Who We Are


Artistic Directors

Floor van Leeuwen

Mime artists Floor van Leeuwen is a founding member and the artistic director of Schwalbe, an artistic collective devoted to physical theatre. Next to this, she has been concept developer and performer for Lotte van den Berg as well as supervisor and adviser for young artists and experienced groups, such as the Compagnie Un Loup pour l’Homme. Her quality is to reduce a multitude of ideas and images to an embodied core. Leeway for Arts is Floor’s brainchild.

Carlos Roos

When it comes to the arts, Carlos Roos works three angles: creation, education and research. As a creator, he’s been a practising artist for over 20 years, with a focus on music and theatre. As an educator and researcher, he works for Webster University and Leiden University (Academy of Creative and Performing Arts ACPA and Institute for Philosophy). In 2018, Carlos produced Art Research Convergence (ARC), ACPA’s outreach program for artistic research.

Partner Institutions

Leiden University’s Academy of Creative and Performing Arts

Better known by its acronym ACPA, the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, is the institute for practice-based artistic research at Leiden University. Thanks to our partnership with the Academy, participants will have the opportunity to follow courses at Leiden University as well as at the Royal Conservatory and the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague. This is an inviting context to revisit interesting tropes in the artistic field, such as the interplay between art and science and the possibilities unlocked by artistic research, among others.

Theater Ins Blau

Theater Ins Blau has one mission: to enable the connection between theatre as an art form in the broadest sense, the practitioners of this art form and the audience. To fulfil this mission, it programmes performances whereby makers and audiences can establish a meaningful rapport. By actively seeking dialogue with the city and its inhabitants, Ins Blau stands out as a theatre by, for and through Leiden. Our headquarters are located here, where we also hold some of our labs, rehearsals and shows.

Liquid Society

Liquid Society is a multidisciplinary arts programme inspired by the liquidity and transformative powers within society. The programme encourages artists to connect with their environment as well as initiate cross-overs with other disciplines. As stated in their manifesto in 2017, Liquid Society provides artists and producers with a space to experiment. In so doing, it supplies the means to answer the call for more experimental art in Leiden. The manifesto was initiated at BurgertopL750, a civic event aimed at formulating political and cultural topics for the future. Our partnership with Liquid Society enables our participants to join the Liquid Labs.