ISTR holds a conference every year since its inception in 2007. The conferences take place in Ireland and abroad.

This year’s conference Conversations on Collaborations will take place at Waterford Institute of Technology on Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd April 2016.

Theatre facilitates polyphonic and dialogic collaborations across time, culture and artistic discipline and ISTRatWIT 2016 aims to create a forum for practitioners and researchers of all disciplines to explore and share ideas and practice that celebrate and bewail the joys and agonies of collaborative theatre ‘conversations’.

Participants are invited to contribute to a conversation that considers how acts of collaboration, initiated by performing arts practitioners and/or researchers, embrace and/or reject the idea of polyphonic co-creation and develop, question and disrupt national and international conversations. Abstracts considering collaborative approaches to theory; methodology; technology; meaning making; practice; performance; audience development, and teaching and learning are particularly welcome and, in the spirit of embracing the idea of a truly polyphonic conversation, the panel encourages participants to initiate new conversational threads in addition to those proposed here.

ISTRatWIT 2016 is open to performing arts practitioners and researchers from all countries; performers of all genres and techniques, theatre directors, musicians, theatre designers, playwrights, performing arts academics, arts educators and teachers, theatre critics, arts journalists etc. The organising panel invites proposals from scholars at all points in their career and especially encourages proposals from postgraduate researchers. Topics that might provide a springboard for the conversation in April 2016 include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaboration and innovation
  • Collaboration and the ‘practice turn’ – implications for drama, theatre and performance studies
  • Methodologies of collaboration
  • Cracks in collaboration
  • Community collaborations
  • Learning collaborations
  • Technological collaborations
  • Inter-cultural collaborations

PLEASE NOTE: Delegates are required to register with and become members of the Irish Society for Theatre Research. Application forms will be available prior to the event. Please contact the ISTRatWIT 2016 team by email at to submit abstract presentations or for further information.

Papers or performances at ISTRatWIT 2016 are strictly limited to twenty minutes per presentation. The deadline for abstract proposals (max. 250 words) is Monday 7thDecember, 2015. When sending your abstract please also include a brief biography (max. 150 words). Abstracts should be sent by email to Úna Kealy and Kate McCarthy

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SAVE THE DATE: Waterford Institute of Technology, in collaboration with the Irish Society for Theatre Research: Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd April 2016