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Lysanne van Overbeek is a Dutch director working in the UK and Europe.
Lysanne has had an interest in the arts since she was very young. Her grandfather was a painter and music was encouraged in her childhood home. She developed a specific interest in musical theatre and opera after watching Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady with her mother.
After training in the Netherlands, she moved to London aged eighteen to study Musical Theatre at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Whilst at Trinity Laban, she developed a specific interest in classical and physical theatre. She graduated with a BA(Hons) in 2013 and worked for several years as a performer and teacher.
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 initiative to raise money for the Cure Parkinson's Trust.
This project also awoke her interest in directing and specifically opera. In 2016 she got her first job as Assistant Director to Jenny Miller at Longborough Festival Opera where she fell in love with the artform. Since then, she has worked for The Arcola, Koln Oper, Britten Sinfonia, Greenwich Theatre and directed the critically acclaimed I Capuleti e i Montecchi with her company Over the Pond Productions at Grimeborn.