Dr Tanja Beer is an ecological designer, community artist and Academic Fellow in Performance Design & Sustainability at the University of Melbourne (Australia). With more than 15 years professional experience, Tanja has created over 50 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 House, The Arts Centre) and oversees (including projects in London, Cardiff, Glasgow and Vienna). As a leader in ecological design practice, she has received numerous grants and awards including: an Asialink Residency (Australia Council for the Arts) with the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan); and a Norman Macgeorge Scholarship (Australia) with the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Julie’s Bicycle (London). Tanja has a PhD in Ecoscenography (Faculty for Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne), a Masters in Stage Design (KUG, Austria), a Graduate Diploma in Performance Making (VCA, Australia). Tanja has taught subjects in Scenography, Performance Making, Sustainable Production, Design Research, Ecological Design and Climate Change at numerous Universities in Australia and around the world. Her work was selected for the British contingent of the 2015 Prague Quadrennial and exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. 

Tanja’s latest projects seek to re-think traditional design practices and re-interpret materials to embrace the possibilities of ‘ecoscenography’ – a movement that integrates ecological principles into all stages of scenographic thinking and production. Currently based in Melbourne, Australia, her focus has been on developing and participating in ecological orientated projects. Her most celebrated project is The Living Stage (an ecoscenographic concept that combines stage design, permaculture and community engagement to create a recyclable, biodegradable and edible performance space) which has been realised in Castlemaine, Cardiff, Glasgow, Armidale and New York.

For more information about Tanja’s current practice in the area of ecological design see: http://ecoscenography.com

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