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Working Groups

Working Groups


Our Working Groups will shape the way we take SBTD forward alongside our Regional Hearts.

They have formed themselves in response to the roundtable conversations we held during our Staging Places residency at the V&A and reflect the core values and interests of active members.

They are a new starting point. 

We would love you to join in and help to shape them.

We may add more.

Some may grow into something else.

Some might only be needed for a relatively short time.

As a management committee we will be supporting what the working groups would like to achieve, representing the voices of designers, producing new resources and offering training opportunities.

Sustainable Design Working Group

Our aim is to make sure designers' voices are heard in industry–wide conversations around best practices, to explore creative ways to make performance design more environmentally sustainable and to make sure designers have access to the resources, knowledge and tools necessary. We believe ecologically-minded design is not just about reducing the environmental harm done by our sector but also a chance to push the performing arts in exciting new directions. 
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Education Group

Several SBTD members also work as design educators. This working group facilitates conversations between the Society and the Performance Design Education Collective (PDEC), the association representing BA and MA courses in performance design throughout the UK. Design educators who are not part of this network are also very welcome to join this group...
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New Collaborations

If you are a director, producer, digital artist, technician, maker or performer who is curious to meet more designers to explore building new collaborations through meeting, making and doing, this is the group we would love you to help us shape...
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Accessibility & Inclusive Aesthetics

We are advocating for the visibility, access and inclusivity of D/deaf and disabled audiences and practitioners, by exploring how new integrated design languages can be developed collaboratively....
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Designers Taking the Lead

Designers who instigate and develop their own work in which performance design is the lead component and/or lead their own companies and collectives are an integral part of SBTD’s membership. This group seeks to support those building their own projects via residencies, funding applications, festivals etc. and to advocate for the role of the designer in cultural leadership...
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Mentoring Group

We are here to inspire, motivate and encourage designers at all stages of their career to support one another via our mentoring programmes....
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Publications Group

This working group will be developing the way forward for Blue Pages, the Society’s journal and will actively engage in building professional development resources for our members....
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