World Stage Design (WSD) is the first and only designer-based exhibition to showcase and celebrate performance design from individual designers. Held every four years, WSD has now travelled to four cities, Toronto, Canada (2005); Seoul, South Korea (2009); Cardiff, Wales, UK (2013); Taipei, Taiwan (2017) and Calgary, Alberta (2022).
The fifth World Stage Design was held on the campus of the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, from August 6 to 16, 2022, in conjunction with CITT/ICTS Annual Conference Rendez-vous 2022.
WSD is an extraordinary international festival that includes exhibitions, performances, workshops, and lectures by professional designers and will provide attendees and participants with an outstanding opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in theatrical design and performance. WSD events are attended by enthusiastic theatrical practitioners, architects, technicians, educators, students, and theatregoers from across the globe.
WSD is an OISTAT event that is comprised of 4 distinct components that are presented simultaneously:
- International Design Exhibition and Competition
- Theatre Architecture Competition (TAC)
- Technical Invention Prize (TIP)
Learn more about WSD2022: Visit the WSD 2022 website.
The Exhibition will divide into the following categories for both Professional and Emerging Designers:
- Performance Design
- Space Design
- Set Design, Sound Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design, Projection Design
Click here to see the Professional and the Emerging Exhibitions 2022 Shortlists and Winners.
The WSD Planning Committee would like to acknowledge achievement in three specific areas. Each designer will be asked to identify if they feel their work should be identified in the following:
Indigenous Design for Performance
The designer may choose to have their work identified for special mention as Indigenous Design for Performance if they identify as an Indigenous Artist as defined by Unesco.
EcoScenography and/or Sustainable Design
The designer may choose to have their work identified for special mention as EcoScenography and/or sustainable design. Please indicate your reasons for seeing your work in this category of specialization.
Mixed Reality Scenography and Design
The designer may choose to have their work identified for special mention as mixed reality scenography which could include AR/VR/MR and other digital contexts. Please indicate your reasons for seeing your work in this category of specialization.
WSD 2022 - The Three Sisters
Located near Canmore, Alberta, between UCalgary and Banff National Park, is a mountain known as the Three Sisters. The mountain is known for its three peaks and is a significant landmark to the area with stories and the name originating with the Stoney Nakoda First Nation. This mountain has served as an inspiration for our thinking around World Stage Design writ large and small. WSD is a multi-summit event, like the Three Sisters.
Through our discernment of priorities for this event, the planning committee has been inspired by landscape of the region. While travelling from Banff to Calgary, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains and looking onto the prairie unfolding before us, we crafted our three sisters of Scenofest. These sisters are individual peaks but also closely connected as they share a singular base, and extend from the same piece of earth. Like the base of the Three Sisters mountain, the coming together of our Three Sisters will be a fertile and lively place.
More information about Scenofest here.