Teaching scenography in Greece

Academic advisor: Lila Karakosta
Research team: Dimitra Giovani (PhD candidate), Panayiota Konstantinakou (PhD), Ioulia Pipinia (deputy academic advisor)

February 2020-October 2021

The research project studies the as yet unexplored field of theatre design education in Greece during the years of its implementation on a professional level (1958-1976). It focuses on the practice of institutions such as the Athens School of Fine Arts, the private Athens Technological Organization (headed by architect and urban planner C.A. Doxiadis, the Vakalo School (the first Greek School of Applied Arts headed by the Paris educated stage designer Georges Vakalo, still in operation today as Vakalo Art & Design College) as well as on the scenography courses taught at the Schools of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

The research project aims to outline the as yet unknown practical and theoretical parametres of the theatre design education landscape during the years 1958-1976, using tools of diverse disciplines (Theatre Studies, History of Art, Sciences of Education). It will explore issues as the aesthetic theories, pedagogic principles and teaching methodologies underlying the teaching process, as well as the content and organization of studies or the assessment methods. Furthermore, it will record the people involved (teaching staff, students).

The major scientific impact of the research project bears on the interweaving of theory and practice that lies in the heart of artistic creation and characterises the teaching of the arts.

The research project is implemented through the Operational Program “Human Resources Development, Education and Lifelong Learning 2014-2020” and is co-financed by the European Union (European Social Fund) and Greek national funds.

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