Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins


Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins have enjoyed Award-winning success during their collaborations as playwrights. Together they wrote smash hit bio musical Hij Gelooft in Mij, based on legendary folk singer André Hazes, which received rave reviews and ran for over two and half years in Amsterdam’s prolific DeLaMar Theatre. The duo also adapted Tessa de Loo’s international bestseller, De Tweeling, which toured nationally. Together, the pair’s work also extends to film and television, collaborating on the Prix Europa and International Emmy Award-winning feature film De Uitverkorene, and TV series Bij ons in de Jordaan, documenting the life of much loved Dutch solo artist Johnny Jordaan. The series won two Golden Calf Awards at the annual Netherlands Film Festival.

Individually, Kees Prins was previously a member of the international theatre group ‘Werkteater’, and has also written, starred-in and directed the successful Dutch TV Series, Jiskefet for VPRO. Kees is also currently involved in a number of soon to be announced theatre projects, set for production in the Netherlands over the next two years.

During Frank Ketelaar’s early career, graduating from the Dutch Film Academy in screenwriting and directing, he wrote over ten feature films, including the critically acclaimed In Oranje. The film won over ten international awards, including two International Young Artists Awards in LA. Frank also penned the Award-winning Dutch TV series Overspel, which was subsequently picked up by US TV network ABC, re-released as Betrayal. In addition to his later wins, Frank has been further nominated for many other Golden Calf Awards at the Netherlands Film Festival, throughout his career.