Pia Douwes

Masterclass music theatre - connecting, acting and singing

“Being an artist is a way of living and a continuous process of learning”. Create your inner space, strengthen your confidence and allow your talent to flourish. Be the music from within and transfer the story you are telling. Explore how your personal journey may influence your voice. My passion is working with artists on their ‘total performance’, combining personal development, storytelling and vocal technique.

Personal Development:

  • Learn to deal with emotions on stage
  • Find your own pace
  • Follow your talent
  • Master unexpected circumstances
  • Cope with work pressure (competition/audition/premiere)
  • Find your own stage presence
  • Enjoy your craftsmanship


  • Singing is storytelling
  • Become one with the music
  • Express your emotions
  • Live your characters journey

Vocal technique:

  • Use of voice
  • Vocal hindrances
  • Pace your (vocal) energy
  • Give each character its unique voice

Whilst working with students, I share my personal and professional experience.

Pia Douwes, born in Amsterdam, has spent the last three decades building an illustrious international career. She first burst onto the scene when she created the role of Empress Elisabeth in Elisabeth (World premiere Vienna). She then went on to perform this role in The Netherlands and Germany.

She has since taken on some of musical theatre's most powerful roles including Velma Kelly in Chicago, (The Netherlands, Broadway US, West End UK), Grizabella in Cats (The Netherlands, Austria, Russia), Eva Peron in Evita (The Netherlands), Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard (The Netherlands, Germany), Diana Goodman in Next to Normal (Germany, Austria), Mrs. Danvers in Rebecca (Germany), Mrs. Wilkinson in Billy Elliot (The Netherlands) and Lady of the Lake in Spamalot (Austria).

In addition, she has created powerhouse characters such as Milady de Winter in 3 Musketeers (The Netherlands, Germany) and Claire Zachanassian in Der Besuch Der Alten Dame (Switzerland, Austria).
Theatre plays include: Maria Callas in Master Class (The Netherlands), Jane Eyre in Jane Eyre (The Netherlands) and Kate in Others Peoples Money (Czech Republic).

Coaching: Pia gives Masterclasses at various schools in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and Finland and she feels very inspired and fulfilled when coaching young talent! She was also a coach/jury on the TV Casting shows: Op zoek naar …Evita, Joseph, Mary Poppins, Zorro (The Netherlands) and Ich Tarzan, Du Jane (Germany).

She currently released her first Musical solo album, titled "After All This Time".


Photo by Simone Leonhartsberger