International Conference Theatre Between Tradition & Contemporaneity
Performing Arts Training Today
Performing Arts Management Today
Fundraising for Arts and Cultural Organizations

December 17 - 21, 2013
Leitring bei Leibnitz, Austria

Performers, performing arts educators, teachers, artists, playwrights, theatre critics, journalists, theatre researchers, arts managers, arts administrators, arts management educators and consultants, arts entrepreneurs, fundraisers, producers, arts agents and talent managers from all over the world. 

The Conference offers a wonderful opportunity to meet potential collaborators and creative partners from different countries!

The conference working language is English.


Practical workshops, masterclasses, works-in-progress, performances, presentations, lectures, discussions: 

Please follow the news! The conference programme is being regularly updated. 


To apply for participation, candidates should send a cover letter briefly describing professional activity to 

The participation fee is 450 EUR. The fee covers participation in all events of the programme. 

Group Registration Discounts
We offer a discounted conference registration rate for groups of three or more people (300 EUR per person).

Student Registration Discounts
There is a discounted conference registration rate for students (150 EUR per person - student identity document must be presented).
For student groups of three or more people there is a special discounted registration rate (135 EUR per person).


To register for the Conference programme as an Observer, candidates should send a cover letter briefly describing professional activity to 

There are three payment options for Observers:
1) Observation of the whole programme of the Conference. The fee - 150 EUR.
2) Two-day programme attendance. The fee - 95 EUR.
3) One-day programme attendance. The fee - 65 EUR.


IUGTE can help participants to organize accommodation and meals


The official arrival day is Tuesday, December 17th from 13:00. 
The day of departure is Saturday, December 21st after breakfast (before 9:00). 

December 17th: 
From 13:00 - Group arrival and check-in.
17:45 - IUGTE Programme Coordinator meets the group. Short tour around Retzhof Castle.
18:00-19:00 - Dinner.
19:00-20:30 - IUGTE Conference opening, first meeting and introduction to the programme. 

December 18th, 19th and 20th:
Conference programme: practical workshops, presentations, works-in-progress, lectures and discussions. The conference programme will run full day with breaks for breakfast (8:00-9:00), lunch (12:00:13:00) and dinner (18:00-19:00). The registered conference delegates receive the detailed daily schedule.

December 21st: 
7:30-9:00 - Breakfast
9:00 - Check-out & departure.


"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

"The people I met there, lecturers but also participants, are for me the proofs of excellent examples working in the field of arts and their management. From this participation at the Conference I gained valuable contacts with many different persons in this world" 
Florentina Bratfanof, Romania

"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 Pere, 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

"Since the conference my energy, inspiration and confidence to be involved in performance has increased... This is a very positive outcome for me and I feel intrigued to learn more, to further develop my skills in performance, and I feel more confident and motivated to make something of my performance career". 
Jessica Nicholls, Australia