The actor, author and director JOSSE DE PAUW’s career started in 1976 with Radeis International, a highly successful theatre group that performed throughout Europe and overseas, from Vancouver to Los Angeles, from Caracas to Hong Kong, until 1984. As from 1985 he operated as an independent theatre-maker and collaborated with actors, directors, musicians, composers, writers and artists including Tom Jansen, Dirk Roofthooft, Luk Perceval, Guy Cassiers, Jan Decorte, Jürgen Gosh, Jan Ritsema, Jan Lauwers, Manu Riche, Peter Vermeersch and FES, Claire Chevallier, George van Dam, Jan Kuijken, Eric Thielemans, Rudy Trouvé, Roland Van Campenhout, Collegium Vocale, I Solisti del Vento, Corrie van Binsbergen, David Van Reybrouck, Mark Schaevers, Jeroen Brouwers, Koenraad Tinel, Gorik Lindemans, Benoît van Innis, David Claerbout, Michaël Borremans and Herman Sorgeloos.
He performed his first major film part in 1989, and since then has performed in more than fifty Belgian and foreign films. He has himself directed two: Vinaya and Übung. He has worked with directors including Dominique Deruddere, Marc Didden, Guido Hendrickx, Eric Pauwels, Jos Stelling, Franz Weisz, Orlow Seunke and Marc-Henri Wajnberg. In addition to plays, he also writes stories, observations, notes and travel stories. His writings have been collected in two books: Werk and Nog (published by Hautekiet). He has adapted Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano for the stage for the director Guy Cassiers, and J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace for Luk Perceval.
But he is known above all as the author, actor and maker of such successful plays as Weg, Larf, Übung, die Siel van die Mier, Ruhe, Strange News, Liefde/zijn handen, Een Nieuw Requiem, De Versie Claus, Over de bergen, De Gehangenen, Boot & Berg and An Old Monk. 2014 will see the premiere of his new production in collaboration with Jan Kuijken, called HUIS.
During seasons 2016-2017 and 2017-2018, Josse De Pauw worked on a trilogy in collaboration with LODcomposers Dominique Pauwels, Jan Kuijken and Kris Defoort: The Heroes (with Dominique Pauwels), Mankind (with Kris Defoort) and The Blind (with Jan Kuijken).