Guy Coolen is general and artistic director of Muziektheater Transparant in Antwerp and artistic director of the Rotterdam opera festival De Operadagen. He studied Germanic Philology at Antwerp University and later specialized in Theatre and Communications Studies at Ghent University. Since 1993 he has been the director of Muziektheater Transparant, a production company that offers residencies to composers and theatre-makers and sets up musical-theatre projects all over the world. The company has appeared at many international festivals, including the Melbourne Festival, Sydney Festival, Singapore Festival, Holland Festival, Avignon Festival and Edinburgh International Festival.
Guy Coolen is member of the European Cultural Parliament and the musical-theatre committee of the International Theatre Institute. He is also the chairman of the board of the Oorsmeer / Big Bang youth music festival, the B’Rock baroque music ensemble and the Laika theatre group. In the Netherlands he is a member of committees at the Kameroperahuis and the Theaterinstituut Nederland.
As of November 2013