Conference 22 programme

The conference will focus on creating a lively, engaging, dynamic gathering of professionals to collectively imagine a more viable, sustainable, and inclusive future for our theatres.

Here are details of the sessions and speakers confirmed so far. We will be adding more speakers and sessions timings over the coming weeks. 

Theatres Fit for the Future: Keynote

As we emerge from the pandemic what is the role and value of theatres in the recovery of our communities, towns and cities?  How can they support and strengthen our communities and help make our towns and cities great places to live?

Speaker: tbc

Morning parellel session: The Business of Theatres 

What are some new and emerging strategies to make theatres more resilient in uncertain times?  How are theatres adapting their buildings and their business models to ensure they thrive in the future?

Speakers include: Richard Daws, Komedia, Bath / Brighton; Richard Hughes, Awen Cultural Trust, Wales; Gary Johnson and Oluwatoyin Odunsi, Brixton House, London.

Chair: Annabel Turpin, ARC Stockton Arts Centre

Morning parellel session: Theatres for Everyone

How do we make our theatres truly inclusive places to work and visit?  What does this mean for how we design or adapt our buildings and for our organisational cultures, practices and decision making?

Speakers include: Dan Daw, Dan Daw Creative; James McKenzie-Blackman, Theatre Royal Plymouth; Keith Saha, 20 Stories High, Liverpool.

Chair: tbc

Afternoon parellel session: Theatres in Placemaking

How are the places we live and work changing and how can theatres contribute to placemaking and levelling up?

Speakers include: Patrick J O’Reilly, Tinderbox Theatre Company, Belfast; Dan Winder, Stanley Arts, Croydon 

Chair: tbc

Afternoon parellel session: Greening Theatres

How is the Theatre Green Book working in practice and how can we go even further in improving the sustainability of our buildings and our productions?

Speakers include: Roberta Mock, Royal Holloway, University of London

Chair: tbc

Theatres Fit for the Future: Artistic Directors

What does theatres fit for the future mean to the artists who run them?  How can they become more resilient, inclusive, sustainable spaces, sitting at the heart of healthy, vibrant communities?

Speakers tbc

Chair: Hannah Azieb-Pool, Bernie Grant Arts Centre, London

Capital Lightning Rounds

 A high speed overview of some current theatre projects supporting resilience, inclusion, sustainability or placemaking.

Speakers include: Tim FitzHigham, St George’s Guildhall, King's Lynn; Eimear Hanratty, O'Donnell + Tuomey on Sadlers Wells East, London; Jack Tilbury, Plann on The Yard, London.

Chair: Jon Morgan, Theatres Trust