Festival d'Avignon, and performs in The United States, Canada, Russia and Australia. He was artistic director of the Holland Festival from 1997 to 2004. Van Hove directed companies as the New York Theatre Workshop, the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, the Schaubuehne in Berlin and the Münchner Kammerspiele. He also staged productions at the Flemish Opera, La Monnaie in Brussels and in Amsterdam. In 2014 he staged the world premiere of the opera Brokeback Mountain at Teatro Real. Van Hove directed A view from the Bridge (2015) and The Crucible (2016) on Broadway and Lazarus, by Enda Walsh and David Bowie, in New York and London. Prize winning repertoire of the Toneelgroep Amsterdam includes Shakespeare's Roman Tragedies, Kings of war and The Taming of the Shrew, Tony Kushner's Angels in America, Ingmar Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage, Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead and John Cassavetes' Husbands and Opening Night. Van Hove has received many accolades, including two Obie Awards for off-Broadway productions in New York (for More Stately Mansions and Hedda Gabler). He was made a knight of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France in 2004. In 2007 he received the prize awarded by Dutch theatre critics. In 2008, he also received the Prosceniumprijs, the Dutch oeuvre prize, together with Jan Versweyveld, his stage designer for many years and in 2012 The Amsterdam Business Oeuvre Award. In 2016 Van Hove received the Amsterdam Art prize. In 2016, Van Hove has won two Tony Awards, two Drama League Awards, two Drama Desk Awards, two Outer Critics Circle Award and two Grands Prix de la Critique. King Philippe of Belgium appointed him Commander of the Order of the Crown and he received the Flemish Culture Prize Cultural Merit in 2015.