ITEAC ’23 Australia – An in-person symposium celebrating Australian theatre architecture and the launch of ITEAC 2023

Celebrate the launch of the 2023 International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (ITEAC) with a special, in-person symposium on Australian theatre architecture in Brisbane, Australia.

Tuesday, 19 September 2023

QUT Kelvin Grove, Z9 Creative Industries Precinct, Level 5
RSVP: by 11:30pm Thursday 14 September, with dietary requirements.
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About ITEAC International

ITEAC is the leading international gathering for those involved in conceiving, imagining, or making the places in which we experience performance. Created to promote discussion, learning and best practice, this conference exists to help avoid mistakes in the design and specification of performance spaces.

ITEAC aims to be an inclusive and welcoming space, not only for those engaged in the design and construction of performance spaces – architects, consultants and engineers, as well as acousticians, technicians, owners and contractors – but also for those who create the art; those for whom the spaces must work and whose needs must be understood.

ITEAC 23 will consider three themes driving dramatic change in theatre practice and theatre space:

  • Environmental Sustainability
  • The Digital Revolution
  • Serving Communities

Presented only once every four years – and for the first time ever in Australia in 2023 – make sure you don’t miss the most diverse and internationally informed conference in the last twenty years.

ITEAC’23 in Australia

ITEAC’23 will be the first truly international ITEAC conference, linking the three main hubs in London, Bogota and Paris and smaller sites in various other countries around the world. You can engage remotely through the online collection of ITEAC ’23 segments and presentations, engage in a hybrid mode via the live-streamed keynotes. The final way to engage is in-person at an ITEAC hub.

Brisbane is the Australian home of ITEAC ’23, and will celebrate the launch of the international conference with a one-day symposium combining talks and presentations on Australian theatre architecture. Professor Wesley Enoch AM (Indigenous Chair in the QUT Creative Industries) will open the event with a special welcome address

In-person sessions include:

The Sustainability of Renewal with Schuler Shook’s Jim Hultquist 
This panel will explore how renewing instead of replacing a theatre venue can promote sustainability in a variety of ways. We will be focusing on three areas: environmental, social, and promotion of sustainability within a construction and theatre redevelopment context. The panel includes Richard Coulson – Director (Cox Architecture), Phil Gardiner – Principal Director (WSP Australia), and James Wheeler – Director, Technical and Production (Sydney Theatre Company) who will each speak to their experiences related to sustainable theatre redevelopment. 

The Launch of the Theatre Green Book Australia with Grace Nye-Butler and Chris Mercer
Written in & used by an extensive collection of UK and international theatres, The Theatre Green Book has brought together theatre-makers and sustainability experts to create a common standard for making theatre sustainably. Now, the Theatre Green Book is coming to Australia. Grace Nye-Butler and Chris Mercer share the Theatre Green Book Australia, and proudly launch this free resource to help theatre venues, companies and makers work more sustainably. The Theatre Green Book Australia is a resource to address the unique nature and environmental challenges of creating theatre in Australia while aligning with an international best practice framework.
Creating a gathering place where stories are shared – with Charcoalblue’s Erin Shepherd and Julian Messer.
A conversation with Julian Messer and Erin Shepherd from global Theatre and Acoustic consultancy Charcoalblue about the challenges and opportunities of designing flexible, community-focused art centres that truly cater to all.
Celebrating new and renewed Australian theatres – with Blight Rayner Architecture and ARM Architecture
A showcase of new and renewed Australian theatres that play with the tensions between honouring heritage architecture and the evolving needs of the artistic, local and international community. Jayson Blight shares about the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in New Performing Arts Venue (NPAV), while Andrew Hayne and Mark Raggatt detail the extensive renewal of the world’s most recognisable theatres – The Sydney Opera House.


Jim Hultquist  Andrew Hayne Mark Raggatt Jayson Blight
Erin Shepherd Julian Messer Grace Nye-Butler Chris Mercer


Eventbrite link

As well as in-person panels and discussions, ticket purchase provides access to the full online collection of ITEAC 2023 materials. This includes interviews, discussions, project reviews, case studies and more from theatre architects, educators and designers from London, Paris, Bogota, Tokyo, Taipei, and more. Special Australian segments available in the online collection include interviews with the Sydney Opera House Renewal team ARM Architects, SOH, Theatreplan, as well as Blight-Rayner, COX Architects, and more.

Connect to the global theatre engineering and architecture community.

By purchasing a ticket to the in-person Brisbane event, you will automatically have full access to the online collection of ITEAC ’23 segments and presentations (normally £150)

If you cannot attend in Brisbane but wish to connect with ITEAC, visit the main site for the conference at to learn how to engage remotely.

Brisbane in September

If you are travelling to Brisbane for this event, consider other events happening at this time, including:

  • Brisbane Festival 1-23 September. Brisbane Festival lights up the city in a blaze of colour and arts performances and experiences that celebrate the city.
  • Australian Performing Arts Forum (APAF), 13-15 September. APAF is a biennial gathering for the national performing arts sector, including organisations and independents from theatre, dance, circus, and other live art forms.


Quest apartments at Kelvin Grove are a short walk from the venue. Mention you are attending the ITEAC conference to be given a special QUT offer.



10am – Welcome, tea & coffee, registration

10:30am – Acknowledgement of Country and welcome

10:45am – Official welcome address by Professor Wesley Enoch AM (Indigenous Chair in the QUT Creative Industries)

11:00-12:00pm – SESSION 1 Sustainability in Renewal run by Schuler Shook’s Jim Hultquist.

12-1pm – The Theatre Green Book Australia Launch with Chris Mercer and Grace Nye-Butler

1-2pm – Lunch (Catered)

2-3pm – SESSION 2 Celebrating new and renewed Australian theatres w/ Blight Rayner Architecture and ARM Architecture 

3-3:30pm – break, afternoon tea

3:30-4:30pm – SESSION 3 Creating a gathering place where stories are shared, with Charcoalblue’s Erin Shepherd & Julian Messer

4:30-5pm – End-of-day remarks.

5pm – Break

6pm – Official Launch of ITEAC’23 and Opening Keynote (live streamed from London (6:15pm start))

7:15pm – Activities conclude

7:30pm – Optional: Brisbane Festival/La Boite Theatre production


Location: Z9, QUT Kelvin Grove Campus, Brisbane [link to map]
Start Date: 19/09/2023 [add to calendar]
Start Time: 10:00am
End Date: 19/09/2023
End Time: 7.15pm
RSVP By: Tuesday 12th of September 2023
Cost: All tickets provide access to the full online collection of ITEAC 2023 conference segments and presentations. $100 Full Day Access (includes lunch, afternoon tea and coffee). 50% discount available for QUT Staff. Limited tickets will be made available to QUT Students (ticket allows access to panel discussions only) *Eventbrite fees and charges not included in ticket price.
Organiser: QUT Design Lab
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