Laurens de Groot is a Dutch actor who lives in the Netherlands. He started his acting career in the theatre at the Erasmus Toneel, with his first leading role in a rendition of a play by Hiu Hsiung. When he studied social work he worked on a lot of small theatre projects mostly for schools. After his study he landed on a job as a director and playwrite for a theatrecompany in The Hague that worked with actors and performers with a mental disability.
From 2006 to 2007 he was one of the talents of De Expeditie by Alba Theaterhuis in The Hague, with David Geysen, Saskia Mees, Marcel Roijaards and Lonneke van Leth as the primary teachers. From 2011 to 2012 he studied acting form theatre and film in Amsterdam with Martin Schwab, Katrien van Beurden, Monic Hendrickx and Jaap Spijkers as teachers.
In 2008 he founded his own company Man met Koffer (“Man with Suitcase”) through which he worked as an actor in television and film, but also in theatre, storytelling, streettheatre and performances in the Netherlands and Belgium. He starred in more than 30 televisionshows, working with directors such as Paula van der Oest, Mark de Cloe, Theu Boermans and Will Koopman. He had a leading role as king Willem I in “De onderkoning” (2014) by Ramon Gieling. In 2015 he played the leading role of Oedipus in a rendition of the classical play “Oedipus Rex” by Theodora Voutsa for the International Theatre in English in Amsterdam.
He founded his own theatrecompany in 2015 called Funktioneel Naakt (“Functional Nudity”) for whom he playes, but also writes. Up till now they have produced and performed three plays, all written by Laurens de Groot. Since 2019 he shares his experiences as an actor as a public speaker, coach and teacher.