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Rick Bouwens

What’s your name?

Rick Bouwens

 

Where were you born?

Diaconessenhuis in Leiden

 

What’s your profession?

Theatre maker and apprenticeship coach at Theater Babel Rotterdam

 

Since when?

Theatre maker since 1993 and apprenticeship coach since 2015.

 

What do you like most about your profession?

That I get inspired by the reality of daily life. That I can and am allowed to use this within my work as an actor and theatre maker. So much inspiration and fun!

 

What’s your hobby?

Dancing, watching Marvel movies, to plan citytrips with my love and to travel there.

 

Which property to a person is important for you?

Respect and to be honest to each other and yourself.

 

Who do you admire?

Any person who dares to be themselves and isn’t ashamed for it.

 

What’s your most prominent characteristic?

My spontaneity and liveliness.

 

What do you want to tell the world?

That happiness can be really simple, as long as you’re honest towards yourself and the other. Keep asking yourself and the other questions about what happiness means to you on this moment.

 

What do you want to learn?

That it’s okay to not be happy at times and that I can express this to others. Life isn’t always beautiful and pink. Sadness or discomfort or not knowing things is part of life. And it enriches your life.

 

What do you like about your appearance?

My eyes and abdomen.

 

For what can we wake you up?

American pancakes and Red velvet pie…. right after each other is fine too.

 

What’s your most precious possession?

The watch and pictures of my mother.

 

What’s your most beautiful memory?
2009. Holiday at Aruba. I was floating in a clear blue warm sea and decided what I really wanted to do: my young boy’s dream. To follow a theatre education.

 

What’s your saddest memory?

The passing of my mom.

 

When were you happiest?

A moment in 2015, after performing ‘To be or not’. I felt everything fell into place: a sweet husband, a good job, an open future and still the same carefree feeling as before.

 

Why did you cry, the last time you cried?

During a performance of ‘Het gedroomde cafĂ©’ in which an actor told about the magic moment after a visit from the partner of his grandfather who passed away and with whom he had a very special connection. It reminded me of my mother, who I miss very much.

 

Who would you like to have dinner with?

Kevin Spacey, and not to seduce him, but to have an open conversation without judging.