Frederik Le Roy is currently a guest professor at the department of Art History, Musicology and Theatre Studies at Ghent University. He is a member of Studies in Performing Arts & Media (Ghent University) and teaches the master seminar Contemporary Performance Theory. Next to his teaching at Ghent University he is a lecturer at KASK / School of Arts where teaches several theory courses and coordinates the Master in Drama.
He holds a master degree in Philosophy (Catholic University of Leuven, 2003) and in Art Studies, focussed on Performance Studies and Film (Ghent University, 2005). He was visiting research student at the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley in 2006 and a visiting scholar at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York in 2017. In 2012 he obtained his doctoral degree at Ghent University with a dissertation entitled Verknoopte tijd, verfrommelde geschiedenis (Entangled Time, Crumpled History). Inspired by the philosophy of history of Walter Benjamin, this research dealt with the politics of memory of performative strategies (re-enactment, historical montage, testimony) in historic and contemporary (cultural) performance.
He publishes on these themes. He is co-editor of a special issue of the journal Arcadia entitled Performing Cultural Trauma in Theatre and Film (Winter 2010), a book on Jan Lauwers' theatre work with Needcompany (Academia Press and IT&FB, 2007, with C. Stalpaert and S. Bousset) and of Tickle Your Catastrophe: Imagining Catastrophe in Art, Architecture and Philosophy (Academia Press, 2011). Recently he edited an issue of Documenta on the notion of the 'contemporary' in the performing arts.
Besides his academic research, he was a theory coach at the dance school P.A.R.T.S. (2012-2013) and a freelance editor.