Introducing Jonas & Friends, a theater company founded by Frans Schouten and Liesbeth Grimbergen, a husband and wife team, whose original and lively performances have been enjoyed by all kind of audiences for over twenty-five years.
Whether they are engaging people with their original walking street theater acts, regaling crowds with their musical variety shows, or opening up conferences and corporate events, their energy and humor is unforgettable.
What makes their work so unique is their handcrafted visual props, designed by hand in their studio in Amsterdam. Their intricate masks, whimsical puppets, hand crafted vehicles, and special effects are visually stunning.
Shows for international audiences
For the international market Jonas & Friends offers two acts, a stage act and a walkabout act, because these acts are easily understood by audience members from any country, are non-spoken and easy to transport by plane.
In april 1989 Frans started with Jonas & Friends. Soon after he met Liesbeth at the famous Dutch Oerol Festival. They not only fell in love, they also decided to work together. Frans was the performer. Liesbeth was the artist making all the props and costumes. And she took care for the promotional activities and business contacts. The combination was irrestistible.
Eventually, Frans’ theatrics rubbed off on Liesbeth and the two began to perform together, creating new shows each year that pushed their creativity to its limits.
The pair became known for their ability to create custom performances for corporate events, and inventive walkabout acts that appeared among the festival crowds when they were least expecting it.Over the years, they acquired great experience in building and applying special effects. And that makes their acts unique. They have never lost their enthusiasm and desire to continue creating exciting works that stimulate the eye and feed the soul.
In 1989 he gave up a good job as a townplanner. His colleagues thought he was crazy; try to start a career as an artist with no experience on stage at all!! A dream came true...
During his study at the University of Amsterdam he decided to take a clowning course. A new world opened for him. Now he knew what he wanted to do professionally. As a real self-taught man he started to learn all kind of skills: juggling, riding on unicycles, magic, playing on a singing saw, acrobatics, pantomime and performing with all kind of puppets.
Her unique combination of creativity and organization was evident even as a small child. When her parents had a long lie she riged up all kind of things with her younger brothers and sister, all of these of course under her guidance.When she met Frans she had just finished her studies in Cultural Studies. She worked in festival production and almost went to work in television, after being offered a job as a producer. Thankfully, she chose to give Jonas & Friends a chance instead. The rest is history.