Mr Scott Palmer
Lecturer in Scenography & Deputy Head of School
0113 343 8734
1.07 PCI stage@leeds building
Deputy Head of School with over 20 years of teaching experience in Higher Education in performance, design and technical theatre. Through a combination of research, teaching and engagement with external professional partners, Scott continues to contribute to the international emergence of scenography as an intellectual discipline within the academy. He is co-convenor of the International Federation for Theatre Research Scenography Working Group. His most recent publication Light: Readings in Theatre Practice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) explores how light has influenced staging practices throughout history and provides a range of new perspectives on the use of light as a creative performance practice.
Scott’s teaching and research focus on scenography, immersive theatrical environments and the interaction between technology and performance. He collaborated on the AHRC-funded Projecting Performance project with Sita Popat and KMA Creative Technology (2006-08). Performance outcomes from this work include the interactive kinetic light installation, Dancing in the Streets, (York 2005,) and experimental productions; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2007) and The Shakespeare Project (2008) also with Popat and KMA. This work has contributed to the scenography for DV8 Physical Theatre’s recent International production To Be Straight With You. Recent public performance work with final year undergraduates has focused on immersive and environmental theatre practices resulting in Pandora’s Box (2009), Dream/Play (2010), Just Before Dawn (2011), All About Eve (2011) Into the Dark (2012) and an environmental aerial adaptation based on Blood Wedding (2013).
Scott has also been part of the AHRC/EPSRC funded Emergent Objects – designing the technological interface through performance research. This project formed part of the Designing for the 21st Century initiative drawing on performance knowledge to explore and articulate the emergent nature of the interface between technological object and human that is fundamental to the development of new design thinking and practices.
Scott is an Executive member of the Association of Lighting Designers and his monograph Light: Readings in Theatre Practice published by Palgrave Macmillan (2013) explores how light has influenced staging practices throughout history, its impact on the experience of the audience and its potential as a creative scenographic element.
Immersive and Environmental Performance
Interactions between technology and performance
Scott has contributed to international debate in the emerging field of scenographic study including IFTR Scenography working group, OISTAT Education and History and Theory commissions, and a public presentation at the Prague Quadrennial in 2007. His most recent publication Light : Readings in Theatre Practice presents historical and contemporary material that explores the creative potential of light and new ways of thinking about lighting as a creative performance practice.
He is a member of Staging China, an international practice-led research network
Recent Teaching includes
BA Optional Modules & Elective Modules: PECI 3106 Performance Project (module manager)
PECI 2507 Modernism & Postmodernism in Performance
PECI 2405 Theatre, Performance & Technology
BA Performance Design:
PECI 1401 Elements of Scenography (module leader)
PECI 3401 Scenographic Scheme (module leader)
Deputy Head of School of Performance & Cultural Industries
Lecturer in Scenography (Lighting & Projection)
(2013) Light : Readings in Theatre Practice. Readers in Theatre Practice. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
(2000) Essential Guide to Stage Management, Lighting & Sound. Hodder & Stoughton.
(2012) “The beginning of modern stage lighting design: Edward Gordon Craig and the May 1900 production of Dido and Aeneas”, Focus. February/March 2012
(2009) “(Re)searching through play: play as a framework and methodology for collaborative design processes”, International Journal of Arts and Technology. 2.1-2: 5-21.
(2008) “Embodied Interfaces: Dancing wih Digital Sprites”, Digital Creativity. 19.2: 1-13.
(2008) “Dancing in the Streets - a design case study”, Interactions (New York). XV.3: 55-59.
(2007) “Dancing in the Streets: The sensuous manifold as a concept for designing experience”, International Journal of Performance Art and Digital Media. 2.3: 297-314.
(2006) “Book Review- 'Theatre, Performance & Technology; The Development of Scenography in the Twentieth Century'”, Theatre Research International. 31.03: 324-325.
(2005) “Creating common ground: dialogues between performance and digital technologies”, International Journal of Performance Art and Digital Media. 1.1: 47-65.
(2004) “Josef Svoboda - Inspiration from the Past”, Focus. : 4-6.
(2002) “So You Want to be a Lighting Designer? A National Qualifications Overview”, Focus.
(2011) “Space”, In: Pitches J; Popat S (eds.) Performance Perspectives: A Critical Introduction. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 52-87
(2010) “Dancing in the Streets; The Sensuous Manifold as a Concept for Designing Experience”, In: Collins; Nisbet J; A (eds.) Theatre and Performance Design - A Reader in Scenography. 1st. Routledge.
(2009) “Dancing with Sprites and Robots: New Approaches to Collaboration between Dance and Digital Technologies”, In: Butterworth DJ; Wildschut L (eds.) Contemporary Choreography: A Critical Reader. Routledge.
(2006) “A Place to Play - Experimentation and Interactions Between Technology and Performance”, In: Oddey A; White C (eds.) The potentials of spaces : the theory and practice of scenography and performance. Bristol: Intellect. 105-118
(2003) “Making Light Work - lighting design in contemporary British theatre”, In: Hamon-Sirejols C; Surgers A (eds.) Theatre;espace sonore, espace visuel -Theatre: Sound Space, Visual Space. Presses Universitaires de Lyon. 267-276
(2001) “Virtual Light - Using Digital Technologies in the Process of Lighting Design”, In: Wierzchowska A (eds.) Tradition and Innovation in Theatre Design. Jagiellonian University, Cracow. 81-86
(2000) “Technology and Scenography - Teaching Lighting for Performance”, In: CIBSE (eds.) Lighting 2000. The Chameleon Press Ltd. 222-228
(2007) Dancing in the Streets. Proceedings: DUX07 3rd International Conference on Designing for User Experience, Chicago Novemeber 5th-7th 2007 DUX07 3rd International Conference on Designing for User Experience, Chicago Novemeber 5th-7th 2007.
(2007) A Full Innocence: The Paradox of Stillness in Movement. Proceedings: Computers in Art and Design Education (CADE) 2007 Computers in Art and Design Education (CADE) 2007.: 171-178.
(2007) Revealing the Wizard of Oz: Interrelationships between performer-dancer, performer-operator and digital sprite. Proceedings: International Symposium: Re-thinking Theory and Practice: International Symposium: Re-thinking Theory and Practice:.
(2006) Dancing in the Streets: Interactive play and digital performance. Proceedings: (re)Actor: 1st International Conference on Digital Live Art, Queen Mary's University, London 11/9/06 (re)Actor: 1st International Conference on Digital Live Art, Queen Mary's University, London 11/9/06.
(2006) Projecting Performance HCI. Proceedings: Engage HCI: The 1st International Symposium on Culture, Creativity and Interaction Design Engage HCI: The 1st International Symposium on Culture, Creativity and Interaction Design.
(2006) Dance and Interactive Scenography: Exploratory approaches to making performance with technology. Proceedings: Connectivity - 10th Biennial Symposium of Arts and Technology Connecticut College, New London, CT 06320 USA. Conf Proceedings.10: 125-136.
(2005) Collaborative Research Between Performers and Technologists. Proceedings: TaPRA Inaugural Conference, University of Manchester, September 8-10 2005 TaPRA Inaugural Conference, University of Manchester, September 8-10 2005.
(2000) Making Light Work - an Overview of the Lighting Designer's role in Contemporary British theatre. Proceedings: Theatre: Espace Sonore, Espace Visuel, Annual Conference of the International Federation for Theatre Research, Lyon 18-22 September 2000 Theatre: Espace Sonore, Espace Visuel, Annual Conference of the International Federation for Theatre Research, Lyon 18-22 September 2000.
just before dawn. Performance 11//2/11/0
Into the Dark. Performance 12//2/05/1
All About Eve. Performance 11//2/07/1
Dancing in the Streets (Installation). DVD 05//2/11/0
A Light in the Rhubarb Shed. 08//2/10/1
The Shakespeare Project. 08//2/07/0
A Midsummer Night's Dream. 07//2/15/0
Research Projects & Grants
2006-08 Co-I AHRC-funded Projecting Performance project with Sita Popat and KMA Creative Technology
2013 to present - Staging China, an international practice-led research network
Research Centres & Groups
Executive member (Education) of Association of Lighting Designers (ALD)
Co-convenor International Federation for Theatre Research Scenography Working Group
External Examiner University of Huddersfield BA (Hons) Technical Theatre
Consultant : National Council for Vocational Qualifications
Consultant/ Principal Examiner Edexcel, RSA & OCR Examination Boards (1994-2007)
External Examiner 2002-2007 Manchester University, Arden School of Theatre, Rose Bruford College
CLORE Leadership Forum, ‘Managing Capital Projects’
Specialist reviewer for a range of academic publishers
Peer reviewer IJPADM Scenography volume
Programming Panel member/Peer reviewer and Panel Chair, DRHA conference; New Communities of Knowledge and Practice, University of Cambridge, September 2008
Programming Panel member/Peer reviewer DRHA conference; Dynamic Networks of Knowledge and Practice: Contexts, Crises, Futures, University of Ulster – September 2009
Programming Panel member/Peer reviewer DRHA conference; Sensual Technologies: Collaborative Practice of Interdisciplinarity, Brunel University– September 2010
Peer Reviewer PSi#18 conference Performance :: Culture :: Industry – University of Leeds, June 2012
PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision
David Shearing – Audience immersion and the experience of scenography
Ghost Peloton (NVA & Phoenix Dance Theatre) Waides Yard, Leeds, May 2014
Blood Wedding – stage@leeds, December 2013
Into the Dark, stage@leeds, December 2012
All About Eve, stage@leeds, December 2011
Just Before Dawn, stage@leeds, May 2011
Dream/Play, stage@leeds, April 2010
Pandora’s Box, stage@leeds, March 2009
A Light in the Rhubarb Shed, (with McKechnie, K. and Opera North) Light Night, Leeds October 2008
The Shakespeare Project (with Popat, S. & KMA Creative Technology Ltd.), stage@leeds May 2008
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (with Popat, S & KMA Creative Technology Ltd.) Bretton Hall, March 2007
Eurodans. (with Popat, S, Butterworth, J), Project Arts Centre, Dublin, October, 2002Installation
Dancing in the Streets York, March 2005, Rome 2006, commissioned by York City Council as part of its urban regeneration initiative (in collaboration with KMA and Popat, S.) Featured in Shedroff, N. (2009)
Experience Design 1.1:a manifesto for the design of experiences pp.294-5 Experience Design Books ISBN 978-0-9822339-0-0