Ramsey Nasr

Ramsey Nasr (1974) joined the ensemble of ITA in 2013.

In season 21|22 he will perform in the revivals of A little life (Louis d'Or) and Death in Venice.


Nasr played before at ITA in Kings of war, Husbands and wives, The Fountainhead (Louis d'Or), The other voice, Long day's journey into night (nomination Arlecchino), Mary Stuart and Roman Tragedies.

Ramsey Nasr is a poet/author, actor and director. In 2000 he made his debut as a poet with the poetry book 27 gedichten & Geen lied, which was nominated for both the C. Buddingh’ award and the Hugues C Pernath award. One year later, he made his debut as a writer of prose, with the novel Kapitein Zeiksnor & De Twee Culturen, followed by Twee libretto’s. He then transferred to De Bezige Bij, where his second poetry book, Onhandig bloesemend, appeared in the spring of 2004. This book, too, was reprinted several times after being awarded the Hugues C. Pernath award.

Nasr was named city poet of Antwerp in 2005, and won the hearts of the Flemish at a vast speed. An issue of collected works from Nasr’s poetry appeared in 2009, under the title Tussen Lelie en waterstofbom. Anthologies of Nasr’s poetic works were translated and published in English and Georgian in 2010. Nasr comes across as a man of many passions in the many articles and opinion pieces he wrote for the Dutch and Flemish media. He writes of art – classical music, theatre, poetry – as well as commitment to current politics, both local and international. A wide selection of these articles on art and politics appeared, together with onze-lieve-vrouwe-zeppelin, under the title Van de vijand en de muzikant. In 2006, Ramsey Nasr was awarded the honorary award Journalist for Peace by the Humanist Peace Council (HVB). At the end of April 2007 Nasr, together with Tom lanoye and Bart Moeyaert, received an honorary doctorate for general merit at the University of Antwerp. The triumvirate received these honours for their work as city poets of Antwerp.

Besides his literary work, Nasr is also an actor and director. He graduated from his acting course at Studio Herman Teirlink in Antwerp in 1995, with a selfmade monologue: De doorspeler. This theatrical piece won him the Best Actor award at the Internationaal Theaterschoolfestival in Amsterdam. After his graduation, he acted with Het Zuidelijk Toneel, led by Ivo Van Hove, for five years.He said goodbye tot his company in the spring of 2000 with a newly written theatrical monologue, Geen lied. For the writing and performing of this piece he received both the Mary Dresselhuys award and the Taalunie toneelschrijfprijs in 2000. He was also nominated for the Louis d’Or. Nasr appeared in many performances for Het Zuiderlijk Toneel, such as Caligula and Romeo and Juliet, in which he played the role of Romeo. His debut as a poet coincided with hit leaving Het Zuiderlijk Toneel. On the evening of the premiere of his monologue Geen lied, his first book 27 Gedichten & Geen lied appeared. He did continue playing parts in various films. He can bes een in, among others, De man met de hond, Mariken, Liefje, Magonia, Het Echte Leven, Süskind en Goltzius & The Pelican Company. In 2002 he starred in the celebrated three/part television series De enclave, about the Dutch involvement with the drama of Srebrenica. In 2011 he once again starred in a VARA-drama series: Overspel.

On January 28 2013, Ramsey was appointed a four year position as poet laureate. With this, he followed the footsteps of Gerrit Komrij and Driek van Wissen. After a year of hidden efforts a grand scale CD project came forth at the end of October 2012, in the form of a seven-part CD box called de poëzie! which features a personal selection of Dutch poetry ranging from the Middle Ages up to the fifties (with its contemporaries). The intriguing thing about this selection of poems is that the cd only offers an audio version. Nasr resigned his position as poet laureate on Januari 31 2013 (National Poetry day). He then opts for a radically different direction, or rather, returns to his old passion: Starting May 2013, after more than 13 years, he is returning to the theatre as a regular member of the TA ensemble.

His stage text for Death in Venice premiered in 2019, a unique co-production by ITA and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra based on the novella by Thomas Mann, in which Nasr also plays the leading role. Since 2019 he has been playing in the BNN series Oogappels. In the same year he won the Louis d'Or for his role in A small life, after the worldwide successful book by Hanya Yanagihara. In 2020, Nasr will play the role of Ischa Meijer in the drama series released by AVROTROS about the love affair between Connie Palmen and Ischa Meijer, based on Palmen's novel I.M..

| Gouden Kalf | I.M.
| Louis d'Or | Een klein leven at Internationaal Theater Amsterdam
| Louis d'Or | The Fountainhead at Toneelgroep Amsterdam
| nomination Gouden Kalf | Overspel
| nomination Arlecchino | Lange dagreis naar de nacht at Toneelgroep Amsterdam
| Gouden Ganzenveer
| E. du Perron price
| Honorary doctorate at the University of Antwerp
| Journalist for Peace
| Taalunie Toneelschrijfprijs | Geen lied
| Mary Dresselhuys Price| Geen lied at Het Zuidelijk Toneel
| nomination Louis d'Or | Geen lied at Het Zuidelijk Toneel
| Philip Morris Scholarship Award

Ramsey Nasr


Alles op tafel | Will Koopman
Oogappels | BNNVARA

Oogappels | BNNVARA
I.M. | De Familie

Oogappels | BNNVARA

Over water | Panenka
Lois | Endemol Shine

Centraal Medisch Centrum | RTL

Overspel | VARA

Overspel | VARA

Overspel | VARA

Goltzius and the Pelican Company | Peter Greenaway
Süskind | Rudolf van den Berg


Overspel | VARA

Het echte leven | Robert Jan Westdijk

Leef! | Willem van de Sande Bakhuyzen, Jean van de Velde
Enneagram | KRO

Tonino | Michiel van Jaarsveld
De enclave | Willem van de Sande Bakhuyzen

Magonia | Ineke Smits
De acteurs | VPRO
Liefje | Emile Fallaux

Mariken | André van Duren

De man met de hond | Anette Apon

Thuisfront | Ivo van Hove

Frans en Duits | Orlow Seunke


Language NP Language no problem A little life
on Tour
ITA–EnsembleTheater A little life
Close A little life ITA-ensemble / Ivo van Hove
29 Sep '21 to 02 Oct '21
No novel has captivated and moved millions of readers during the past few years like A little life by American author Hanya Yanagihara. Ivo van Hove adapted Yanagihara’s novel to theater and created a penetrating performance.