Bio

Stijn Devillé (1974) is an acclaimed Belgian playwright and stage director. He is currently the artistic and general director of HET NIEUWSTEDELIJK, the city theatre of Leuven-Hasselt-Genk. Previously, he was artistic director of the acclaimed music-theatre company Braakland/ZheBilding and curator at the TAZ#festival in Ostend. He worked as a director and/or playwright for KVS Brussels, Theater Utrecht, t,arsenaal Mechelen, Theater Antigone Kortrijk, Bronks Jeugdtheater Brussels. His work was selected for several international festivals.

Devillé studied modern literature and theatre sciences at the University of Leuven (B) and at the Université d’Avignon et des pays de Vaucluse (F) and graduated magna cum laude on a dissertation on Jean Genet’s theatre work. Afterwards he studied Stage Directing at the RITCS School of Arts (Brussels). He is guest professor for drama and playwrighting at LUCA School of Arts (Leuven), Royal Conservatory (Antwerp), Toneelacademie (Maastricht) and RITCS (Brussels).

His plays are being played by several companies in Belgium and the Netherlands and were also aired as audiodrama on national radio. His plays are translated into French and German and are published by De Nieuwe Toneelbibliotheek (Amsterdam) and Drei Masken Verlag (München).

He won several (international) awards, nominations and scholarships for his work:
Scholarships of the Flemish Literary Fund every year since 2008.

  • Taalunie Toneelschrijfprijs, Den Haag, (NL) 2009 for Hitler is dood. This is the most important prize for contemporary playwrighting in the Dutch speaking territory.
  • Prize of the Flemish Government for the performing Arts 2010-2011, for his work with Braakland/ZheBilding
  • Biannual Culture Prize of the University of Leuven 2011-2012, for his work with Braakland/ZheBilding
  • Nomination SABAM Award for Best Theatre Play 2013 for Hebzucht
  • Nomination EURODRAM GERMANY 2015 (G) for Hitler ist tot.
  • PublikumsPreis of the Heidelberger Stückemarkt 2016 (G) for Leni & Susan
  • Nomination SABAM Award for Best Play 2016 for Hoop.
  • Quinquennial prize for Drama of the Royal Academy for the Dutch Language and Literature 2017 for the Hebzucht, Angst & Hoop trilogy. Every 5 years the Koninklijke Academie voor Nederlandse Taal- en Letterkunde elects the best theatre play of the past period.

Stijn Devillé lives and works in Leuven. He has a wife and four children.