Maria Kraakman (1975) joined the TA ensemble in 2015. In season 16|17 she will appear in the premieres The things that pass (director Ivo van Hove) and Ibsen house (director Simon Stone) and the revivals of The hidden force, Roman Tragedies and The year of cancer (nomination Theo d'Or).
Kraakman graduated from the Arnhemse Toneelschool in 1998. Her career in theatre soon took off with e.g. performances by Art & Pro, where she acted in Ivanov and Diskoobigge, directed by Frans Strijards, Eline Vere at Het Nationale Toneel and the solo performance Anoniem by Nataliya Golofastova (Productiehuis Rotterdam) for which she won a Gouden Kniertje award in 2009. After Rainer Maria and Alma at De Warme Winkel, her time at Toneelgroep Oostpool began, with roles in e.g. Zomergasten (Summerfolk), Hamlet and Tramlijn Begeerte (A Streetcar Named Desire). In 2010, Kraakman won the Theo d'Or for her role in Orlando.
As a film actress, she acted in e.g. Îles Flottantes by Nanouk Leopold and 06-05 by Theo van Gogh. For her muted role in Guernsey, also by Nanouk Leopold, she won a Gouden Kalf (Golden Calf) for Best Actress in 2005. She then went on to act in e.g. My queen Karo, Hunting & Zn. (for which she co-wrote the scenario) and De bende van Oss. On television, she acted in series such as Medea, Ernstige delicten and Keyzer & De Boer Advocaten and played one of the leading roles in the series Koppels.