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24th June 2021
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creative opportunity & digital innovation

RSC Dream - Key Note Speakers
George Simons - RSC Producer 
Professor Jonathan Freeman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Department of Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media

University of York

Baird Lane, Heslington East, York, UK



After a period of great change, we are taking stock and considering the positives that have emerged from this challenging time. Work within the creative sector has become both more remote yet collaborative, live and digital. As we emerge into this blended world, how can we embrace change and foster creativity?

How do we break down the barriers to opportunity for both artists and the audience?

What part will digital innovation play in enabling a fairer future for all?

In addition to a great day of presentations from around the world, we are delighted to be joined by RSC Producer George Simons and Professor Jonathan Freeman from Goldsmiths, University of London for our keynote speech 'A digital Dream' and Q&A session. They will be discussing the creation of Dream, the RSC's interactive production, which was the highlight of spring 2021 and can be watched here.


The Department of Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media at the University of York has invited postgraduate researchers to submit proposals for virtual presentations at our online symposium. The theme of embracing change includes, but is not limited to, questions such as:


  • How has the move to online performance affected the theatre industry?

  • How have TV viewing habits changed in lockdown?

  • What role do the arts, live and digital, play in mental health & wellbeing?

  • How does the move to the digital affect a range of phenomena including social justice, inclusion and accessibility, environmental concerns, gender equality, pedagogy, and opportunities for international participation in events that were previously local?

Proposals were invited from postgraduates in areas including, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Film and Television

  • Theatre and Performance Studies

  • Interactive Media and Games

  • Sound design

  • Anthropology and Sociology

  • History

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