Bertolt Brecht:
Contradictions as a method

8th – 10th November 2019
An international symposium presented by DAMU and The S Word.
Legacy and the live tradition: acting, directing, thinking...

Call for proposal

DAMU and The S Word present a symposium on the theatrical legacy of Bertolt Brecht, one of the most influential personalities of 20th century theatre and his relationship to Konstantin Stanislavsky.

Under the auspices of Jan Hančil, rector of AMU, and the minister of Education of The Czech Republic, the symposium will bring together scholars and theatre practitioners; explore Brecht's influence on the work of directors and acting teachers, and the relationship between Brecht and Stanislavsky; trace the influences on the approach to directing theatre in various countries, to playwriting and consider Brecht's politics and theatre as highly social art. A comparison with Stanislavsky's approach to theatre training, the development of modern theatre directing, and dramatic, alternative and authorial theatre will also be explored.

Guest speakers, paper presentations, workshops and panel debates will take place in three focus areas:

Brecht, his legacy and modern theatre practice will examine Bertolt Brecht's influence in the fields of theatre directing, modern stagecraft, scenography and playwriting and his continuing impact on the modern theatre.

Brecht, Stanislavski and the actor focusing on comparison and aspects of actor training and the actor's work as reflected in the brechtian and stanislavskian traditions. We will explore new developments and interpretations in each of these and their influence and impact on contemporary state of the art psychology, neuroscience and theatre studies.

Brecht's Theatre practice and criticism (historical and theoretical background and new research achievements).

We now invite proposals for the following:

  • paper presentations (20 minutes)
  • workshops (40 minutes)
  • panel presentations of a minimum of 3 speakers (60 minutes)

Online booking HERE.

Submissions must be received by 1st September 2019.

Registration fee:

  • Early Bird Registration (before 6th September): £150
  • Standard Registration Fee : £200
  • Members of SCUDD, ATHE and FDS: £150
  • Concessions (including students, unemployed, pensioners): £100

The payment details HERE.

Selected papers from this event will be published in a special edition of the journal Stanislavski Studies (Taylor & Francis) in Autumn 2020.

For further details contact please Prof. Paul Fryer (