Theatre Architecture

Theatre Architecture

The purpose of the Theatre Architecture Working Group is to explore all that theatre architecture has been historically, is at present, and might be in the future.

We consider built projects alongside unbuilt or speculative architectures, studying these from a wide range of practical and theoretical perspectives. We continue to investigate the ways in which space can be manipulated to bring performers and spectators into dynamic relationship inside traditional theatre auditoria, while also asking how else the disciplines of theatre and architecture inter-sect. Over the next four years (2015-19), we will be focusing on three major strands of enquiry: a) theatre projects - especially those that provide insights into performing arts venues beyond Europe and North America); b) inter-disciplinary practices - including performance practices that closely engage with, radically undermine, critically re-examine or nakedly depend on architecture for their meaning and value, and architectural practices which employ performance, performativity and/or theatricality to transform our experiences of the built environment; c) inter-disciplinary pedagogies - especially those driven by the question of what is gained for students of one discipline in the encounter between that discipline and the other. We seek to develop theoretical paradigms appropriate to theatre and architecture and to the relationship between them – articulating the many contemporary sites of exchange between these fields and re-examining historical encounters in the light of recent developments in spatial theory and design practice, architecture theory and practice, and theatre/performance studies.

The Theatre Architecture Working Group is currently composed of scholars and practitioners and industry professionals working in or between theatre, performance, architecture and spatial design. The Working Group is made up of members living/working in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Germany, Greece, Holland, India, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Working Group Conveners:

Dr Andrew Filmer [awf@aber.ac.uk] (2012-2020)

Prof Dorita Hannah [dorita.m.hannah@gmail.com] (2018-2022)

Past Working Group Conveners:

Dr Juliet Rufford (2010-2018)

Prof Frank Hildy (-2013)

The image is from National Theatre Wales' production of Aeschylus' The Persians (2010) directed by Mike Pearson and designed by Mike Brookes and Simon Banham

New Co-Convener for the Theatre Architecture Working Group

New Co-Convener for the Theatre Architecture Working Group

08 March, 2018 by Andrew Filmer | 0 comments

Professor Dorita Hannah has been elected as the new co-convener of the Theatre Architecture Working Group. Read more

Call For Papers: IFTR Theatre Architecture Working Group, Belgrade July 2018

Call For Papers: IFTR Theatre Architecture Working Group, Belgrade July 2018

30 November, 2017 by Andrew Filmer | 0 comments

The Theatre Architecture Working Group invites proposals from new and existing members for the 2018 IFTR World Congress Read more

IFTR São Paulo Conference Report

IFTR São Paulo Conference Report

13 September, 2017 by Andrew Filmer | 0 comments

A brief report on the Working Group’s activities during the 2017 IFTR conference in São Paulo by Juliet Rufford. Read more

Call for Papers: Theatre Architecture Working Group IFTR Conference São Paulo 2017

Call for Papers: Theatre Architecture Working Group IFTR Conference São Paulo 2017

01 December, 2016 by Andrew Filmer | 0 comments

The Theatre Architecture Working group invites proposals from new and existing members for the 2017 IFTR Conference in São Paulo, Brazil, 10-14 July. Read more

IFTR Stockholm Conference Report

IFTR Stockholm Conference Report

19 June, 2016 by Andrew Filmer | 0 comments

A brief report on the Working Group's activities during the 2016 IFTR conference in Stockholm. Read more

Call For Papers: IFTR Conference Stockholm 2016

Call For Papers: IFTR Conference Stockholm 2016

14 October, 2015 | 0 comments

PRESENTING THE THEATRICAL PAST INTERPLAYS OF ARTEFACTS, DISCOURSES AND PRACTICES Deadline for bursary applications: 1 December 2015 Deadline for proposals: 15 January 2016 Read more

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