The Circle of Conversations Ever Wider: Responding to Expanded Scenography in and out of the Classroom

“The Circle of Conversations Ever Wider: Responding to Expanded Scenography in and out of the Classroom”
Organizer: Wes Pearce
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Call for participation
Deadline: 31 January, 2019  

In the introduction to their book, Scenography Expanded: An Introduction to Contemporary Performance Design, editors Joslin McKinney and Scott Palmer argue “that scenography [can] operate independently from a theatre text . . . is now widely in evidence” (1) and “scenography . . .can happen anywhere” but suggest that “the rapid expansion of scenographic practice . . . has left little room for reflection on what its defining characteristics might be” (1).  It might be  further argued that how scenography is understood, taught and practiced in a variety of Canadian post secondary institutions (not to mention regional and non-regional theatres) has also not paused to reflect on what the defining characteristics of expanded scenography might be nor how to approach them in the classroom nor in production.  The purpose of this roundtable is the exchange of strategies, curriculum development, case studies and reflections on teaching AND doing contemporary scenography when many of our stakeholders still have very traditional expectations from the “design area”.

Much of the preliminary work for the roundtable will happen before the conference. During the winter semester, participants will be asked to  respond online to a  few of generic questions (for example, how do you teach “scenography can happen anywhere”?) and closer to the conference share with everyone a short position paper (if not a manifesto)  as well as course outlines, specific projects, readings and other resources that have been useful in moving the conversation in and out of the classroom beyond a traditional understanding and teaching of theatre design/scenography.  The focus of the session will be exploring and responding to the strategies, pedagogies, curricular (and other) resources gathered before the conference.

For more information or to express your interest in the participating:

  • Please send 250 word application proposals and a 150 word bio by 31 January, 2019 to Wes Pearce (
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