Louris van de Geer

Louris van de Geer is a playwright and theatre maker from Melbourne, Australia. She has been described as “distinctive new voice" and her work as a "brilliant...study of human existence” by The Age. Her writing experiments with contemporary theatrical form and explores the impossible, the grim and the absurd; exposing them as deeply human.

Louris holds a Masters of Writing for Performance from the Victorian College of the Arts. She was mentored by Arena Theatre Company Artistic Director Christian Leavesley through the Australia Council’s JUMP program. Louris has interned with writer and director Richard Maxwell from New York City Players; Marius von Mayenburg at the Schaubühne Berlin; and Ivo van Hove from Toneelgroep Amsterdam. Her work was finalist for the 2015 and 2016 Rodney Seaborn Award, the 2015 Griffin Award and the 2014 Edward Albee Scholarship.

Recent projects include: TUESDAY directed by Nell Ranney at Belvoir’s 25A; the world premiere of LOOKING GLASS directed by Susie Dee at fortyfivedownstairs; the Sydney premiere of TRIUMPH directed by Tessa Leong at UNSW; THE SON for Melbourne Theatre Company’s Cybec Electric; the world premiere of TRIUMPH directed by Mark Prichard at fortyfivedownstairs; and HELLO THERE, WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU for Next Wave and ACMI.

Louris co-wrote the short film SUPER with Samara Hersch for Access Inc, which premiered in The Other Film Festival in Melbourne and had its international premiere at ReelAbilities in New York City. Her other projects include TUESDAY (MKA) which has now been adapted into a radio play for ABC Radio National, HUNNY-BUN & BABY DOLL (Dixon Place NYC & Melbourne Fringe Festival), DON’T LOOK NOW (St Martins) directed by Susie Dee, THEY’RE ALL IN THEIR LITTLE BOXES (St Martins).

Louris is currently under commission with English Touring Theatre, Malthouse Theatre, and Melbourne Theatre Company.

W: www.lourisvandegeer.com

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