Ruud Gielens was born in 1977 in Belgium and studied theatre directing at the RITS in Brussels. After graduation, the versatile artist was active in various fields of the performing arts. He designed stage sets and lighting, realized video designs and directed and played at several Belgian Theatres. His strong interest in social issues leads him to realize a variety of politically motivated projects that always spring from impulsive promptings, political and artistic emergencies, interventions and debates. With Mourade Zeguendi, Chokri and Zouhaïr Ben Chikha he founded the company Union Suspecte and directed amongst others: 41 Rue de la limite, L’Hafa, Notre Dame de Flandre, We people and Back To School. His other directorial works include Koltès’: Black Battles with Dogs at the Theater Antigone and also Peter Handke’s Die Stunde da wir nichts von einander wussten at the Kaaitheater. He also directed the opera’s Samson and Platée at Music Theatre Transparant in Antwerp. As an actor, he played amongst others in Luk Percevals’: L. King of Pain, Turista and Death of a Salesman. At the Berlin Schaubuehne, he starred in Thomas Ostermeier’s staging of the Woyzeck. At the German National Theater Weimar, he played Richard III under Thomas Thieme’s direction. From 2005 to 2010 he was part of the ensemble of the KVS in Brussels. As a house director, he staged amongst others: Liberté, Egalité, Sexualité, Singhet ende Weset, Kroum, Revue and Biedermann und die Brandstiffter; as an actor, he starred at the KVS in Litanie and King Lear. He also starred in several Belgian and international movies and television series including Vermist, De Keyser van de Smaak, Soeur Sourire and Les Barons. Since 2005 he has been teaching at the Drama School Rits in Brussels. Since 2011 he resided most of the time in Cairo where he together with Laila Soliman will replay most of his artistic practices in the future.