Elien Hanselaer (°1989) is an actress and theatre maker. She graduated from KASK (HOGENT, Ghent) and East 15 Acting School (University of Essex, London). She premiered last summer in Ostend at Zomer in O with Ashes to Ashes, the first production that she made in cooperation with actor and director Stefaan Degand. Other recent theatre projects include Afropean/Human Being (KVS), Europa in de Herfst (Theater Malpertuis), Maria Novella and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (KVS).
Her growing interest in participatory work led Hanselaer to conduct an artistic, practice-based doctoral research project about connections between actors. Hanselaer is also part of Hobo Theater, a British performance collective, which was founded in 2012 to set up participatory projects that reflect about an increasingly interconnected world. The research done by Hobo into play, games, co-creation and participation has broadened Hanselaer’s practice beyond the standard context for theatre.