Theatre and university to co-host conference

Derby Theatre and the University of Derby, in partnership with leading practitioners in Applied Theatre from across the UK, are to co-host the Exploring New Voices: Future Practice in Applied Theatre Conference in January.

The even, on January 21, will be a day of vibrant conversation, dynamic workshops and thought-provoking keynote presentations from across the field.

As part of the conference the day will also feature workshops led by some of the country’s leading practitioners in Applied Theatre including Artistic Director of Geese Theatre, Andy Watson MBE; Deborah Pakkar-Hull, Artistic Director of Theatre Co Blah Blah Blah; freelance applied theatre director and consultant, Tony McBride; Tim Wheeler, Senior Lecturer at the University of Worcester and freelance writer and director, Anthony Haddon, associate of Theatre Co Blah Blah Blah.

Keynote presentations on the day will be delivered by Derby Theatre’s Artistic Director and CEO Sarah Brigham, Academic and Applied Theatre Practitioner, Ava Hunt and conference curator and Consultant in Theatre and Drama Education, Dr Geoff Readman.

Caroline Barth (Creative Learning Director, Derby Theatre) said:
“This feels like just the right time for us to be covering a conference like this. As our Learning Theatre model develops and we launch our new MA in Applied Theatre and Education, we welcome the chance to bring practitioners, students, academics and communities together to really challenge our practice and find new ways to make a positive impact on society.”

 The conference will provoke and encourage the asking of questions, address challenges and share ideas, and explore how those present can ensure they genuinely bring new and often unheard voices into their work.

Conference prices are £10pp for students, £50pp for artists, £75pp for charities and local authorities and £100pp for universities. You can book your place here.