Chairing: PANEL 1… STRUCTURE
Tuesday 31 August (Day 1), Session 1, 9 am
Ronald Geerts (Vrije Universiteit Brussel – VUB and Université Libre de Bruxelles – ULB) originally trained as a photographer, cinematographer and screenwriter, became passionate about theatre when studying at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He now combines theory and practice in teaching theatre, dramaturgy and storytelling courses at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and screenwriting history and theory at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). He was guest lecturer at the drama and at the writing departments of RITCS, School of Arts, Brussels and held the André Vandenbunder Chair at the University of Antwerp.
His research interests and publications stretch from contemporary Flemish theatre in its international context to the use of narrative and dramaturgical strategies in theatre, film and television. He also conducts research on the genetic study of the screenplay and the history of screenwriting in Belgium. Currently he is researching the narrative construction and function of characters and mapping and interpreting the writings of groundbreaking theatre and dance dramaturg Marianne Van Kerkhoven.
He has served as co-ordindator of the screenwriting programme and as vice chair of the dept of Arts du spectacle at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and as a member of the Board of the Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema and Sound (RITCS), School of Arts . He served on the Executive Council of the international Screenwriting Research Network (SRN) and is a member of the selection committee of the Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds (VAF).