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International Stage Technology Conference

International Stage Technology Conference - Quick Facts:

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 11.30 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.
Palais am Funkturm
Thursday, 22 June 2017, 11 am – 3.30pm
Palais am Funkturm
Moderated panel discussion in German

  • Dipl. Ing. Arch. univ. Reinhold Daberto, Managing Director,
    theaterprojekte daberto + kollegen planungsgesellschaft mbH
Moderated Panel discussion in English

  • Dr. Michael Merschmeier, Publisher and Managing Director,
    Theaterverlag - Friedrich Berlin GmbH

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Hubert Eckart, Managing Director,
    Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft (DTHG)
  • Marc Grandmontagne, Managing Director,
    Deutscher Bühnenverein
  • Dipl. Ing. Architekt BDA Jörg Kümmel, Partner
    Müller-BBM GmbH
  • Horst Kunkel, Managing Director
    Kunkel Consulting International GmbH, Consultancy services for Theatres,
    Opera Houses and Stage technology
  • Rainer Münz, Consultant for cultural buildings
  • Beate Kahnert, Technical Director, Theater Freiburg

Confirmed speakers:

  • Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. Dipl.-Ing. Architekt BDA Meinhard von Gerkan, Founding Partner,
    gmp architekten von Gerkan, Marg & Partner
  • David Staples, Principal Consultant,
  • Andy Hayles, Partner and Co-Founder
  • Dipl.-Ing. Architekt BDA Jörg Kümmel, Partner,
    Müller-BBM GmbH
  • Dipl. Ing. Architekt Reinhold Daberto, Managing Director,
    theaterprojekte daberto + kollegen planungsgesellschaft mbH
  • Michail Bytschkow, Art Director and Founder,
    Theater Woronech
  • Geoff Wheel, Technical Director,
    Opera Dubai


“Theatre in Germany as a World Heritage Site: The Future as a Museum or as Theatre 4.0?

The panel discussion will debate the following questions:

  • Which strategies for refurbishing Germany’s theatres will determine the future?
  • Can buildings constructed over 100 years ago meet the challenges of the future?
  • How can the theatre of the future maintain its significant role in urban centres?


It's all about the process: architects, theatre consultants, operators - who manages cultural projects?

In 2017 the high-level International Stage Technology Conference organised by DTHG will dwell on the topic of ’Processes’. The topic addressess the following issues:

  • What influence does a theatre consultant have on the architectural design?
  • Which factors are instrumental in shaping a cultural project? The technology, the venue’s purpose, the architecture?
  • Which factors are able to optimise cooperation between architects, theatre consultants and operators with regard to time, costs and results?
  • How does the process, from the awarding of the contract to the handing over of the keys, compare on an international scale?

Simultaneous interpreting from German into English will be available.


  • 2.00 p.m.: Snacks
  • 3.00 p.m. : Guided tour through halls 20-23

Simultaneous interpreting from English into German will be available.