One thing led to another; in 2019 Andrea and Mona connected over their passion for developing Ecostage. Inspired by the conversation, Andrea facilitated a session on Future Thinking in Design at Prague Quadrennial (PQ19), hosted by The Society of British Theatre Designers (SBTD), introducing Ecostage’s ethos to international practitioners.
An animated, designer-led roundtable discussion on sustainability took place in 2020 during SBTD’s Staging Places exhibition at the V&A in London. An important catalyst for a number of new collaborations and initiatives, Ecostage and its offer of shared objectives was a central part of that discussion. As a result, Paul and Ruth joined the Ecostage team. As the initiative progressed, Hannah Myers, Laura Sedgwick and Serena Treppiedi joined to develop the website content and social media.
As Ecostage, we conducted a survey which demonstrated that a great many of our peers wanted, like us, to make work sustainably. This directly informed our development, showing that Ecostage could be the go-to place to meet a number of needs in our sector: support in getting started, practical know-how, inspiring case studies, unified ecological thinking, a shared statement of intent, and a way to make a public commitment.
Ecostage continues to evolve as we grow and learn together.