Luk Van den Dries is Full Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Antwerp (Belgium). His research deals with contemporary theatre, with a focus on postdramatic theatre. He wrote extensively on Jan Fabre, one of the main examples of postdramatic theatre in Flanders. He wrote also on the representation of the body in contemporary theatre and co-edited three books on this topic. Other important research topic is the creative process : the dynamics between director’s notebook and rehearsal process.
He was editor of the theatre magazine Etcetera, organiser of the Flemish-Dutch Theatrefestival, president of the jury of the Flemish-Dutch Theatrefestival and president of the Flemish Arts Council. He co-founded the postgraduate academy in theatre Apass and the arts centre for starting theatre artists in Antwerp De Theatermaker. He is co-convener of the working group Les processus de création (International Federation of Theatre Research).
His latest bookpublications are Marianne Beauviche, Luk Van den Dries (ed.) Jan Fabre Esthétique du paradoxe (Harmattan, 2013) ; Thomas Crombez, Luk Van den Dries (ed.) Mass Theatre in Interwar Europe (Kadoc, 2014), Luk Van den Dries : Het geopende lichaam. Verzamelde opstellen over Jan Fabre (De Bezige Bij, 2014), Thomas Crombez, Jelle Koopmans, Frank Peeters, Luk Van den Dries, Karel Van Haesebrouck : Theater. Een Westerse geschiedenis. (Lannoo Campus, 2015).
Works as a free lance dramaturg for Jan Fabre (Tannhäuser, Requiem für eine Metamorphose, Mount Olympos).
Together with Louise Chardon he founded the production house AndWhatBesidesDeath and co-created Ay¨n – La Biagnoire du diable (2008) and Sensorama (2009); he was a dramaturg for Fenestra Ovalis (2011), and Vortex (2012).