Koen Bollen studied Art History and Theater Studies at the universities of Brussels, Leiden and Antwerp. He was dramaturgy assistant at Opera Ballet Vlaanderen (2009-2010), became dramaturge at Junge Oper Stuttgart (2010-2014) and received the scholarship Akademie Musiktheater heute (2012-2014). Subsequently, he worked on Frühlings Erwachen for the International Opera Academy in Ghent with director Guy Joosten, the world creation Tonguecat at Bayerische Staatsoper, and with director Jorinde Keesmaat on o.a. Odysseus’ Women & Anaïs Nin (Louis Andriessen), and To be Sung (Pascal Dusapin) for the Centre of Contemporary Opera in New York. Since 2016 he is dramaturge at Opera Ballet Vlaanderen where he worked on the operas Pelléas et Mélisande (with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet), Rusalka (with Alan Lucien Øyen); the dance productions Exhibition and Requiem by Cherkaoui, RASA by Daniel Proietto and Palmos by Andonis Foniadakis; as well as for different youth productions. Season 2021-2022 he is dramaturge for Wim Henderickx’ The Convert and the Vonkproject Liebestod. Koen Bollen teaches at the conservatory in Antwerp, and at IOA in Ghent. He is co-editor and author of the book on the 50th history of Ballet Vlaanderen.