LOURIS VAN DE GEER
Lourisvan de Geer is a writer working across theatre, live performance and screen from Melbourne, Australia. She has been described as a “distinctive new voice" and her work as a "brilliant...study of human existence” by The Age.
Louris was awarded the Australia Council BR Whiting Studio Residency and will spend three months in Rome in 2024. She holds a Masters of Writing for Performance from the Victorian College of the Arts. Her work has been shortlisted for the Griffin Award, the Edward Albee Scholarship and the Rodney Seaborn Award. She is the recipient of an Australia Council Art Start grant, a Bundanon Fellowship, and an Ian Potter Travel Scholarship which supported her travels to the UK and Europe. Louris was selected for the Australia Council JUMP Mentorship Program, Malthouse Theatre’s Besen Family Artist Program and Malcolm Robertson Writers Program and was one of Melbourne Theatre Company’s inaugural Next Stage Commissions.
Recent projects include: writing and directing her first short film THE BODY which is currently in post- production; writing a short screenplay for Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, an adaptation of Elizabeth Jolley’s THE WELL directed by Sarah Goodes in a staged reading as part of Melbourne Theatre Company’s summer season; 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 has been commissioned by English Touring Theatre, Malthouse Theatre, and Melbourne Theatre Company.