Doke Pauwels (1993) was trained as a classical dancer at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and as a dramaturg at the University of Amsterdam where she studied Theater Studies (BA) and Dramaturgy (MA).
In 2014 she lived in New York City where she studied directing, acting and writing.
Doke was the assistant-dramaturg of Peter van Kraaij (with director Simon Stone at International Theater Amsterdam) and Willemijn Barelds (with director Eric de Vroedt at Toneelgroep Oostpool). Next she started her freelance practice as dramaturg and performer, for which she has worked with a variety of companies, directors, writers and choreographers such as International Theater Amsterdam; Toneelschuur Haarlem; Emke Idema and Herman van Veen.
Through her work in several disciplines and in different roles (as performer, dramaturg and maker) she developed a great sensitivity for what is needed for all participants in the artistic process.
Besides her creative and performance practice Doke developed an interest in the way we constitute our shared working field. Together with the artists connected to the Antidote project she initiates events and projects in which young theater and dance makers are actively involved in the decision making process on the conditions within which they create. The projects are laboratories for artistic self-organization and solidarity.