Tom Swaak obtained master’s degrees in Philosophy and Western Literature from the University of Leuven. His focal points during these studies were philosophy of art, and Dutch theatre and literature respectively. After his studies, he lectured on aesthetics and he taught Dutch literature in Moscow and Paris. Subsequently, he worked for the Flanders Heritage Library and the University of Leuven. As a visual artist, he collaborated with poet Bram Vaassen on several exhibitions and in 2015, a book was published with their collected emblems. Since 2019, he is a dramaturge at Opera Ballet Vlaanderen where he worked on several projects, including Deus universalis, Rizoom and Doem en verlossing.