Eva Dorrepaal began her acting career under the tutelage of minimalist filmmaker Pim de la Parra. After studying acting and directing in the Netherlands, she longed for some experience abroad. During the Serbo-Croatian War, Dorrepaal went to Yugoslavia, where she performed with the renowned, experimental KPGT theater group of Ljubiša Ristić and travelled through Kosovo with them. Her stage work includes The Tempest, Carmen, Protocol, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Gospodjica.
She has had leading roles in almost all of director Edwin Brienen's feature films, which were shot in Amsterdam and Berlin. In New York she continues to make films with inspired filmmakers such as Jonathan Caouette, Jorge Torres-Torres and Onur Tukel. She has appeared in more than 35 films that have been screened in more than 50 film festivals, including Cannes and Sundance.