Willard will premiere in 2022.
More information will follow later.



Willard is a new documentary theatre project which is situated in a small town in upstate New York. Willard arose around a large psychiatric facility which was closed down in 1996. The landscape there and the people who live there still wear the scars of the complex history of the town.

The local stories and history relate in so many ways to current and relevant topics: social, medical, economical, even ecological. The Willard project will try to tell this bigger story by telling the story of the small community, the town and its history - based on the portraits of the individual people who are still living there.

The creation process of Willard will be spread over different phases during the next few years, and will premiere in 2022.

Fien Leysen (°1989) first studied Literature and Linguistics and Literary Studies, and then went on to study Drama at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp. Since 2017, her graduation theater piece Wat (Niet) Weg Is has been playing across Flanders. She also sometimes joins forces with the Antwerp based theater company BERLIN on its productions. At the time, Fien is working as an artist in residence for Het Nieuwstedelijk, where she is creating her new piece Wie We Zijn, set to premiere in September of 2019.