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World Stage Design is an OISTAT event held every four years that is comprised of four distinct components that are presented simultaneously: International Design Exhibition and Competition, Scenofest Conference, Theatre Architecture Competition (TAC), and Technical Invention Prize (TIP). 

At WSD2017 in Taipei, 168 designs from 35 countries were on display, and 121 performances of 35 different productions were presented selling 5,000 tickets. The conference included panels, keynote speakers, and workshops. WSD2017 hosted more than 15,000 visitors from 71 countries over 10 days, exchanging and sharing ideas. 

The WSD 2022 Organizing Committee is excited to be producing two compelling opportunities for theatre and architecture students to participate in workshops mentored by Pamela Howard and Jean-Guy Lecat.


The Toledo Panorama with Pamela Howard Workshop Aug 3-7, 2022. 

Twenty participants will be chosen to create a performative installation artwork based on El Greco’s Panorama.

Pamela had designed this devised artwork workshop for emerging designers and student participants; inspired by El Greco’s painting “The Plan and View of Toledo’ and writings from the period through today. The artwork will explore ‘the universality of displacement’, looking at immigration/refugees and how art gives the dispossessed the ability to triumph over their personal circumstances.

Known for her playful drawing techniques, Pamela will mentor students who will work in teams of two to apply her methods of image creation that synchronize colour, sound and word. Participants will paint, sketch and collage one section of a two-metre high by sixty-metre long assemblage diorama that will provide a continuous narrative about immigration, identity, events, and ancestry. Each team will be responsible for building an image that illustrates a part of the story, but they must also address transitions from the panels before and after, requiring highly collaborative skills. Simultaneously, digital composer Melike Ceylan will be rehearsing and building a score of music and sounds that will integrate with the visual storytelling.

The final presentation of the Toledo Panorama will be before an audience, presented as a ‘promenade concert’.


JULY 25, 2022 - Virtual (3 hours - Time to be confirmed)


AUGUST 3-7, 2022 - In-Person from 9:30 am - 5:30 pm (UTC-6). (Hours are subject to change)

PARTICIPATION: Twenty participants will be chosen for this workshop. Commitment to attending the entire workshop is required to be accepted as a  participant. All participants must register for WSD.  Registration information can be found here.

There is no fee required to apply for participation in this workshop.

If accepted into the workshop, the Workshop Fee is $25 CAD.

Accepted participants will be required to register for WSD 2022, and the workshop prior to July 29, 2022.

Application DEADLINE July 21st 2022 at 5 PM local Calgary time (UTC-6). 

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Troy Hourie, Living Legends Coordinator 


Pamela Howard - Biography

Pamela Howard OBE is a practicing director, scenographer, curator, educator and writer. Her  book What is Scenography? is now in 7 languages, 3rd edition, published  in 2019. Her most recent works include the creation of the original  Sing-Spiel, Charlotte –a Tri-Coloured Play with Music,  (Canada and Hong  Kong), a Public Arts Commission from Arts Dream Selsey to create a large scale Mural Out of the Ashes and an original music theatre Sing-Spiel, The Ballad of the Cosmo Café in the Insiders/Outsiders  Festival.  International Chair in Drama Royal Welsh College of Music and  Drama, Visiting Professor Arts University Bournemouth, Professor  Emeritus University of the Arts London, Honorary Fellow Hong Kong  Academy of Performing Arts. Most importantly, she was the creator of  Scenofest, which is embedded in both World Stage Design and the Prague Quadrennial.

The Scenofest Common Design Project is an initiative to bring design students around the world together to discuss their work with their peers and professional designers during Scenofest 2022. Applicants will create a design based on the script antigone lives*, a new play by Canadian playwright, Susanna Fournier.

antigone lives* will be part of Scenofest at WSD 2022 in Calgary, Canada and will include a hybrid (physical artifacts and digital) exhibit. Students and emerging designers are invited to participate in critical discussion with each other and with prominent international artists in a combined in-person and online format. The participants will have the chance to talk with the playwright of antigone lives* at the University of Calgary.

The Play and Design Challenge:

antigone lives* is a contemporary re-telling of Sophocles’ original play Antigone. Part rave, part family drama, the script moves between the personal and the political, from the dramatic to post-dramatic, defying convention. Fournier leaves space for daring interpretations and speaks in the language of contemporary young adults.

Designs should confront and give rise to the visual challenges found in this contemporary version of the famous ancient text of Sophocles. Students will present and compare their work with the work of their peers from around the world.

Who can participate:

Students and emerging designers from all areas of performance design (performance, set, costume, lighting, projection, and sound). You can participate as an individual designer or as part of a creative team.

How to participate:

1. To receive the script, register on the Smartsheet here.

2. Download the play with the password sent to you by the Scenofest Common Design Project team.

3. Upload your designs to the Submittable portal by July 15, 2022. ($25 USD fee for participation)

4. Plan to attend WSD and Scenofest in Calgary! Register here for the in-person or digital conference!

Please Note:

Those who wish to exhibit their work in-person are required to take responsibility for the delivery of their work to and from Calgary, and they are invited and encouraged to attend Scenofest. The cost of travelling to Calgary and transporting exhibits is the responsibility of the individual exhibitor. The exhibitor agreement will be available upon notification of acceptance to the competition.

World Stage Design 2022