Organized by IUGTE in collaboration 

IUGTE Conferenc banner

Theatre - Dance - Music - Visual & Multimedia Art - Arts Administration - Performing Arts Training - Theatre Design & Technology

July 26-29, 2021

"Performing Arts Between Tradition and Contemporaneity" 

is the annual international multidisciplinary conference exploring 

the bridge 

between the "traditional" and the "contemporary" in performing arts. 

The conference meeting is highly recommended to performing arts practitioners and researchers from different countries and disciplines 
who are interested in the practical research of how traditional methods are or can be applied to the contemporary performing arts works! 

Participants of the conference can be: 
performing arts academics, arts educators and teachers, performers of various genres and techniques, theatre directors, dancers and choreographers, arts administrators and producers, musicians, stage designers, costume designers, mask makers, multimedia artists, scriptwriters, playwrights, theatre critics, arts journalists and artists who are interested in sharing, creating and exchanging with like-minded professionals from around the globe! 
The conference offers a unique opportunity: 

- to exchange experience and share ideas in contemporary performing arts education and training, rehearsal processes, performance practices;
- to become familiar with diverse methods and techniques in contemporary performing arts inspired by the world traditional heritage;
- in a short amount of time get an introduction to the most up-to-date performing arts topics, techniques and practices; 
- to meet colleagues from all over the world, establish new contacts and lay the foundation for future networking and collaboration in a multicultural and multilingual artistic environment.

The program includes practical workshops and seminars, performances and works-in-progress, photo and video presentations, interactive lectures, research papers, discussions and more events. 

The conference working language is English.

IUGTE Conference Program

Practical workshop by theatre director and teacher, Sergei Ostrenko (Russia).Read more...

Interactive conversation by Adriana Dominguez - Assistant Professor and Director of Theatre Programs at UTEP 
and Jay Stratton - a professional actor, director, and Assistant Professor at UTEP.

Lecture by Stephanie M. Hart - PhD student of Theatre and Performance of the Americas at Arizona State University (USA). 

Work in progress and a workshop by Shalaka Kulkarni - Indian Classical dancer based in Chicago, IL (USA).  Read more...

Alcoholism: A brief deconstruction of my Dad’s death.

Performance by Mike Savuica - a producer, director, actor (Romania) and Sorin Gongu - producer, performer (Romania). 

Donne Forti 
Presentation of the findings of a study of two arts organizations started by a strong collective of women; ODC in San Francisco, CA, USA and Renaissance Theaterworks in Milwaukee, WI.,USA. Presented by Deborah Leamy - Instructor in Performing Arts at Elon University (USA).  Read more...

Musical Scene Study on Film: A Multi-Media Lecture exploring the Marriage of a Traditional and Contemporary Artform
Interactive Workshop by Tom Alsip - Director of Musical Theatre, Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire (USA). Read more...

Technology & Theatre: collaboration or confrontation
Workshop by Anna Demidova - director, producer and coach, based in Moscow, Russia and Liudmila Burysheva - a dancer, a choreographer and a teacher, born in Moscow, Russia.

Interactive lecture by  Eric Hinton - Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Susquehanna University, and Michael Thomas Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Susquehanna University and Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at Freie Universität Berlin,  Germany. Read more...

Registration information

To start the application process, please fill in the online Application Form
If you have questions about this program, please contact

​Early Bird* Registration
Registration fee

For Individual Participants

300 EUR

350 EUR 

For Individual Observers
250 EUR

300 EUR 

For Students* Participants
(under 27 years)

175 EUR
225 EUR

For Students Observers
(under 27 years)

150 EUR

200 EUR
*The fee covers participation in all events of the conference program. 
*Registration fee increases periodically as the dates of the conference approach. 
*Student ID card must be presented.
Group discounts: For groups of five or more people there are special group rates, contact us for more details. 
Please, note, that group is formed on a competitive basis.


Students can receive the Certificate of Participation in this Conference upon submitting the detailed creative report/essay (1500 words) after participation in this intensive workshop. 

IUGTE Conference 2019


The accommodation for the participants can be organized at the guest house of the beautiful 13th century Laubegg Castle
situated in an 
idyllic setting south of Graz, in Styria region, "Green Heart" of Austria. 

Everything is organized on the same territory: creative space and full board accommodation, so that participants can concentrate on creation and communication without any distractions of the routine necessities.

The official arrival day is July 26 from 13:00.
The conference opening begins at 19:00.
The departure day is July 29 at 9:00.

IUGTE Staff will be happy to help you with planning your travel itinerary, information on accommodation options and practical details!


"The IUGTE Conference was an incredible opportunity to connect with like-minded colleagues from all over the world. Through IUGTE, I have made many valuable contacts for continuing my work, and I have made lifetime friendships with other artists". 
Laura Wayth, USA

"The December IUGTE Conference in Leibnitz was a wonderful experience!  Perhaps the best theatre conference I have ever participated in – wonderful colleagues and stimulating presentations and performances.  Thank you and congratulations to the IUGTE."
Art Horowitz, USA

"We attended the IUGTE conference in Carrara where 31 countries assembled to explore art, theatre, music, dance. We presented our Butterfly interactive study to a very enthusiastic group of artists, academics and students. I was honoured to be a part of this conference and I’d like to thank the IUGTE organizers for an excellently run event and manifesting such a rich celebration of art and culture." 
Gwenyth Dobie, Canada

"Great company, contacts, learned scholars, innovative research, lovely venue, a vibrant sensorial mix combined with a great amount of laughter...
Just perfect for the soul!
It was a complete pleasure to meet you all."
Lisa Adams-Davey, UK

"It was such a pleasure to participate and meet so many amazing people. Congratulations on a most successful conference."
Greg Mitchell, USA

"I'm so lucky to have a chance to attend this extremely marvelous conference, and get to know so many incredibly talented artists like you all!" 
Phoenix Tsailuan Chang, Taiwan

"Thanks for bringing together
such talented, intelligent
and generous souls."
Carrie Ann Quinn, USA

"It was a pleasure to have met many sincere and talented performers, artists and educators all over the world". 
Rina Angela Corpus, Philippines

"This conference opened for me a new level of of looking upon the way of conecting between the theatre tradition and contemporary ways of performing arts. It offered a great overwiev on the theatrical world and different possibilities how we can create a real theatrical space full of truth...IUGTE Conference is an international place, where people, who really love arts came to share their ideas and passion for their art work".
Janka Fedešová, Slovakia

"Thank you to all the speakers, really interesting talks and topic being explored."
Eileen Mc Clory, Ireland
"IUGTE Conference is a perfect platform to link up people who work in the performance industry from different cultures. Theatre people are always very generous and are ready to share with other people about their own culture and always welcome people from other cultures to share their own...As we can see in IUGTE Conference, the participants use up every minute to talk about their culture and ask questions about others’ culture. Everyone is so enthusiastic. This exchange is valuable and should never stop"
Kady Cheung Cheuk-Ki,
Hong Kong

"The exchange that became important to create something new, this is what I was breathing during the four days; this have been a wonderful opportunity for artists, educators, teachers and designers. I hope it's the beginning of a series of meetings and collaborations..."
Sandra Ventarelli, Italy

"The conference organized by IUGTE provided the space and opportunity for creative dialogue and exchange that for me are fundamental elements and the essence of contemporary art making. Thank you for organizing an excellent conference. I was very happy to experience very special moments..."
Daniela Gatti, Brazil

"I felt as though I gained a huge insight into other areas of drama, dance, performing arts, and experience. The different viewpoints regarding the arts and work ethic demonstrate different techniques in acting and training. This opened my mind up to different possibilities and caused me to brainstorm ways that I could apply the work from the conference to shape my training and career in the future".
Youngsuck Kim, USA

"This was a fantastic experience that allowed me to meet many people from different countries and to be able to communicate with them and learn the aspects of their cultures. This experience was very valuable, and not only artistically, but also in terms of relationships with other participants. All the people were very helpful and ready to share their experiences and knowledge..."
Sonia Ravenna, Italy

"This shared enthusiasm for creativity and collaboration created a congenial atmosphere, facilitating an open exchange of ideas, new friendships and paving the way for future research and development of collaborative productions. Some of my new found colleagues and I discussed joint ventures even before leaving the conference" 
Amy Drake, USA

"IUGTE's conference was very well organized and operated on highly professional level, giving oppotunity to the artisting practitioners and as well as academics" 
Sheila Gordon, USA

"I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and feel I gain a huge insight into other areas of dance, performing arts and experience. I feel I developed both as an individual and as a member of my company, and have made some invaluable contacts along the way. I was very inspired by the diversity of people who attended"
Rebecca Price, UK

"The opportunities to be a part of international conference was really grateful choice for demonstrate different techniques in acting. For me as a teacher was this practical training the best chance to get together theory and practice". 
Katarina Misikova, Slovakia

"This event aligned directly with the mission of IUGTE, in that it effectively made the bridge between continents that much smaller, and in turn, produced multicultural dialogues that enlightened and informed participants with new knowledge, both practical and perceived"
Andrew Carroll, USA

"This experience was very precious, and not only artistically but also with regards to relationships with the other participants. Finding yourself in front of so many people coming from different backgrounds and with different artistic experiences helps to see theatre as a realty which is always changing and creating new expressive channels"
Giuseppe Perez, Italy

"The Conference provided me with a new understanding of different training programs in different aspects of theatre and performance from all over the world. The other wonderful part about the conference that went beyond my expectations was the people I met from all over the world, all of them brilliant artists"
Anya Gibian, USA

"This was a fantastic experience as I feel that in just a week I’ve learnt so much. I brought a lot of knowledge back to my country and I’ll make sure to use it in the best way possible"
Anthea Xuereb, Malta

"The different viewpoints on the arts, on work ethic, on training, all opened my mind to different possibilities for how to use the work from the conference and how to shape my training and career in the future. While I plan to share what I learned with the students at my university and grow an interest in physical theatre there, this conference has given me a professional network of artists with related interests that I may create with in the future". 
Alex Elliott, USA