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Tanja Beer (Editor)
Dr Tanja Beer is an ecoscenographer, community artist, educator and researcher who is passionate about co-creating social gathering spaces that accentuate the interconnectedness of the more-than-human world. Originally trained as a performance designer and theatre maker, Tanja’s work increasingly crosses many disciplines, often collaborating with landscape architects, urban ecologists, horticulturists and placemakers to inspire communication and action on environmental issues. Tanja is currently completing her first monograph, Ecoscenography: An Introduction to Ecological Design for Performance (Palgrave MacMillan), and is a Senior Lecturer in Design at Griffith University, Australia.
Tanja’s most celebrated project is The Living Stage: a global initiative that combines stage design, horticulture and community engagement to create recyclable, biodegradable, biodiverse and edible event spaces. The Living Stage has been realised in Castlemaine, Cardiff, Glasgow, Armidale, New York and Melbourne and recently won a 2020 National Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture Award for its contribution to community. Tanja has more than 20 years professional experience, including creating over 60 designs for a variety of theatre companies and festivals in Australia (Sydney Opera House, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Queensland Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Arts Centre) and overseas (including projects in New York, Glasgow, Vienna, London, Cardiff and Tokyo). International projects have included a 2011 Asialink Residency (Australia Council for the Arts) with the Tokyo Institute of Technology and a residency with the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (London). In 2013, Tanja worked as ‘activist-in-residence’ at Julie’s Bicycle (London), and her work has been featured at the 2013 World Stage Design Congress (Cardiff) and the 2015 and 2019 Prague Quadrennials.
Tanja has a PhD in Ecoscenography (University of Melbourne), Masters in Stage Design (Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz, Austria) and a Graduate Diploma in Performance Making (Victorian College of the Arts, Australia). She was recently Academic Fellow in Performance Design & Sustainability at the Faculty for Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne where she taught subjects across Design Research, Expanded Scenography, Landscape Architecture and Sustainability. A passionate teacher and facilitator, Tanja has been a guest lecturer and speaker at performing arts schools and events in Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, the USA and UK. Her design work has been featured in The Age and The Guardian and can be viewed at www.tanjabeer.com. Her research interests include: arts-science communciation, regenerative place-making, children’s agency on environmental issues and the role that cultural institutions can play in the climate crisis.
Monique Roy (Assistant Editor)
As an emerging multidisciplinary artist, Monique Roy is heading into her final year of studies as a Bachelor of Fine Arts Technical Production student at the Queensland University of Technology. She is eager to explore diverse experimentation in alternative materials through interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaboration within the performing arts. Recent projects include:
- Upcoming guest editor for ASCENDING design’s October 2021 issue on emerging live performance designers
- Production Manager and Digital Scenographer for QUT’s Symbiocene 2021
- Co-Scenographer, Sound Designer and Head of Marketing for QUT’s Looking Through Glass 2020
Monique is invested in exploring holistic ways to connect spectators with introspective narratives through abstraction, interactivity and expanded ecoscenography. Her work is consistently drawn to events, sensory installations and experimental multi-media performances that align with my passion for community engagement, environmental sustainability and the involvement of the arts in STEM.