Summit Forum on the New Era of Theatre

----The Trends in Governance of Performing Arts Venues and Professional Development for Theatre Managers/Art Administrators/Artistic Talents

Supported by Council for Cultural Affairs, Taiwan
Organized by OISTAT (Tel: +886-02-7726-0088  Fax+886-02-7726-0808)
Co-organized by TATT, the Koo Foundation
Sponsored by the Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economic Affairs



About the Forum

In the coming 5 years, from the north to the south of Taiwan, there will be numerous world-class performing arts centers established, marking a great evolution on the infrastructure of theatre venues in Taiwan. However, the key for the enhancement of performing arts lies also in the professional development of those who working in the field. As the operation of these theatre venues will influence greatly the overall development of performing art and culture in Taiwan, OISTAT, with the support of CCA, thus organized the 2011 International Summit Forum on the New Era of Theatre to focus on this issue and form ideas.

By inviting the international theatre experts specialized on the organizational operation and the training of theatre professionals, together with the Taiwanese theatre professionals, this forum consists of a series of keynote speeches and panel discussions on the following subjects: trends in governance and management of theatres/performing arts venues, the professional development for the theatre mangers/creative talents and international arts festival as a vehicle for integration of resources. It provides a great opportunity to build up networking and facilitate the future exchange and cooperation among the theatre –related organizations from around the world.

OISTAT —International Organisation of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians is a worldwide organization established in
Prague in 1968. OISTAT maintains Official Relation with UNESCO by affiliation with ITI and OISTAT has always been an important platform of international exchange for the theatre artists from around the world. With the support of Council for Cultural Affairs, Taiwan, the OISTAT Headquarters has been relocated to Taipei since 2006. Ever since, the OISTAT Headquarters has been dedicated itself to enhance the international networking and facilitate cross-cultural cooperation among OISTAT members. The ‘2011 International Summit Forum’ invites international expert together with Taiwanese theatre professionals to share experiences and exchange ideas on the governance of performing arts venues and the development of theatre professionals, as well as promote the international networking in the age of globalization.

About the Keynote Speakers

It is a great pleasure to have John Faulkner (UK), International Cultural Consultant, David Dower (USA), and Associate Artistic Director of Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, and David Fishel (Australia), Director of Positive Solutions, as the keynote speakers of the forum. They will address lectures on the topics of operation policy of performing arts venue, the integration of arts resources, and the professional development for the creative talents, the technical and administrative managers. In addition, the members of OISTAT with specialties as theatre manager, curator of arts festival, theatre architect and scenographer, production manager, technical consultant and theatre educator, as well as the senior Taiwanese theatre professionals are also invited to the forum to share their valued experiences and perspectives with the participants.



Day 1 - November 18th, 2011 (Fri.

08:50-09:30 Registration

09:30-09:40 Opening Remark: Emile Chih-Jen Sheng/ Minister of Council for Cultural Affairs & Louis Janssen/ OISTAT President


09:40-10:40 Keynote Speech : The Visionary Future for the Theatre Venues in Taiwan

Keynote Speaker: Keng-Hsiu Hsu(


Taiwan)/ Director, the Third Department, Council for Cultural Affairs officer


10:40-11:00 Coffee Break


11:00-12:00 Keynote Speech II: Management and Skills in the 21st Century Theatre

Keynote Speaker: David Fishel (Australia) / Director, Positive Solutions


12:00-13:30 Lunch


13:30-15:00 Forum I: The Operation Policy, Organization Structure and Demands for Theatre Professionals of the Performing Arts Venues

Moderator: Yong-Ping Lee (Taiwan)/Chairman, Taipei Culture Foundation Chairman
Panelists :
John Faulkner (UK)/ International Cultural Consultant
Bert Determann(The Netherlands)/ Co-Director in charge of management, Rotterdam Drama Theatre
Maria Chiu (Taiwan)/ Deputy Director, National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center
Richard Chang (Taiwan)/ Director, Chiayi Performing Arts Center


15:00-15:20 Coffee Break


15:20-16:20 Keynote Speech III: From Regional Theater to National Center: Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

Keynote Speaker: David Dower (USA)/Associate Artistic Director, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater


16:20-16:40 Coffee Break


16:40-18:10 Forum : International Arts Festival as a Vehicle for Integration of Arts Resources and Training of Theatre Professionals

Moderator: Victoria Wang (Taiwan)/ Executive Director of Taipei Arts Festival
Panelists: Dorita Hannah (New Zealand)/ PQ Architecture Commissioner and Professor of Massey University
David Fishel (Australia)/ Director, Positive Solutions
Wei-Wen Chang (Taiwan)/ Executive Director, OISTAT
Heng Ping (
Taiwan)/ Artistic Director, Crown Arts Center and Dance Forum Taipei Dance Company 


Day 2 - November 19th, 2011 Sat.

09:00-09:40 Registration

09:40-10:40 Keynote Speech IV : Creating Cultural Champions ---A Project for a Creative Future

Keynote Speaker: John Faulkner (U.K.)/ International Cultural Consultant


10:40-11:00 Coffee Break


11:00-12:30 Forum : Profession Development for Creative Talents, Technical and Theatre Managers

Moderator: Ping-Ping Chin(Taiwan)/Chair, Department of Theatre Design and Technology, Taipei National University of Arts/Taiwan

Panelists : Marina Raytchinova (Bulgaria)/ Scenographer, Chair of OISTAT Education Commission

Ivo Kersmaekers (Belgium)/ Technical Director and Production Manager, Chair of OISTAT Technology Commission
David Dower (USA)/Associate Artistic Director, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater
Shih-Hsing Wang (Taiwan)/ President of Taiwan Association of Theatre Technology
Shu-Hwa Jung (Taiwan)/ Director of The Performing Arts Center, Taipei National University of Arts

12:30-14:00 Lunch

14:00-16:30 General Discussion among the participants and the general management of the performing arts complex in

16:30-17:30 Reception