Teunkie van der Sluijs is a theatre director working in the United Kingdom and his native Netherlands. He has directed main house, mid-scale and studio productions touring Europe, the United States and North Africa. He currently works with HOME Manchester on international repertoire, and teaches directing at the University of Manchester. He has worked as resident director at Theater Amsterdam and is a former staff director at the National Theatre and Trainee Director at the Orange Tree Theatre. He has translated, adapted and edited scripts for the stage, published on performing arts for a range of publications in the UK and the Netherlands. Since 2008, he has led Anglo-Dutch theatre company Studio Dubbelagent.
Van der Sluijs frequently collaborates with audacious European designers and composers with opera and dance backgrounds, to create bold statements in stage and sound design. Employing a detailed psychological acting style, he renders human behaviours and social structures in stylized landscapes rich in visual metaphor. Focusing predominantly on contemporary repertoire, he has directed English language premieres of playtexts from continental Europe, and directed European premieres of work by English and American playwrights.
Van der Sluijs trained on the BA Theatre Directing programme at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, studied Script Development at the National Film and Television School, and he holds an MA in Theatre Studies from the University of Amsterdam. He also studied filmmaking at the London Film Academy and took part in workshops by Katie Mitchell, Ian Rickson, Mike Alfreds, Max Stafford-Clark, John Wright et.al. At the Orange Tree Theatre, he worked as assistant and associate director and he has assisted on West End productions including the Olivier Award winning The Mountaintop.