Lies Pauwels, born in 1968 in Ghent (Belgium), is a director and actress. She has worked closely with Alain Platel and Arne Sierens, as well as with various theater companies such as Stella Den Haag and Het Toneelhuis. In 2011 she was awarded best actress of the season for her role in Rob de Graaf's 'Freetown' in Amsterdam. Since 2001 Lies Pauwels has focused mainly on her own creations. In doing so, she playfully subverts conventions. She develops her productions in close collaboration with the actors on the basis of controlled improvisations to create unexpected, emotionally exciting and risky evenings. Her productions have been seen at the Manchester International Festival, the Singapore Arts Festival, the LIFT Festival in London. In 2005, her performance 'White Star' was awarded Best Performance at the Kontakt International Festival in Torun, Poland. She has worked at the National Theatre of Scotland as well as at Theater Hetpaleis in Antwerp, where the original production 'The Hamilton Complex' was created in 2013. 'The Hamilton Complex', played by thirteen-year-old girls and a bodybuilder, was about the search for identity in a confusing, ever-changing world. The production was a great success and was performed in eight different countries. Most recently she worked at the Schauspielhaus Bochum, the NTGent and the Burgtheater Vienna.