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Backstage Utopias: Thinking Alternatively About Management at the Theatre – Tuesday 12 June 2018

12th June 2018 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm


Queen Mary University of London Artists’ Symposium

Backstage Utopias: Thinking Alternatively About Management at the Theatre

Mile End Campus, 11-5pm, Tuesday 12 June 2018

Theatre is a place that has many backstages.  Out of public view, backstage work is shaped by systems of management and structured by what takes place in other kinds of theatre spaces, such as the rehearsal room, the management office, the dressing-room, the funding institution, the gallery and the audition.

Recent events, such as the Weinstein scandal, the resignation of Emma Rice from the Globe Theatre, and public debates on the politics of casting in theatre and film, have made visible how backstage work is organised through systems of management that are structured by relations of power, economics and, sometimes, exploitation.

This day-long closed symposium asks how we might think differently. Who are the managers in the arts?  What are the histories of the manager? How might we create new or different management structures, in order to rethink the conditions of work at the theatre?  What other forms of hierarchy are possible or desirable?  Is management a job, a person or a system? How do management systems in the theatre relate to broader management cultures and practices? What is our backstage utopia?

Following our symposium on ‘Collaboration’ last year, we invite you to join us for a day of debate between academics, artists, producers, funders, and institutions.  The event will take place between 11-5pm on Tuesday June 12th at Queen Mary’s Mile End campus – participants are welcome to join us for all or part of the day. We will be providing lunch and a drinks reception and hope that you can join us to dream differently.



12th June 2018
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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School of English and Drama
020 7882 8910


Queen Mary University of London
327 Mile End Road
London, E1 4NS
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