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24th June 2021

Department of Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media

University of York

Baird Lane, Heslington East, York, UK


creative opportunity

digital innovation

RSC Dream - Key Note Speakers

Sarah Ellis - RSC Director of Development 

Professor Jonathan Freeman, Goldsmiths, University of London


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?


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.   Presentations will be live or pre-recorded, and accepted formats include mini-lectures (with PowerPoint or Prezi), performances, short films, installations, VR and interactive experiences. 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?


Presentations on other topics will be considered as well, but priority will be given to those that fit the theme.


Proposals are 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


Date of Virtual Symposium: 24th June 2021.    Deadline for submissions: SUBMISSION CLOSED.

Any questions? Feel free to contact us at tfti-pg-symposium@york.ac.uk or check this website for updates.