Vincent van den Elshout

Stage directors




He began his formal dramatic studies in his native Holland at the tender age of 16. Following completion of his training at the Academy of the Theatre of Utrecht in 1987, he further perfected his dramaturgical skills at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He also followed a series of international specialised theatre training courses with the Comedia d’ll arte, Milan, Theatre Sports, London, Theatro Classico, Madrid, Berliner Ensemble, Berlin and Theatre de Soleil, Paris. His all-round professional experience as a teacher, actor and producer has developed his deep understanding of the important and intricate relationship between acting, body language and expression, and this has turned him into a highly skilled dramaturgist and a specialist in stage movement. Interested in helping young actors feel and look more natural and at home on stage, he has taught at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Amsterdam, Studio Herman Teirlinck, Antwerp, Darlington College of Art, England, Circulo des Bellas Artes, Madrid, the Royal Conservatory of Music, Brussels and the Julliard School in New York. On stage, he has acted with a wide variety of theatre groups and has interpreted many roles in conventional and avant-garde theatre, including two one-man shows, Tijger and De geboorte van een jongleur, Antwerpen. For his performance in Het ontstaan van de wereld he was awarded the Grote Prijs van Brussel. He has also staged many works, from classics such as The Tempest, by Shakespeare, Cyrano de Bergerac, by Edmond Rostan, and Liasons Dangereuses, by David Perkovitch. In music-theatre he has staged productions of Fame, (written by Christopher Gore, original music score by Michael Gore and choreography by Louis Falco), and Les Misérables, (by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, with lyrics by Herbert Kretzme, after a book by Victor Hugo).

He worked from 2004 until 2013 for the Flanders Opera Studio where he directed: The Full Montiverdi (operapieces from the composer), „Die DreigröchenOper“ of Kurt Weill, „Der Kaiser von Atlantis“ of Victor Ullmann, Alcina van Handel, „The Battle oft he Sexes“ (pieces from operas of Mozart), „Les Miserables“ (pieces of songs, opera, musical of Victor Hugo) „ Wat te zeggen tegen een directeur die afscheid neemt“ (Saying goodby to the Intendant oft he  Flemisch Opera), Benjamin Britten Project (operapieces of Benjamin Britten), Elle est moi und töte mich of Joris Blanckaert en Tom Hannes. In Holland he directed the opera „Onbestorven Weduwe“ of Marco Kalkman / Anna maria Versloot, „Bommelding“ of Hannie van Velthoven / Nirav Christophe, „Kabaal“ / Bestevaer“ of Douwe eisinga / Nirav Christophe and Stadsopera Jheronimus of Peter van Beijnem / Yvon Haan. In Great Britain he directed „Two Caravans“ of Guy Harries / Ace Mc Caron. For Purper and NEO in Vienna he directed Orlando Paladino. He also did the direction of Banksy Boheme for BangUpOpera. At this moment he is preparing De Schrijver, zijn vrouw en haar minnares for Zeeland Nazomer Festival.