Jan van den Berg studied theology, philosophy, theatre studies and theatre direction.
As a documentary theatre- and filmmaker he creates work in the borderland of performing arts and science. He created a large variety of theatre shows about scientific topics such as genomics, artificial intelligence, mathematics, nanaphotonics, particle physics and the history of anatomy.
He teaches on a regular basis at the Academy of Theatre and Dance (Amsterdam University of the Arts) and Theatre Academy Maastricht.
• Jan van den Berg knows his business, … he is an accomplished storyteller whose practice of the art hinges on pleasure.
(De Groene Amsterdammer | De Theaterkrant)
• ‘A mind-expanding tribute to Peter Higgs’ (The Scotsman)
• ‘A storytelling session of genius’ (Broadway Baby )
• Theatre for science-lovers, philosophers and poets. And for other inquisitive persons. (Leidsch Dagblad)
• ‘Jan van den Berg manages to capture the significance, enormity and relevance of his subject in an easily accessible way.’ (Edinburgh Spotlight)
In 2009, Jan van den Berg made his debut as a filmmaker at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), with the documentary HIGGS – Into the Heart of Imagination, in co-direction with Hannie van den Bergh. The film was screened at festivals in New York, Moscow, Geneva, La Coruna and Olomouc, as well as other places. In 2012, HIGGS was awarded the Grand Prix of the Film & Science Festival Amsterdam in the NEMO science centre. In 2012 the film was updated and broadcast again on television, on the evening of 4 July 2012, the day on which CERN announced to the world the ‘discovery’ of the Higgs particle.
In 2010, Jan van den Berg created the documentary Als eerste (The very first) about developmental biologist and stem cell researcher Prof. dr. Hans Clevers (Hubrecht Institute, the Netherlands), part 7 in the series ‘The Magic of Science’ (The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in collaboration with HUMAN | De Familie)