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Andreas Skourtis

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Biography

A Greek-born London-based practicing architect and scenographer, I am founder and artistic director of Performing Architectures, a new company that creates real and virtual environments by designing, devising and producing scenography-led performances, installations, and buildings.

I studied architecture at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, drama at Theatre Lab in Thessaloniki, and hold an MA in Theatre Design / Scenography from Wimbledon College of Arts.

I am a lecturer in scenogrphy at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama since 2013, having previously taught at the Theatre Studies Faculty University of Peloponnese, and I often visit other universities and organisations for lectures and workshops, in the UK and abroad.

Through practice, research and teaching, I explore ways of using different spaces and architectures as scenographic tools in theatre and performance.

I often work as a scenographer/-initiator/-leader of performances or installations, sometimes inspired by biographical and every-day-life subjects. Theatres, abandoned buildings, urban outdoors locations and landscapes, homes and flats, a bar and my olive grove, are all spaces that I have explored and used in past projects.

Current projects include a ‘walking performance’ and a site-responsive performance/installation, using a bridge and a Victorian warehouse in London as scenographic metaphors.

I also collaborate with directors as a designer in theatre productions, investigating how to use a theatre building as a ‘found space’.

I designed the new studio theatre of Athens National Theatre, a flexible-retractable-transformable space that won a ‘Gold Medal for Best Work in Theatre Architecture and Performance Space’ at the Prague Quadrennial 2011.

I am a Fellow of Higher Education Academy and a professional member of the Architects Registration Board and the Society of British Theatre Designers.