Ilse Krabben has had an interest in theatre and the art of creation from an early age, as her mother studied at the Etienne Lecroux school in Paris and performed different shows that Ilse observed since she was small. With her father on the side who created lightning and decor for the stage. When she was introduced to the work of Jacques Lecoq she decided that this was the place where she would form herself as an actor and creator. She graduated from the Lecoq school in Paris in 2013. After that she also trained with Jack Waltzer, lifetime member of the Actors Studio. Following by a camera workshop, given by Mimoun Oaïssa, and a workshop by Scott Jackson from the Pacific Resident Theatre in Los Angeles, who came to Amsterdam in 2014.
She has worked and performed with different theatre companies such as Le Petit 8 in France, the International Theatre Company Theatre Hotel Courage based in Amsterdam, Teatro Punto which she traveled with in Germany, England, Italy, Spain, and America, Theatre L’epee de Bois at the Cartoucherie in Paris, and Bewegingskunst in Amsterdam. She has a double nationality in French and Dutch and speaks Dutch, English and French fluently.
In 2013 she played the main role in the production ‘Le Malade Imaginaire’ at the Cartoucherie de Vincennes at theatre L’epee de Bois in Paris, directed by Antonio Diaz-Florien. The year after that she was on the stage with the show ‘On ces pas d’ou ca vient’ performed in Paris, as well as a variety of performances with Theatre Hotel Courage. She also performed a solo in Paris, and played in several short movies . She writes columns and articles for different magazines about her experience as an creative entrepreneur with ADHD.
At this moment, Ilse is busy writing and making her own show called ‘My Electric House’ about ADHD and the ADHD time that we are living in, with music composed by Mascha van Nieuwkerk. A first fragment of the show was presented in the Beatrix Theatre in Utrecht in October 2016. The show will go on tour in different countries, as there will be a French, English and Dutch versions of the show.
“Ilse Krabben is a comedic and dramatic force of nature. Rarely have I met an artist so uncompromising in her commitment to honesty, and boundless in her creativity. There’s more to Ilse then meets the eye.”
~ Jon Levin, Co-Artistic Director, Sinking Ship Productions, NYC.