Lysanne van Overbeek is a Dutch director based in London. Grown up in The Netherlands, she moved to the UK to study Musical Theatre at Trinitylaban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Most recently, Lysanne directed Orfeo ed Euridice / Zanetto, a double bill, for Grimeborn at the Arcola Theatre. The production was sold out and nominated for two Off West End Awards.
After working as an actress across Europe for several years, Lysanne decided to change direction and got her first job as an assistant director on Longborough Festival Opera's Alcina. Since then, she has worked for English Touring Opera, Koln Oper, The Arcola, Britten Sinfonia and the Greenwich Theatre.
Lysanne started her own company, Over the Pond Productions, with an aim to share the values she believes Europe stands for and bring people closer together through theatre. Productions include I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Grimeborn), Connections (Online) and Lady of Stavoren (Putney Arches).
In 2010, merely weeks before she was supposed to move to London, Lysanne's mother was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The symptoms got mistaken for stress, which meant the disease managed to develop very fast before it got treated properly. The fight for a cure and wish to create awareness for the disease, led to Lysanne creating Limitless PD, a theatrical project to raise money for the Cure Parkinson's Trust.