Ivo van Hove began his career as a stage director in 1981, producing and directing plays he wrote himself before working with various esteemed theater companies and becoming general director of Toneelgroep Amsterdam in 2001. He has received many accolades, including an Obie Award for Best Production for More Stately Mansions. Toneelgroep Amsterdam produces contemporary international theater from its home base, the Amsterdam Stadsschouwburg. As the Netherlands' largest repertory company, it holds a prominent place in the Dutch capital's international cultural scene. BAM previously presented the van Hove-directed productions Cries and Whispers (2011 Next Wave) and the Obie-winning Hedda Gabler (2008 Next Wave).