Keynote speakers and full program details have been announced for Theaters Trust Conference 22: Theaters Fit for the Future on 11 October at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith. Conference 22 focuses on creating a lively, engaging and vibrant gathering of professionals to collectively envision a more viable, sustainable and inclusive future for UK theaters and the people who visit and work there.
The main session will be led by Rob Hopkins, activist, writer and co-founder of the Transition movement, a radically hopeful and community-driven approach to creating societies independent of fossil fuels. Rob will talk about how the power of theater in particular, and our imagination more generally, can create the future we want. It will signal how, by working collectively at the grassroots and across the country, we can meet the challenges of our planetary emergencies, and not just survive but thrive.
A stellar panel of artistic and creative directors, including Julie Ellen (Macrobert Arts Centre), Robert Hastie (Sheffield Theatres), Low Kee Hong (The Factory) and Rachel O’Riordan (Lyric Hammersmith), with President Hannah-Azieb Pool (Bernie Grant Arts Centre) will reflect on the day’s themes of resilience, inclusion, sustainability and placemaking.
Throughout the day, there will be sessions focusing on how theaters are adapting their buildings and business models, how theaters can be truly inclusive places, and the role of theaters in creating places and setting at the level. Building on last year’s conference and the Theater Green Paper, a session will also look at how theaters can go even further to improve the sustainability of their buildings and productions.
The conference program includes a wide range of theaters and venues, alongside architects, practitioners, sustainability experts and theater consultants with panelists representing organizations including property developers Argent; Future city; The Albany, London; Brixton House; The Embassy, Skegness; Komedia, Bath/Brighton; The Lowry, Salford; The Sage Gateshead; R TheaterRoyal Plymouth and Worcester Performing Arts Centre.
The 2022 event aims to shake things up a bit and more actively engage all participants (panelists, speakers and delegates) to help imagine what suitable theaters of the future might look like.
Jon Morgan, director of the Theaters Trust, sayss, We are absolutely thrilled to have Rob Hopkins open Conference 22, setting the tone for what will be a positive and energetic day. Theaters Fit for the Future will bring the theater sector together, not just to talk about the issues we face, but to collectively find solutions.
Conference 22: Future Ready Theaters is made possible through the generous support of its sponsors and partners: Platinum Sponsor Bristow Consulting, Gold Sponsor and Fellowship Trafalgar Theatres, Gold Sponsor and Lanyard Unusual, Gold Sponsors Charcoalblue, Plann and Theatreplan, Silver sponsors EM Acoustics, Harlequin, Haworth Tompkins, LW Theatres, Point One Epos, Stage Electrics, Theater Projects and Triple E, bronze sponsors 3LR, Bennetts Associates and Yesplan, scholarship sponsors Avison Young, Delfont Mackintosh Theaters and Trafalgar Theaters and technical sponsor White Light Ltd Conference partners include ABTT, Community Leisure UK, Creu Cymru,
Scottish Theater Federation, ITC, Society of London Theatre, Theater and Dance NI and UK Theater and media partners Lighting and Sound International and The Stage.