Open Call for Dramaturgy Creative Lab Residential

10 March 2022

Dramaturgy in Outdoor Work

Open call to attend creative lab residential workshops

3-day residential workshop exploring the principles of Dramaturgy: What is it and how can it be usefully applied to the making of outdoor work?

Dramaturgy in Outdoor Work is a new creative lab residential for the outdoor arts, presented by Without Walls and 101 Outdoor Arts

Led and facilitated by Dramaturg Lou Cope, it will aim to: demystify the concept of dramaturgy, explore how thinking dramaturgically can open up and clarify both process and product, and apply this thinking directly to the work of the participants. Claire Raftery, co-Artistic Director of Periplum, will join Lou to contribute her perspectives on balancing the aspirations of thinking dramaturgically with the realities of making outdoor work.

Participants will:

  • Attend a small-group zoom meeting with Lou before the course
  • Attend a 3-day residential course
  • Attend a small-group zoom meeting with Lou after the course

About the programme

Location: Hosted at 101 Outdoor Arts, 101 Outdoor Arts
National Centre for Arts in Public Space, Greenham Business Park, Newbury RG19 6HN

Dates: Wednesday 11th – Friday 13th May 2022

Residential Course Outline

Day 1 – Introduction to dramaturgy as a way of thinking about making work
Day 2 – Exploring the potential dramaturgies of outdoor work
Day 3 – Applying dramaturgical thinking to your own work and practice

The event is subsidised by Without Walls and 101, and will be free to participants and inclusive of accommodation and food provided on-site at 101 Outdoor Arts. Additionally, a travel bursary will be available to support the cost of attendance.

Find more information on access at 101 Outdoor Arts’ space, as well as COVID-19 guidance on 101 Outdoor Arts’ website.

How to Apply

Who is this programme for?

  • Artists new to the outdoor arts sector, looking for more clarity around this important topic.
  • Experienced outdoor artists who are looking to engage in conversations on this topic.
  • Writers, performers, directors, and producers for the outdoor arts sector.

How to apply

If you are interested in joining, please see 101 Outdoor Arts’ website to find the short application form. Deadline for completion of this form is Midday, Friday 1st April.

We are interested in attracting a diversity of voices and particularly welcome applications from individuals that are currently under-represented in the sector. If you would like to receive this information in another format, have any questions or would like to speak to somebody about your application, please contact


Featured image: 451 by Periplum. Image: Ray Gibson.

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