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Audiences First - Engaging Stages Network Launch

The Theatron Project becomes the Theatron Engaging Stages Network Europe. Why ‘Engaging Stages’? Because the network brings together European performing arts organisations who truly engage their audiences : who work closely with and for their communities to create relevant, thought-provoking and excellent artistic work. The network offers them a forum to develop best practice, exchange ideas, network, and launch joint projects. Join us for AUDIENCES FIRST - the network launch - to discover new insights, connect to like-minded creative leaders and explore the opportunities of the network.


Discover innovative examples of creative audience engagement from leading European houses.


Connect to creative leaders who work closely with and for their communities.


Receive our new book, a free e-course and 20% off the annual network subscription.


Become a member of the Engaging Stages Network to share and develop best practice.

What are Engaging Stages?

Here are some examples and testemonies about the work we do within Theatron and that we aim to continue on a broader scale in the Engaging Stages Network.

Want to know more about Engaging Stages?

The Theatron Engaging Stages Network Europe brings together European performing arts organisations who work closely with and for their audiences to create relevant, thought-provoking and excellent artistic work. We promote the title of ‘European Engaging Stage’ as a mark of excellence and distinction in creative audience development and community engagement. Interested in joining? Download our position document to learn more.

Get the Engaging Stages Reader

Engaging Stages is a new, hands-on guide for theatre-makers and creative leaders to inform and inspire strategic approaches to public engagement. Published by the Theatron Engaging Stages Network Europe, it contains 30 contributions and case studies from 17 leading performing arts organisations in 10 European countries, including Toneelhuis Antwerp (BE), HELLERAU European Center for the Arts Dresden (DE), Young Vic Theatre (UK), TR Warszawa (PL), Det Norske Teatret (NO), Bunker (SI), the European Commission and Clore Leadership Programme.

Engaging Stages presents and analyses the initiatives and research undertaken by European theatres, festivals and cultural organisations, covering a variety of approaches to audience development

Engaging Stages (€12.50, 222 pages, 229 x 152 mm, ISBN: 978-1-912264-00-1) is available for purchase online or to order via your local bookstore.


Here's an overview of our activities


Get Together Theatron Partners & Friends

Welcome for invited Theatron partners, associates and friends to discuss ideas, needs and visions. Preparation for day two and the launch.


Opificio Romaeuropa

Invited Guests Only


Theatron is a European project by performing arts organisations who aim to explore creative and innovative ways of engaging new audiences. It received co-funding under the European Culture Programme until mid-2017.


Theatron Dinner

Get together with Theatron partners, associates and friends to catch-up and enjoy some lovely food together. Location: ANGELINA IN TESTACCIO • Via Galvani, 24/a - Rome



Social Programme


Angelina Restaurant is located in the Testaccio district in Rome, near the old slaughterhouse, overlooking Monte dei cocci and the old market square on the sides.

Lars Seeberg

Beyond Theatron – Next Steps?

Discussion with Theatron partners, associates and friends how to proceed with our collaboration: what will the main activities of the Engaging Stages be? Who can join? What would be like to achieve? How will it be financed?


Opificio Romaeuropa


Lars Seeberg

Lars Seeberg is the director the Theatron network and the founder of see@rt where he advises theatres, multicultural venues and funding initiatives worldwide.

Engaging Stages Network Launch

Official Launch of the Theatron Engaging Stages Network Europe. Book launch of 'Engaging Stages - Best Practice in Creative Audience Engagement'.


Opificio Romaeuropa

Launch & Lunch

Engaging Stages Fair

Informal discussions about possible collaborations, projects, workshops and study visits within the network.


Opificio Romaeuropa


Akram Khan Company

Chotto Desh

Inspired by the international success of Desh, an autobiographical show with which Akram Khan opened the festival in 2012, Chotto Desh (Small homeland) is a daydream that between dance, music, text and video animations, recounts the most delicate phases of an individual’s growth, the relationship with their parents, and the search for their own identity.


Teatro Vascello


Akram Khan Company

The Akram Khan Company is one of the most innovative dance companies in the world. The programmes range from kathak and modern solos to artist-to-artist collaborations and ensemble productions.


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Here's an overview of the organisations that will participate in the event


Sadler’s Wells

London, United Kingdom


Kulturhuset Stadsteatern

Stockholm, Sweden


Fondazione Romaeuropa

Rome, Italy


Dublin Theatre Festival

Dublin, Ireland


Divadlo Archa

Prague, Czech Republic


Sheffield Theatres

Sheffield, United Kingdom


Mungo Park

Copenhagen, Denmark


Center for Audience Development

Berlin, Germany


DaVinci Institute

Brussels, Belgium


Theatron – Engaging • New • Audiences

Europe (Transnational Project)


Co-funded by the Culture Programme

European Union Culture 2007-2013 Scheme


This event is kindly hosted by Fondazione Romaeuropa

Opificio Romaeuropa

Via dei Magazzini Generali, 20/A
Roma, Italy

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Getting There

Fondazione Romaeuropa is an 8 minute walk from Roma Ostiense train station and a 10 minute walk from Piramide Metro Station (MEB/ MEB1).

Rome (IATAROM for all airports) has two main international airports:

See Wikitravel’s Get In for more Information

Hotel Recommendations

Here are some hotels in the neighbourhood that we can recommend.

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