ITEAC schedules most ambitious programme to date
Tuesday, 1 August 2023
theatre-clywdHaworth Tompkins will discuss making the 1970’s Theatr Clywd building sustainable
UK - The ABTT’s International Theatre, Engineering and Architecture Conference (ITEAC) has announced its most ambitious schedule yet, including over 50 sessions from around the world for its 2023 edition at the IET, London on 19-20 September 2023.
With contributors from Australia, America, Brazil, Colombia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Japan, Scotland, Singapore, Sweden, South Korea and Wales – ITEAC 2023 brings more variety to the table than ever before. A full timetable has now been released. The programme includes a variety of live seminars and discussions informed by short films and pre-recorded presentations from prestigious projects and commentators.
Delegates can expect discussion, debate and sharing of best practice, with those attending the IET London event able to create new connections and forge lasting collaborative relationships. Sessions are punctuated by networking opportunities during the tea and coffee intervals and lunch breaks.
On the first morning, the London conference will focus on environmental sustainability with a discussion from Haworth Tompkins on making the 1970’s Theatr Clywd building sustainable. This will be followed by Kate Burnett talking to leading designers about the challenge of making spectacular productions sustainable. Delegates will then join Dave Ludlum as he questions how to break the cycle of constantly renewing equipment, and Tom Harper will review engineering solutions for working sustainably. Taiwan’s National Theatre and Concert Hall will share their STAGES project for a tour where nothing moved from place to place, and Bogotà will review their arts policy on sustainability and the exciting results this led to.
In the afternoon, ITEAC will address the urgent challenge of theatres engaging with new communities. To start we review thoughtful architecture through Malmo Stadsteater, Sweden and recent community-based projects in Japan. Then sessions will focus on alternative solutions such as large-scale community projects led by The Abbey Theatre, Dublin and Public Works in New York.
Delegates will have the opportunity to look at projects that deliver theatre in streets, found spaces, ghettoes and even a moving bus from contributors in São Paulo, in Brazil. Also, the work of SESC will be investigated through the celebrated work of Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi and São Paulo’s diverse population triggers a debate about what we mean by theatre and performance space as we explore it through the eyes of indigenous theatre-makers.
On the second day of the Conference, ITEAC 2023 will focus on how covid was a catalyst for a radical acceleration of digital theatre: suddenly it being the only way to reach audiences. Sessions will explore how for some, digital threatens everything distinctive about theatre while for others, it’s an opportunity to reach new audiences and master new technologies.
ITEAC will look to the future in a joint session led by Hong Kong Performing Arts Academy and the University of North Carolina about how digital will transform the lives of emerging theatre-makers and this is further explored through discussion with Hong Kong, Singapore and Seoul - three of the world’s most connected cities - to see how they are readying theatres for a digital world.
ITEAC 2023 is designed to inspire, energise and inform its participants, welcoming both established and new generation practitioners including architects, consultants, engineers, contractors, acousticians, technicians, operators, owners, as well as those who create the art; those for whom the spaces must work and whose needs must be heard and understood.

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