It is now confirmed that the next edition of the International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference will be presented at Savoy Place, the Global Engineering Hub of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), on 3-5 June 2018.
Situated in the heart of London, on the north bank of the River Thames overlooking the National Theatre & Royal Festival Hall and close to the historic Savoy Theatre, the Savoy Place venue, with its impressive views, offers a most appropriate location for the once every four years ITEAC.
Since 1909 the IET has called Savoy Place home, although the membership based organisation began life in 1871 as the Society of Telegraph Engineers, formed to address the concerns of that emerging profession and the developing electrical science industry. Shortly afterwards in 1887 it became the Institution of Electrical Engineers, name-changing once again in 2006 to its current guise.
With a mission to inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community, supporting technological innovation to meet the needs of society, the IET recently undertook a two-year £30 million refurbishment of Savoy Place, to make the building more flexible, adaptable to changing technology, to improve its sustainability and promote accessibility.
It now ranks as one of London’s premier and most inspiring event spaces and is the ideal place in which to enthuse and stimulate the current – and the next – generation of those who design buildings for the performing arts and supply the production technology within them.
The 5th edition of ITEAC looks set to be the most effective yet at exploring the needs of the makers and creators of performance and the current and future possibilities available to satisfy them.
There is still time to submit ideas to influence the topics, issues and potential speakers of ITEAC 2018 - Places for Performance: New Directions, by contacting David Staples, Chairman of the Editorial Board, via this dedicated email.
Editorial Board ITEAC 2018
Mark Ager (Group CEO of Stage Technologies Group, part of the TAIT group of companies), Josh Dachs (Principal, Fisher Dachs Associates, theatre planning and design consultants), Paddy Dillon (Director, Allies and Morrison, international architects with a specialism for performance buildings), Tim Foster (Partner, Foster Wilson Architects, a practice recognised as specialists in cultural buildings and creative spaces), Ric Green (Technical Director, Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman), Louis Janssen (co-founder and creative director of Theateradvies and Past President of OISTAT), Lucy Osbourne (a Charcoalblue London-Studio based consultant, international set and costume designer with extensive experience in the UK and North America), David Staples, theatre planning and design consultant, of international practice Theatre Projects), Robin Townley, Chief Executive Office, Association of British Theatre Technicians) & Karin Winkelsesser (Editor of Buehnentechnische Rundschau (BTR), the German magazine for stage technology, architecture and scenography).
All parties are invited to register their interest in attending, speaking or sponsoring the Conference, via the ITEAC website.
Immediately following ITEAC 2018 will be the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) 40th anniversary annual Theatre Show, 6-7 June, making a great week of discovery for those involved in theatre design and technology.