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New Journal: Theatre and Performance Design

Posted By Arnold Aronson, Columbia University, Theatre Program, School of the Arts, Friday, August 08, 2014

Theatre and Performance Design

General Call for Papers

The editors, Arnold Aronson and Jane Collins, and Routledge are pleased to announce the launch of a new journal devoted to the study of scenography.

Theatre & Performance Design is an international peer-reviewed journal publishing innovative artistic practice alongside theoretical research; the journal will critically evaluate the effect of scenography on the aesthetics and politics of performance and facilitate dialogue amongst practitioners, scholars and audience.
The journal will publish articles on all aspects of design for performance in the fields of:
 theatre
 opera
 dance
 music theatre
 site-specific, immersive and virtual theatres
 spatial design and architecture

In addition to peer-reviewed articles and visual essays the journal will engage with the practicalities of production by considering the impact of new materials, techniques, and technologies on the process and realisation of the performance event.

A key aim of Theatre and Performance Design is to foster dialogue among practitioners, scholars, researchers and the broader performance community. We would like the first issue in particular to reflect the aims and scope of the journal and to lay the groundwork for the future. We are interested in publishing articles that address the state of the art in theatre design and scenography globally and explore the challenges and questions the field faces in the 21st century. We welcome manifestos, examinations of contemporary paradigmatic or exemplary work, and re-examinations of historical productions or individuals. Reviews of performances from a scenographic perspective and publications which pertain to theatre and performance design in the broadest sense are also encouraged.

Submission Instructions
Theatre & Performance Design invites submissions for publication, commencing with its first issue in June 2015. Written articles should be between 5000 and 8000 words and reviews between 800 and 1500 words. Visual essays that reflect on process and evaluate methods will also be considered and should be of commensurate page length to the written articles. Supplemental material, including animations, movie files, sound files and text files, can be submitted for publication in the online edition of the journal. Submissions will be peer reviewed anonymously by at least two referees.

For further information on submissions email the editorial assistant, Claire Mokrauer-Madden (

Arnold Aronson & Jane Collins
August 2014

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