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Luanda Casella is a writer, performing artist, theater director and house artist at NTGent. Her work focuses on how individuals relate to stories and (more specifically) how stories create reality. In recent years, she focused on the use of 'manipulative discourse' in communication processes and 'unreliable narrators' in classic and contemporary works of fiction. Although her work is set in the theater, her plays have complex plots. Casella is creating a unique genre within the Flemish landscape of contemporary text theater with pieces that are socially critical and have the formal radicalism of postmodern literary works.

She has created four performances in recent years, Short of Lying  (2018), Killjoy Quiz  (2020), Ferox Tempus  (2022) and Elektra Unbound  (premiere January 2024), all of which are touring internationally. Casella's work has been shown at Kaserne, Basel; Theater Spektakel, Zurich; Edinburgh Theatre Festival; HAU, Berlin, FARaway Festival, Reims; Spielart Festival, Munich; Frascati, Amsterdam, Dublin Theatre Festival, Het Theater Festival, etc.

In 2018, Casella won the Sabam Jong Theaterschrijf prize at Theater Aan Zee. Since 2020, she has been a house artist at Belgian city theatre NTGent. Killjoy Quiz  was selected for the Belgian Theatre Festival in 2022 as one of the best performances of the season.

Casella is currently part of the drama department at the KASK Conservatory (Ghent), where she mentors master students and gives a masterclass on her research on the 'unreliable narrator'.  She has also been a guest lecturer at the following programs: DAS Graduate School, Amsterdam; KABK, The Hague; P.A.R.T.S, School for Contemporary Dance, Brussels; Toneelacademie Maastricht Institute of Performative Arts; Universität der Künste Berlin, Berlin, among others.

Lua Casella