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What is OISTAT? The global network of theatre makers celebrating design & technology in live performance. OISTAT has dedicated for almost half a century to bringing theatre makers worldwide together. With OISTAT, theatre professionals have access to the key that unlocks the magic of live performance. Seeing people exchanging inspiring thoughts, fascinating ideas and establishing connections is the greatest joy and driving force behind what we do.


FROM PRESIDENT Looking back at 2016, we started early in advance with major projects that are taking place in 2017. We received 660 entries for the World Stage Design Exhibition (WSD2017) and 139 performance applications for Scenofest from 60 countries across five continents. The exhibition ‘Costume at the Turn of the Century 19902015’ travelled to the University of North Carolina, Asheville and had its debut in North America. The ‘World Costume Festival’ successfully completed in Vigan City, the Philippines. Last year, OISTAT gained valuable feedback from the young generation through the ‘Core Strategy’ project. Participating students presented their fabulous final report for the Executive Committee and Governing Board in Taipei, Taiwan. Their insightful observations are the fresh eyes that provide the organization new ways of reaching out to the emerging young generation. In today’s ever-changing world, OISTAT honors the importance in connecting with theatre people at different age, race, culture and profession. I am very proud to see our first Core Strategy project came to a temporary end and I am certainly looking forward to future collaboration with more potential schools and young talents. In 2016, we welcomed the new Education commission Chair, William Kenyon (USA), and Vice Chair Anders Larsson (Sweden). In the Architecture commission, we welcomed the Chair Tim Foster (UK), and the three Vice Chairs Martien van Goor (the Netherlands), Reinhold Daberto (Germany) and Torsten Nobling (Sweden). We also welcome our new Associate Members T.K. Zhurgenov Kazakh National Academy of Arts (Kazakhstan), A.A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum (Russia) and new Individual Members Marcelo Jaureguiberry (Argentina), Doris Rollemberg (Brazil), Flor Dias (Brazil), Claudia Suarez (Chile), Jose Manuel Castanheira (Portugal), Ivana Bakal (Croatia), Sabine Dargent (Ireland), Adeshina Vincent Ayodele (Nigeria),

Chan Chun Huang (Taiwan), Mahdi Troudi (Tunisia), Michael Ramsaur (USA), Kevin Rigdon (USA) and Susan Mickey (USA). Over the past 12 months, OISTAT left footprints in Salt Lake City, USA, Taipei, Taiwan, Moscow & St. Petersburg, Russia, Stockholm & Drottningholm, Sweden, Rotterdam & Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Seville, Spain. In 2017, we will continue to provide a platform that overcomes cultural and geographical barriers, offering theatre lovers worldwide opportunities to share, interact and cooperate. I invite you to embark on this beautiful journey with us. OISTAT, for the first time in history, will be presenting World Stage Design, the World Congress, Scenofest, the Theatre Architecture Competition and the Technical Invention Prize all in the same year. See you there!

Louis Janssen OISTAT President



Performance Design Meeting Mar. 16-19 @ Salt Lake City, USA

Digital Theatre Words iPad Version online May 4

Executive Committee & Governing Board Meeting Apr. 20-25 @ Taipei, Taiwan



Research Meeting Jun. 11-13 @ Stockholm & Drottningholm, Sweden

WSD 2017 Submission Jun. 15 - Sep. 26 Technology Meeting May 26-30 @ Moscow & St. Petersburg, Russia



Costume at the Turn of the Century: 1990-2015 Aug. 22 - Sep. 21 @ Asheville, USA

Executive Committee & Governing Board, Architecture and Education Meetings Oct. 20-23 @ Seville, Spain

TIP 2017 Submission Dec. 1, 2016 - Mar. 30, 2017

Announcement of selected entries for WSD 2017 Exhibition Dec. 10 Publication & Communication Meeting Oct. 15-17 @ Rotterdam & Amsterdam, the Netherlands



World Costume Festival 2016 Oct. 20-26 @ Vigan City, the Philippines



OISTAT Projects...................................................................................................... 09 OISTAT Publications . . ............................................................................................. 19 Partnership.. ............................................................................................................. 21 Ongoing Projects. . .................................................................................................. 25 2016 New Members. . .............................................................................................. 29 Commissions & Meetings..................................................................................... 33 In Memoriam............................................................................................................ 39 OISTAT 2016 Financial Report............................................................................. 41 OISTAT Meetings and Events in 2017................................................................ 43 OISTAT Membership List ..................................................................................... 45




For the first time in history, World Stage Design, World Congress, Scenofest, Theatre Architecture Competition and Technical Invention Prize will all be in the same year.


World Stage Design 2017

World Stage Design (WSD) is a designer-focused international exhibition of contemporary scenography. WSD2017 is hosted by OISTAT Taiwan Centre, Taiwan Association of Theatre Technology (TATT) and Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA). WSD2017 will take place in the TNUA campus in Taipei, Taiwan between July 1 and 9. The jury selected 120 entries for the WSD2017 Professional Designers Exhibition and 60 entries for the WSD2017 Emerging Designers Exhibition, for a total of 178 designs out of all selected entries to be displayed from over 150 designers across 35 countries.

WSD2017 Exhibition Selection Jury Professional Designers Exhibition Kate Burnett (UK), Eloise Kazan (Mexico), Kevin Rigdon (USA), Austin Wang (Taiwan) Emerging Designers Exhibition Sophie Jump (UK), An-huei Tsao (Taiwan), Patrick Du Wors (Canada)

OISTAT World Congress The most important election in OISTAT Next OISTAT World Congress will be on July 3-4, 2017 during WSD2017 in Taipei, Taiwan. The delegates of the World Congress will elect the President, the members of the Executive Committee 2017-2021 and also decide on changes of the statutes and other important issues of the organization. Candidates of OISTAT President Sean Crowley (UK), Bert Determann (the Netherlands), Ivo Kersmaekers (Belgium) Candidates of Executive Committee members Duncan Ei-Eu Chang (Taiwan), Sean Crowley (UK), Bert Determann (the Netherlands), Ivo Kersmaekers (Belgium), John Mayberry (Canada), Marina Raytchinova (Bulgaria), Kevin Rigdon (USA), Jan K. Rolnik (Czech Republic), Hazem Shebl (Egypt)



Scenofest is a concept of a festival celebrating scenography, setting out to engage professionals and students in the field of theatre design with a wide range of seminars, workshops, performances, and presentations of leading practitioners in all areas of theatre design and technology. Following the concept developed for the WSD/Scenofest 2013, production programming of Scenofest at WSD2017 will emphasize the approach of design as performance.

Theatre Architecture Competition Theatre Architecture Competition (TAC) is an international ideas competition, aimed at students and emerging architecture practitioners. The 10th Theatre Architecture Competition 2017 is generously supported by the Hsinchu City government of Taiwan. The Theme of TAC2017 is “Theatre as Public Space.” Competitors are asked to conceive a temporary “Theatre Village”, which can be erected for a short festival of theatre, providing for both conventional performances or something more experimental and which explores the relationship between the performance itself and the public space which it inhabits. Submission opens from February 17 to April 22, 2017.


Technical Invention Prize

Initiated by OISTAT Technology commission, Technical Invention Prize (TIP) is awarded to the technicians working in theatre or any part of the entertainment industry who come up with the most creative and clever ideas for common practice on stage. Submission of the 2nd Technical Invention Prize opens on December 1st, 2016 and will be closed on March 30th, 2017. Prizes will be awarded to top three entries; First prize 1,000 USD dollars. The winners will be announced on the TIP award ceremony at World Stage Design 2017.

Core Strategy Project 2015-2016 The Core Strategy project is aimed to bring in young generation’s perspectives to OISTAT. Five graduate students from National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) participated in the first Core Strategy project. After one-year research, NTNU team presented the idea "OISTAT Channel" as a way for OISTAT to reach out to young generations. OISTAT Channel is series of video clips that encourage theatre-makers worldwide to share their innovations, ideas and stories. OISTAT will strive to establish more projects like Core Strategy for young theatre generation’s creative ideas to be heard.


Digital Theatre Words iPad version

Digital Theatre Words (DTW) is a project focusing on theatre terminology and currently has 24 languages online. Digital Theatre Words iPad version has launched in 2016.

Costume at the Turn of the Century 1990-2015 "Costume at the Turn of the Century 1990-2015â€? presented works of over 260 costume designers almost 4,000 images from 32 countries and cover the period from 1990 to 2015. It showcases costume design projects for theatre, opera, dance, ďŹ lm, fashion and performing arts. The original production of the exhibition took place in 2015 in the A.A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum in Moscow, Russia. In 2016, it went to the United States, with a debut exhibit at UNC Asheville.


World Costume Festival 2016 World Costume Festival 2016 was held on October 20-23, 2016 in Vigan, the Philippines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and New 7 Wonder City of the World. The event was a great success assembling outstanding costume designers from all over the world.

OISTAT PUBLICATIONS 1_Understanding OISTAT – Network of Global Theatre Professionals 2_World Scenography 1975-1990 3_World Scenography 1990-2005 4_Digital Theatre Words App 5_Theatre Architecture Competition Catalogue 2015 6_Technical Invention Prize Catalogue










Grand Opening of National Taichung Theater Designed by Pritzker Prize winner Toyo Ito, the National Taichung Theater (NTT) is the new cultural landmark in Asia. OISTAT Headquarters partnered with NTT to implement the international forum A Theater for Arts and New Lifestyle on October 1st, 2016 for their grand opening celebration. The symposium attracted more than 150 participants from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Germany, France and Belguim.




OISTAT 50th Anniversary In 2018, OISTAT will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary. 2018 is the bridge year between WSD2017 and PQ’19. OISTAT 50th Anniversary will be a celebration of theatre design and technology.

PQ/WSD Internship Project PQ/WSD internship project is the only internship opportunity that bridges the two major festivals of scenography. It aims to develop a professional training platform for design, technology and arts management students. The project will be launched at World Stage Design 2017. We look forward to welcoming students from different backgrounds to participate.

International Standards Project International Standards Project (ISP) is the collaborative works of international professional theatre technician. The target of ISP is to learn more about the existing standards and regulations of theatres in different countries, getting a collection of them and then creating comprehensive standards like CEN and ISO.




OISTAT Centres Associate Members Individual Members

T.K. Zhurgenov Kazakh National Academy of Arts (Kazakhstan) A.A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum (Russia)

Associate Members

OISTAT Headquarters Taipei, Taiwan

Marcelo Jaureguiberry (Argentina) Doris Rollemberg (Brazil) Flor Dias (Brazil) Claudia Suarez (Chile) Jose Manuel Castanheira (Portugal) Ivana Bakal (Croatia) Sabine Dargent (Ireland)

Individual Members

Adeshina Vincent Ayodele (Nigeria) Chan Chun Huang (Taiwan) Mahdi Troudi (Tunisia) Michael Ramsaur (USA) Kevin Rigdon (USA) Susan Mickey (USA)




Performance Design commission March 16-19, Salt Lake City, USA Performance Design commission annual business meeting was hosted by US OISTAT Centre United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) in Stage Expo. PDC members had an overview on the short-term and long- term goals of the commission such as programming in WSD2017 and World Costume Festival. PDC had a panel discussion on the topic of "Beyond borders/ Beyond language" with the emphasis on collaboration between the areas of design for performance and ideas that expand beyond the boundaries of conventional understanding of set, costume, lighting and sound design.

Technology commission

May 26-30, Moscow & St. Petersburg, Russia Thirty local and international professionals attended annual meeting and had an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas, enjoy in exciting programs including tours of Moscow and St. Petersburg. TC members reviewed the projects of Technology commission including Technical Invention Prize (TIP), International Standards Project (ISP) and proposals for World Stage Design 2017.

Research commission June 11-13, Stockholm & Drottningholm, Sweden Research commission celebrated the 250th anniversary of Drottningholm’s Slottsteater with a meeting in Stockholm and Drottningholm dedicated to the legacy of painted scenery. In the meeting, Bruno Forment (Belgium) communicated his decision to step down as Chair of the commission. Dr. David Wilmore (UK) proposed his candidacy as Vice Chair, which all present approved. Dr. David Wilmore is now the Interim Chair of Research commission.

Publication & Communication commission October 15-17, Rotterdam & Amsterdam, the Netherlands Gerbrand Borgdorff (the Netherlands) and Bert Determann (the Netherlands) have organized a wonderful program. PCC members had a tour of the Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Luxor Theater and Amsterdam Stadsschouwburg. Carl Walling (USA) led the discussion on the topics of Core Strategy project, Social Media Goals, Strategic Planning project – OISTAT 2018, Information Sharing and OISTAT Archival Restoration.


Architecture commission October 20-23, Seville, Spain 2016 Architecture commission was hosted by Association OISTAT Spain with Sevilla 16 Architecture conference. AC members elected Tim Foster (UK) as the Chair for four more years and discussed on the details of Theatre Architecture Competition 2017 and the plan of theatre tours in Taiwan during WSD2017.

Education commission October 20-23, Seville, Spain OISTAT Education commission elected new Chair, William Kenyon (USA). Many thanks to the former Chair Ian Evans(UK), for his constant contribution and effort for the past four years.

Executive Committee and Governing Board meeting April 20-25, Taipei, Taiwan Executive Committee and Governing Board reviewed OISTAT major projects in 2017 - World Stage Design (WSD), Scenofest, Theatre Architecture Competition (TAC) and Technical Invention Prize (TIP). TATT -Taiwan Association of Theatre Technology (OISTAT Taiwan Centre) took EC & GB members on a tour in the campus of Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA) where World Stage Design 2017 will be held.

October 20-23, Seville, Spain Invited by Association OISTAT Spain, Executive Committee and Governing Board members discussed the internal communication, structure and development of the organization.

Sevilla 16 Architecture Conference The three-day conference themed “Theatre Architectures in Andalucía,” gathered more than 200 participants. Topics ranged from The Theatres in Andalucía, Theatres Cartographies, Theatre Routes to Classic Theatres Restoration.



Professor Rudolf Kück worked as a Technical Director at Deutsche Oper Berlin for more than 30 years. He had been a member of Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft (DTHG) since 1973 and served as Chair of OISTAT Technology commission from 1976 to 1994. In 1992 he was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz, the merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. We have lost a brilliant mind and a beautiful soul who touched the lives of many individuals during his time with us. OISTAT community extents our deepest condolences to honorary Prof. Rudolf Kück’s family, friends and colleagues. He will be truly missed.

DTHG honorary member Professor

Rudolf Kück


OISTAT 2016 FINANCIAL REPORT Overview of 2016 Total Expenditure: € 120,542 Total Income: € 145,795 Balance: € 25,253

OISTAT's expenses vary from year to year. There are years of projects where expenses are greater, and years where projects and expenses are less.


EXPENSE BREAKDOWN Salary & Professional fee Office Expense General Operating Expenses Meeting Expenses Project & Activities

€ 57,562 €23,341 €9,016 €12,674 €17,949

Ministry of Culture (Taiwan) subsidy Membership Fees Other Income






€17,585 €9,162




Meetings & Events

February 13-18, 2017

Executive Committee Meeting

May 25-27, 2017

OISTAT Technology Meeting

July 1-9, 2017

World Stage Design 2017

July 1, 2017 during World Stage Design 2017

Executive Committee Meeting

July 3-4, 2017 during World Stage Design 2017

OISTAT World Congress/ Election

July 5-6, 2017 during World Stage Design 2017

OISTAT Architecture Meeting OISTAT Performance Design Meeting OISTAT Publication & Communication Meeting OISTAT Education Meeting OISTAT Technology Meeting OISTAT Research Meeting

October 5-9, 2017

Executive Committee/ Governing Board Meeting

Locations Gurugram, India Novi Sad, Serbia Taipei, Taiwan Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei, Taiwan

Budapest, Hungary



OISTAT Centres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

Austria Belgium Brazil Bulgaria Canada China Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Egypt Finland France Georgia Germany Hong Kong Hungary Japan The Netherlands The Philippines Poland Portugal Russia Serbia Slovak Republic

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Spain Sweden Taiwan Turkey UK UK USA

OETHG|Österreichische Theatertechnische Gesellschaft Austrian Association for Theater Technics STEPP|Steunpunt voor de Producerende, Ontwerpende, en Technische krachten van de brede culturele sector ABrIC|Assocìação Brasìleìra de Ilumìnação Cênìca UBA|Bulgarian OISTAT Center CITT/ICTS|Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology/l'Institut canadien des technologies scénographiques Chinese Institute of Stage Design CYCSTAT|CYPRUS CENTRE OF SCENOGRAPHERS, THEATRE ARCHITECTS AND TECHNICIANS ČOSDAT|Czech OISTAT Centre DS|Danske Scenografer ESTTC|The Egyptian Scenographers & Theatre Technicians Centre Finnish OISTAT Centre|Suomen OISTAT-keskus UDS|Union des Scénographes YTA UNION|VALERIAN GUNIA UNION OF YOUNG THEATRE ARTISTS DTHG|Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft HKATTS|Hong Kong Association of Theatre Technicians and Scenographers Hungarian OISTAT Center OISTAT Japan Center VPT|Vereniging voor Podiumtechnologie PATDAT|Philippine Association of Theatre Designers and Technicians Polish Centre of OISTAT|Polskie Centrum OISTAT APCEN|Associação Portuguesa de Cenografia Russian OISTAT Centre SCEN|Centre for Scene Design, Architecture and Techonology PRO SCENA|SLOVENSKÁ SCÉNOGRAFICKÁ SPOLOČNOSŤ, obćianske združenie profesionálnych scénografov a technikov Association OISTAT Spain STTF|Svensk Teaterteknisk Förening TATT|Taiwan Association of Theatre Technology STD|Selimehatuncamii sk. 32/3 Ayaspasa - Taksim ABTT|Association of British Theatre Technicians SBTD|Society of British Theatre Designers USITT|United States Institute for Theatre Technology

Associate Members 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21

Argentina Australia Belgium Belgium Belgium Brazil China India Japan Kazakhstan Mexico The Netherlands The Netherlands The Philippines Russia Russia Taiwan UK USA USA USA

INDEES|Instituto de Estudios Escenográficos en Artes Escénicas y Audiovisuales The University of Melbourne RITS Erasmus Hogeschool Brussel ShowTex theatrEurope Espaço Cenográfico Golden Sea Professional Equipment Limited Swayambhu Foundation PaCPA Pacific Creators for the Performing Arts T.K. Zhurgenov Kazakh National Academy of Arts Escuela Nacional de Arte Teatral Theateradvies bv HKU University of the Arts De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Burakova Art Workshop, Ltd A.A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum Linfair Engineering Group Guildhall School of Music and Drama Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama Syracuse Scenery & Stage Lighting Auburn University Department of Theatre



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Argentina Australia Australia Bangladesh Bangladesh Brazil Brazil Chile Croatia Cuba Georgia Greece Greece Greece Greece Greece Ireland Italy Italy Kuwait Malaysia Mexico The Netherlands New Zealand New Zealand Nigeria Nigeria Nigeria Norway The Philippines Portugal

Marcelo Jaureguiberry Richard Roberts Cornelis (Casey) Van Sebille Mohammad Jasim Uddin Faiz Zahir Doris Rollemberg Flor Dias Claudia Suarez Ivana Bakal JosĂŠ Antonio Prades Hung Ketevan Shavgulidze Ioanna Manoledaki Paris Mexis Sofia Pantouvaki Emmanouela Vogiatzaki-Krukowski Evangelia (Lila) Karakosta Sabine Dargent Federico Tesio Umberto Di Nino Abdullah H. A. J. Al-Ghaith Mac Chan MĂłnica Raya Yaron Abulafia Dorita Hannah Tolis Papazoglou Olukayode Abiodun Abe Femi Majekodunmi Adeshina Vincent Ayodele Christina Lindgren Rolando M. de Leon Flavio Tirone

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Portugal Russia Singapore Singapore South Africa South Korea Spain Taiwan Tunisia UK UK USA USA USA USA USA USA USA

Jose Manuel Castanheira Vladimir Avdeev Ping Lu Tommy Wong Illka Louw Taesup Lee José Luis Ferrera Esteban Chan Chun Huang Mahdi Troudi Margaret Lam Symon Macintyre Stephen Jones Randy Earle Thomas C. Umfrid Chrisi Karvonides -Dushenko Susan Mickey Michael Ramsaur Kevin Rigdon


Join OISTAT OISTAT currently has Centre Members, Associate Members, and Individual Members in more than 50 countries. Members come together to exchange ideas, encourage innovations and promote international collaborations through meetings, conferences or projects. Members are invited to participate in OISTAT international meetings, workshops, presentations and projects with a goal of sharing information, networking, collaborating and shaping the global theatre community. For more information on becoming a member of OISTAT, please visit us at or email us at

International Organisation of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians President|Louis Janssen Executive Committee|Duncan Chang, Aby Cohen, Bert Determann, Michael Ramsaur, Marina Raytchinova, Miljana Zeković, Sean Crowley Governing Board|Romana Bosković, Markéta Fantová, Tim Foster, William Kenyon, Carl Walling, David Wilmore General Manager|Wan-Jung Wei HQ Team Members|Cynthia Chiang, Szu-Yun Yu, Wei-Ping Chen Graphic Design|Min-Han Chang Photo Contributors|Flor Dias, Bert Determann, Carl Ivinger, Cynthia Chiang, Frida Nilsson, Luned Evans, Marc Thomas, Milan Bureš, National Taichung Theater, Ollie Edwards, Tiina Hauta-aho, Wan-Jung Wei, Wei-Ping Chen, Yu-quan Lin OISTAT is supported by Ministry of Culture Taiwan

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Highlights of OISTAT 2016 annual meetings, conferences, and many more wonderful activities! Check out OISTAT website for more future events:...