Mr Scott Palmer
Lecturer in Scenography
0113 343 8734
1.07 PCI stage@leeds building
Scott has over 20 years of teaching and management 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. His most recent monograph 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 is an associate editor of the Routledge Theatre & Performance Design journal and co-editor of the new Methuen/Bloomsbury Performance and Design series.
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,) [Film here] 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 devised 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) Blood Wedding (2013) and a one-on-one performance, The Dreaming (2015). He was involved with the creation of Ghost Peloton (NVA & Phoenix Dance Theatre) as part of the Grand Depart Yorkshire Festival in Leeds, May 2014
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. He is co-convenor of the International Federation for Theatre Research (FIRT/IFTR) Scenography Working Group and Associate Editor for the Routledge Journal of Theatre and Performance Design. His most recent article ‘A ‘choréographie’ of light and space: Adolphe Appia and the first scenographic turn’ was published in the first edition of this journal. It argues for a revision to established theatre histories and analyses the particular conditions that converged in Dresden to establish Appia as the first lighting designer and the evolution of modern theatre practice.
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 of practice-based research 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.
Recent Teaching includes
BA Core Compulsory Modules: PECI 1702 Performance Perspectives, PECI 3700 Independent Research Project,
BA Optional Modules & Elective Modules: PECI 3106 Performance Project (module manager) PECI 3107 Enterprise Project
PECI 2507 Modernism & Postmodernism in Performance (module manager)
PECI 2405 Theatre, Performance & Technology (module manager)
PECI 2104 Industry Study
BA Performance Design:
PECI 2405 Image-based Performance (module manager)
PECI 3401 Scenographic Scheme
Postgraduate Teaching Modules: Performance Design Praxis, Research Project, Individual Project
Scott has taken on a number of departmental roles. He was the undergraduate Programme Manager for Performance Design for over a decade, and Senior Management team roles of Director of Enterprise and Knowledge Transfer and Deputy Head of the School of Performance & Cultural Industries.
(2017) Scenography Expanded: contemporary perspectives on performance design. Performance and Design. London: Bloomsbury Methuen. (In preparation)
(2013) Light : Readings in Theatre Practice. Readers in Theatre Practice. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
(2000) Essential Guide to Stage Management, Lighting & Sound. Hodder & Stoughton.
(2015) “A ‘choréographie’ of light and space: Adolphe Appia and the first scenographic turn.”, Theatre and Performance Design. 1.1-2: 31-47.
DOI: 10.1080/23322551.2015.1024975, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/86263/
(2012) “The beginning of modern stage lighting design: Edward Gordon Craig and the May 1900 production of Dido and Aeneas”, Focus. February/March 2012
Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/74746/
(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.
DOI: 10.1504/IJART.2009.024054, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/79204/
(2008) “Dancing in the streets”, Interactions. 15.3: 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.
DOI: 10.1386/padm.2.3.297/1, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/76894/
(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.
DOI: 10.1386/padm.1.1.47/1, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/76895/
(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 J; Wildschut L (eds.) Contemporary Choreography: A Critical Reader. Routledge. 416-430
Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/80619/
(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
“Harnessing Shadows: A historical perspective on the role of darkness in the theatre”, In: Theatre in the Dark: Shadow, Gloom and Blackout in Contemporary Theatre. Methuen Engage. London: Bloomsbury Methuen. (In preparation)
“Light and Projection”, In: The Routledge Companion to Scenography. Abingdon: Routledge. (In preparation)
(2015) A glass of claret, sunflowers and a large pile of manure: Affective scenography and spaces of potentiality in Le Phun’s La Vengeance des Semis. TaPRA Theatre and Performance Research Association
(2014) Dark Matters: Layering of light and shadow in contemporary ‘immersive’ performance practice. IFTR Theatre & Stratification World Congress
(2013) Light and the Choreography of Space: the scenographic legacy of Adolphe Appia. FIRT/IFTR Re-Routing Performance
(2012) Luminous forms through space’ – Light, performance and the city.. PSi #18 Performance :: Culture :: Industry
(2011) Against Ghosts: Mixed Reality and Embodied Presence. Performance Studies international (PSi) #17 - Camillo 2.0 Technology, Memory, Performance
(2010) A Stage Beyond: Cultural Impact, Performance and Knowledge Exchange beyond the University Campus. On the University - [The Third] World Universities Forum
(2010) Extending and Disappearing Bodies: Performance in a Mixed Reality Paradigm. Digital Resources in the Humanities and Arts Sensual technologies: Collaborative Practices of Interdisciplinarity
(2007) Dancing in the Streets. Proceedings: DUX07 3rd International Conference on Designing for User Experience, Chicago November 5th-7th 2007 DUX07 3rd International Conference on Designing for User Experience, Chicago November 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:.
(2007) Projecting Performance @ Universal Voices. Proceedings: Universal Voices International Symposium Universal Voices International Symposium.
(2007) Projecting Performance: Embodied technologies for operator and performer. PSi #13 Proceedings: Performance Studies international #13 Performance Studies international #13.
(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.
(2005) Performing Technology: Explorations in Interactive Scenography. Proceedings: The Stage and the Visual Arts: Past, Present and Future, International Conference on Scenography, University of Amsterdam, May 11-15th 2005 The Stage and the Visual Arts: Past, Present and Future, International Conference on Scenography, University of Amsterdam, May 11-15th 2005.
(2004) Technology versus Performance - Destroying the Cohesiveness of Making Theatre?. Proceedings: Different Directions Conference - Scenography and Performance, Loughborough University, July 2-4 2004 Different Directions Conference - Scenography and Performance, Loughborough University, July 2-4 2004.
(2001) Virtual Light - using digital technologies in the process of lighting design. Proceedings: FIRT/IFTR International Conference on Scenography, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, 7-11 June 2001 FIRT/IFTR International Conference on Scenography, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, 7-11 June 2001. (Submitted)
(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.
Projecting Performance: Embodied Technologies for Operator and Performer. Performance Studies international #13
Digital Interfaces in Dance Performance Environments (panel). Digital Resources in the Humanities and Arts Proceedings: Yes
Projecting Performance - Practical Workshop. Theatre and Performance Research Association Proceedings: No
(2015) Ghost Peloton – A choreography of light. IFTR Scenography Working Group
(2012) The experience of light and the transformation of space. Contemporary Research in scenography symposium
(2012) Walk and You Will Find: Mapping and Performing (in) Rural Landscape. PSi #18 Performance :: Culture :: Industry
(2009) Projecting Presence in mixed-reality performance. Performing Presence
(2009) Dreams and Visions : Researching with Light. OISTAT Education/Theory Commission
(2008) Projecting Performance at CYNETart08 Post Me_New ID Forum.
(2008) DUET for EYES II: Moving with the Sprites Presentation Performance with SMARTLAB. ALT-C 2008: Rethinking the digital divide
(2008) Dancing Robots and Digitised Spaces. DigArt Symposium Proceedings: DigArt Symposium 2008 Aalborg University, Esjberg.
(2007) Playing with Light - Interactive projection and the performer/operator. Proceedings: Prague Quadrennial 2007 Prague Quadrennial 2007.
(2005) Teaching Scenography in a Research Environment. OISTAT International Symposium on Design for Performance and Interdisciplinarity in Theatre Education. London & Nottingham Trent Universities 29/11- 4/12 2005.
(2004) "Just Make It Magical", Lighting Design, Pedagogy and Practice. Proceedings: The Next Stage - the 1st ACTD Conference, Nottingham Trent University, Sep 8-9th 2004 The Next Stage - the 1st ACTD Conference, Nottingham Trent University, Sep 8-9th 2004.
Into the Dark. Performance 12//2/05/1
Ghost Peloton. Live performance 14//2/16/0
just before dawn. Performance 11//2/11/0
All About Eve. Performance 11//2/07/1
The Dreaming. 15//2/28/0
A Midsummer Night's Dream. 07//2/15/0
The Shakespeare Project. 08//2/07/0
A Light in the Rhubarb Shed. 08//2/10/1
Dancing in the Streets (Installation). DVD 05//2/11/0
Pandora's Box. 09//2/18/0
(2009) Dancing in the Streets (Case Study). Experience Design 1.1 – a manifesto for the design of user experiences. Experience Design Books. Experience Design 1.1 – a manifesto for the design of user experiences: 294-295.
AHRC Grant - Projecting Performance: dialogues between performer-dancer and performer-operator.
(2002) PQ2003 UK National Design Schools Exhibit Video Film. Video: VHS master held by Society of British Theatre Designers.
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: Royal Central School of Speech & Drama
External examiner for PhD and MRes theses in both UK and internationally
Consultant : National Council for Vocational Qualifications
Consultant/ Principal Examiner Edexcel, RSA & OCR Examination Boards (1994-2007)
External Examiner (BA undergraduate courses) at: Manchester University, Arden School of Theatre, Rose Bruford College, University of Huddersfield
External consultant on validation panels for a range of Higher Education Institutions and courses
CLORE Leadership Forum, ‘Managing Capital Projects’
Specialist reviewer for a range of academic publishers
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
Peer Reviewer for IFTR/FIRT Scenography Working Group
PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision
David Shearing – Audience immersion and the experience of scenography
Katherine Graham – Towards an Architectural Scenography of Light
Alison Andrews – Know your Place: Interrogating site specific performance as a transformative exchange between artists and audiences.
Kelli Zezulka – A language of light
Ghost Peloton (NVA & Phoenix Dance Theatre) Waides Yard, Leeds, May 2014
To Be Straight With You (DV8) – research workshops with KMA enabled development of projected scenography, World Tour 2007-2009
Eng-er-land (Phoenix Dance) Programme credit – contribution to projection developed with KMA, 2005-2008
A Light in the Rhubarb Shed, (with McKechnie, K. and Opera North) Light Night, Leeds October 2008
Undergraduate final year design-led environmental/immersive Performance Projects
The Dreaming – a one-on-one experience, stage@leeds, April 2015
Blood Wedding – an environmental aerial performance, 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
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