Benjamin van tourhout director & doctoral researcher
Benjamin has acted for many years in both the theatre and television but since 2010 his focus lies mainly on writing and directing as he’d rather creates a world than lives in it. He loves creating plays on illustrious historical figures as Rodrigo Borgia, Gilles de Rais or Evariste Galois and searches for their contemporary impact. He highly estimates the individuality and physicality of performers and keeps on searching on how the artistic team can speak out in an inspiring and bittersweet way.
Over the years reflecting on theatre and its impact became increasingly important, this lead to his work as doctoral researcher at the University of Leuven and Luca-School of Arts where he also works as teacher and as Head of Research. His field of interest lies with the status and impact of the fictional Hero in today’s theatre. Benjamin works as Fellow at the University of Freiburg as he believes that international collaboration and interdisciplinary research holds the future of both academic and artistic practice.
He hopes to continue this exciting but unique way of working both in the theatre and in the university; the process of both researching and rehearsing keeps him alive and passionate.
In recent times Benjamin worked in Belgium, France, U.K., Germany and Italy as author/director/reseracher and contributed in conferences in Belgium, Germany, U.K., Italy and the U.S.