Theaters Trust, the national public advisory body for UK theatres, has announced details of its 2022 conference, Theaters Fit for the Future, to be held on Tuesday 11 October at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith in London.
Theaters Fit for the Future will explore what the new post-Covid ‘normal’ looks like and what that means for how theaters are designed, adapted and operated. Conference 22 will bring together a mix of inspiring speakers and case studies, as well as opportunities for discussion and sharing of best practices.
Sessions will feature theaters exploring new business models to ensure they not only survive but thrive in this new environment, looking at how they generate new revenue streams and finding different ways to engage with their public and their communities, and developing partnership approaches to increase resilience and impact.
Architects and practitioners will imagine what a truly inclusive theater could look like, one that takes into account everyone’s cultural access and needs. Venue operators will share their innovative practices to make their buildings welcoming to all.
Conference 22 will also return to sustainability, the theme of the Theaters Trust’s 2021 conference, which has generated a lot of positive feedback. This will include the latest developments from the Theater Green Book, including the recently released in-home survey tool that helps theater operators create a priority plan to reduce their building’s carbon emissions. Theaters will also share their experience of investing in carbon reduction measures and the challenges, opportunities and benefits of saving energy.
The leveling program, greater decentralization and the trend towards greater localism, with the concept of 15-minute quarters and the revolution of working from home, all point to an increased role for theaters within the framework of the creation Parks. A series of speakers will help decipher these phenomena and explore how, strategically and practically, theaters contribute to these trends and can benefit from them.
Jon Morgan, director of the Theaters Trust, said: “There is no doubt that theaters are not out of the woods after the pandemic and we face many challenges. But there is great will and enormous creative energy in the sector to find solutions for our theaters to not only come back, but come back better, which Conference 22: Future Ready Theaters will help theaters explore.
Theaters Trust is keen to include as many voices as possible in the conference so that its delegate rates are lower than its last pre-pandemic conference and a scholarship program, generously supported by Avison Young, Delfont Mackintosh Theaters and Trafalgar Theatres, will provide free seats to small theatres, freelancers and students.
Theaters Trust Conference 22 is made possible through the generosity of its sponsors and partners, including Gold and Lanyard Sponsor Unusual Rigging, Silver Sponsors and Partners ABTT, Community Leisure UK, Creu Cymru and ITC.
Nav Kang, Director of Bristow Consulting, said: “We are delighted to continue to support the Theaters Trust and all that it does for the industry. Bristow Consulting shares its core values and we continue to play a leading role in supporting creative organizations in the sector during these difficult times. The 2022 conference provides us with another opportunity to show our commitment to the Theaters Trust and the sustainability agenda.
Other sponsors include Gold sponsor and Bursary 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, 3LR Bronze Sponsor and Avison Young Fellowship Sponsors, Delfont Mackintosh Theaters and Trafalgar Theatres. Conference partners include ABTT, Community Leisure UK, Creu Cymru, Federation of Scottish Theatre, ITC, Society of London Theatre, Theater and Dance NI and UK Theatre, and Media Partners Lighting and Sound International and The Stage.