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Teunkie van der Sluijs is a theatre director working in the UK and Europe, directing main house, mid-scale and studio work touring (inter)nationally.

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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.

Recent directing includes the Netherlands premiere productions of A Raisin in the Sun, Beneatha’s Place and Clybourne Park for Well Made Productions & Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, awarded the 2017 Amsterdam Award for the Arts. Other directing: The Mountaintop (De Meervaart Amsterdam, Netherlands tour), Women Laughing (Off West End nomination Best Director), HATE (Barbican, finalist Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award), Winter (Orange Tree Theatre), Lungs (Netherlands tour), Waterdragers (Het Zuidelijk Toneel, Netherlands tour) and Yasser (Arcola London, Chopin Theater Chicago, National Theatre of the Netherlands, Assembly Rooms Edinburgh). He worked with HOME Manchester as Director (Literary & International) from 2017-2019, and was Resident Director for global entertainment company Imagine Nation at Theater Amsterdam from 2014-2016, working on ANNE: The Diary of Anne Frank on Stage, SKY and the development of the Hunger Games stage production.

Teunkie is regional dep for Stage Directors UK: North West. He was course leader in directing at the University of Manchester and has worked as visiting director at the University of Salford and Rose Bruford College.

Teunkie trained on the BA Theatre Directing programme at Rose Bruford College, 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, John Wright et.al. He is a former staff director at the National Theatre and Trainee Director at the Orange Tree Theatre, and was a finalist for the Quercus Award, the Leverhulme Bursary for Emerging Theatre Directors, the Young Angels Theatremakers Award and the Arches Award.