Shifts in Practice

Shifts in Practice

Friday 25 June 2021  UK TIME: 14:00-16:00  LOCATION: Zoom  LANGUAGES: English, Spanish

SHIFT IN PRACTICE– a trend or a reality?

How have theatre & performance practitioners adapted, shifted and survived through the pandemic lockdowns?

Panelists: Lois Weaver, Shabari Rao and Bianca Mastrominico
Moderator: Elizabeth de Roza

DATE: Friday 25 June 2021

UK TIME: 14:00-16:00 – find your local time

LOCATION: Zoom – you will receive the zoom link once you have booked in

LANGUAGES: English, Spanish

Lois Weaver is an artist, activist, and Professor of Contemporary Performance at Queen Mary University of London. She has been a writer, director, and performer with Peggy Shaw and Split Britches since 1980. Her experiments in performance as a means of public engagement include Long Tables, Porch Sittings, Care Cafes, and her facilitating persona, Tammy WhyNot. Lois is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow and a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow for 2016-2019.

Shabari Rao is an artist, educator and researcher based in Bangalore, India. Her work focuses on the relationship between body, identity, and power, and takes the shape of performing, directing, teaching, writing, and more recently, experimental film and audio work. More details can be found at

Bianca Mastrominico is a performance maker, a writer/director and a pedagogue. She is co-artistic director of Organic Theatre, an international award-winning performance laboratory rooted in ongoing training and research for innovative practice and pedagogy, founded in 2002. Her work is process-led and exploratory, interdisciplinary and intercultural, moving across distinct performative forms and modes of performance creation. Bianca lectures on Performance, Devising and Theatre Laboratory practices at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, where she is also an associate member of the Centre for Communication, Cultural & Media Studies. Her current practice research focus is on somatic practices, collaborative creation and audience participation, both live and on digital.

MODERATOR: Elizabeth de Roza is an artist-scholar, performance maker, theatre director and actor-movement trainer. As a practising artist, Elizabeth’s works range from site-specific social engagement to cross-cultural/disciplinary performances and to intense black-box physical performances. She focuses on embodied experiences, thinking and practice through making, embodied cognition and cross-cultural performance at the intersections of both decolonial and feminist theories.