World Stage Design is delighted to announce the launch of The 11th OISTAT Theatre Architecture Competition 2022. This is an in­ternational ideas competition, aimed at students and emerg­ing architecture practitioners, and is organised by the Architecture Commission of OISTAT (International Organisation of Scenographers, The­atre Architects and Technicians).

World Stage Design is a major international theatre design exhibit and event, which takes place every four years under the auspices of OISTAT. Winning entries will be exhibited at World Stage Design 2022, to be held at The University of Calgary, Canada from August 6-16th, 2022.

The entry fee for the competition is $60 USD per entry and prize money will be awarded to winning entries as follows:

first prize                               $5,000 USD

second prize                          $2,500 USD

third prize                              $1,000 USD

3 additional prizes                $500 USD each

Competition Theme 

The challenge of the competition is to design an adaptable outdoor performance space for a beautiful site at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, on the edge of the Rocky Mountains, 100km to the west of Calgary.

This is an ideas competition and there is no intention to build the winning entry but prize winners will have the opportunity to visit and participate in the World Stage Design event in Calgary. Collaborations between architects and other theatre practitioners such as directors, designers, technicians, actors, dancers, musicians, or students of those fields will be welcomed. The closing date for the competition is 30th April 2022.

The design brief, terms and conditions and drawings and photographs of the site can be downloaded below.

TAC Questions & Answers

Q: Can a TAC entry have multiple team members?

A: Yes.

Q: Do the trees on the sides of the stage have to be taken into consideration?

A: The trees should be considered, but the loss of existing trees is possible. Please note that respect for the qualities of the site and the landscape will be a consideration.  

Q: Applicants are asked to design a new structure that will extend the summer season. Should the suggested design be on the existing amphitheater or can the new covered theater be relocated to the surrounding landscape?

A: The existing amphitheater does not have to be retained. Although, please keep in mind that the location is part of the brief. Respect for the qualities of the site and the landscape will be a consideration.