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Pia Douwes
Pia Douwes, born in Amsterdam, is one of Europe’s best known and most beloved musical actrices. She studied at the Brooking school of Ballet in London (1983-1986) and enrolled in the Musical Courses in Austria (1984/1985) organised by Susi Nicoletti and Sam Cayne in Austria. Since 1986 she had been taking singing lessons with Noelle Turner and Carol Blaickner-Mayo and she is studying to become a CVT (Complete Vocal Training) teacher (Denmark).


With her award-winning portrayal of Elisabeth, (Vienna world premiere, Netherlands, Germany) Pia became the most sought after leading lady of the German, Dutch and Austrian musical theatre world. She also created the role of Milady de Winter in 3 Musketeers (Rotterdam, Berlin and Stuttgart) and starred in the West End and on Broadway as Velma Kelly in Chicago.

Other Musical-theatre credits include:

  • Little Shop of Horrors (Chrystal) 1986, Vienna, Austria
  • Sammy & Mario & Dancers (Ensemble) 1986, tour Germany
  • Cats (Grizabella, Demeter, Jellylorum & Gumbie/Griddlebone) 1987/2007, Amsterdam, Netherlands; 1987-1989, Vienna, Austria; 1988, Moskow, Rusia
  • Adele in Casablanca (Ensemble) 1989 -1990, tour Netherlands
  • West Side Story (Maria) 1990, tour Netherlands and Belgium; 1994, Amstetten, Austria
  • Les Misérables (Fantine) 1991-1992, Amsterdam/Scheveningen, Netherlands
  • Grease (Rizzo) 1994-1995, Vienna, Austria
  • Cabaret (Sally Bowles) 1995-1996, Bad Hersfeld; 2006, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Evita (Eva Perón) 1996-1997, tour Netherlands
  • The Rocky Horror Show (Janet) 1997, Bad Hersfeld, Germany
  • Chicago (Velma Kelly) 1999, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Fosse (soloist) 2002, tour Netherlands
  • Passion (Clara) 2004, tour Netherlands and Belgium
  • Sunset Boulevard (Norma Desmond) 2008, tour Netherlands and Belgium
  • We Will Rock You (Killer Queen) 2010, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Rebecca (Mrs. Danvers) 2011-2013, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Der Besuch der alten Dame (Claire Zachanassian), 2013, Thun, Switzerland
  • Next to Normal (Diana Goodman), 2013, 2015, Fürth, Germany; 2016, Vienna, Austria
  • Der Besuch der alten Dame (Claire Zachanassian), 2014, Vienna, Austria
  • Billy Elliot (Mrs. Wilkinson), 2014/2015, Scheveningen, Netherlands
  • Wenn Rosenblätter Fallen (Rose), 2016, Burg Perchtoldsdorf, Austria; Filderstadt, Oberhausen, Germany


  • Other People‘s Money (Kate Sullivan) 1994, Prague, Tschek Republic
  • Jane Eyre (Jane Eyre) 1997/1998, tour Netherlands
  • Savannah Bay (young women) 1998, Almere, Netherlands
  • Master Class (Maria Callas) 2011, tour Netherlands and Belgium
  • Kramer vs. Kramer (Johanna) 2012/2013, tour Netherlands

TV and Film

  • Pocahontas (Pocahontas) 1995, Walt Disney cartoon, Netherlands
  • Wilhelmina (Margaretha van ‘t Sant) 2001, NCRV, television series, Netherlands
  • Onderweg naar morgen (Diana Luzack) 2009, tros/Veronica, soap, Netherlands
  • Annie M.G. (Conny Stuart) 2010, NPS/VARA, television series, Netherlands
  • Op Zoek naar Evita / Joseph / Mary Poppins / Zorro (coach, jury) 2007-2011, AVRO, Netherlands
  • Ich Tarzan, du Jane (coach, jury) 2008, Sat 1, Germany

Coaching / Masterclass

  • West LB Musical Sommer Academy in Schloss Krickenbeck 2005/2006/2007/2008, Germany
  • M-Lab, Amsterdam, 2007, 2013, Netherlands
  • Oulu university of applied sciences, 2010, Oulu in Finland
  • Music Academy Hogeschool Inholland, 2010, Netherlands
  • ROC Nijmegen, 2011, Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • Kemna casting, 2011/2013, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Muziekcentrum Paul Snoek, 2011/2012/2013, Eemnes, Netherlands
  • NMA (Nederlandse Musical Academie), 2013, Arnhem, Netherlands


  • Image Musial Award for Elisabeth, 1996, Germany
  • German Public Awards  for Rolle der Sally Bowles in Cabaret, 1996, Germany
  • John Kraaijkamp Musical Award for Best Dutch Actor Abroad, 2002, Netherlands
  • Best musical Actrice by the readers of the magazin musicals repeatedly awarded, Germany



  • Dance, Dance, Dance (soloist) 1997/1999, Vienna, Austria
  • Still in Love with Musical (with Uwe Kröger, Marika Lichter, Viktor Gernot) 1997-1999, Austria and Germany
  • 20th anniversary Sweeney Todd (Beggar Woman) 2000, Royal Festival Hall, London, United Kingdom
  • Cole Porter‘s Songbook (soloist) 2000, tour Netherlands
  • In Love with Musical Again (with Uwe Kröger, Marika Lichter, Viktor Gernot), 2000-2003, Austria and Germany
  • 10th anniversary Chicago (Velma Kelly) 2007, London, United Kingdom
  • Best of Musical Gala (soloist) 2007/2010/2012, Germany and Switzerland
  • Still Friends (solo concert with Annika Bruhns) 2010, tour Germany
  • Wildhorn & Friends (with Linda Eder, Frank Wildhorn and Thomas Borchert) 2010, Austria
  • Die größten Musical Hits (with Uwe Kröger) 2012-2013, Germany and Austria
  • Sommernacht des Musicals (soloist) 2007/2008/2011/2014, Dinslaken, Germany
  • Pfingstgala (soloist) 2009/2010/2011/2012/2013, Tekklenburg, Germany
  • Voices of Musical Christmas (soloist), 2013, Vienna, Austria
  • The biggest Musical Hits (with Uwe Kröger), 2015, Germany and Austria

Solo concerts

  • Pia takes the stand, 2000, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • In de dertig, 2002, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Ein Abend im Dezember, 2008/2009/2013, Essen; 2009/2013, Wien; 2012/2013, Stuttgart, Germany; 2013 Fürth, Germany
  • Three times a lady, 2012, Ermelo, Netherlands
  • Dromen, 2013, Amsterdam, Netherlands


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