PQ Studio

PQ Studio follows Scenofest (2003, 2007, 2011) and SpaceLab (2015) to present a wide-ranging program that showcases the work of emerging performance creators while hosting a broad professional development program, including workshops, masterclasses, portfolio reviews, critiques, and a performance festival. Organized around 3 major programming strands (The Festival, Workshops and Masterclasses, and the Common Design Project), PQ Studio seeks to connect industry leading professionals with emerging designers, giving young artists a platform to hone their craft, develop strong practices, and have their voices heard.

Curated by Patrick Du Wors
PQ Studio: Festival co-curated by Michal Lázňovský

PQ Studio is possible through a long-standing, strong partnership with The Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts Prague (DAMU).

Workshops and Masterclasses

Workshops and Masterclasses will give an opportunity for emerging designers, young artists, and those interested in expanding their craft to learn from the international gathering of industry leading practitioners attending PQ 2019. These include explorations across all design disciplines (including set/space, sound, lighting, costume, projection, experience) as well as intensives in technical skills, stage management, and arts administration.

The first 5 days of the series will consist of multi-day, results oriented intensives in which participants work with established artists to produce an experience to be shared with the wider PQ audience at the Industrial Palace. These experiences, whether performative or an installation, will showcase the imagination of young artists and explore the breadth of possibilities presented by design for performance.

The remaining 4 days will follow a more traditional form and consist of shorter masterclasses that explore more narrowly defined aspects of performance design through discussions, lectures, and active participation. Leaders for all workshops and masterclasses will be selected through an open call.

PQ Studio: Results Driven Workshops

Devising the Collaborative Imagination
Expansive Listening an eco-materialist approach to devising spatial designs
Material Interactions: A Journey in Movement
Nomadic Bodies of Light in Public 
Plica Ex Plica
Spatial Dramaturgies. Interdisciplinry Macbeth
The Hidden Lives of Spaces: Site-based Performance Ecology
The Quest – Performing with the Ghost
Transcending Boundaries and Amplifying Identity with Giant Puppets
Scaling-up! Transfer Your Production from the Studio to a Larger Theatre
Transforming Space with Illuminated Sculpture

PQ Studio: Results Driven Workshops is part of EMERGENCE. From shared experience to new creativity. Living Heritage/Reframing Memory.


The Festival in association with Zlomvaz Festival will present performances in DAMU’s DISK Theatre and Řetízek Studio as well as additional site-specific performances and installations that are conceived and created with students as the driving creative force, offering the opportunity for emerging performance creators to have their work on an international stage and receive feedback from industry leading practitioners.

The Open Call for  Festival was closed on 30 June 2018.

PQ Studio: Festival is part of EMERGENCE. From shared experience to new creativity. Living Heritage/Reframing Memory.

Common Design Project

The Common Design Project was originally conceived by Pamela Howard and had a major presence at the 2003 (A Lear for Our Time) and 2007 (The Birds) editions of PQ. The project returns with the international community of design for performance courses invited to set a selected text as a studio design project (conceived for any type of theatre, whether traditional proscenium, small and immersive spaces, found space projects, etc…) that encourages students and emerging designers to explore Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarry through their own lens by considering approaches meaningful to a contemporary audience. Design courses will be invited to submit one project for consideration to bring their work to Prague for a joint display and to have their concepts critiqued by leading practitioner.

The Open Call & Participation Guidelines for Common Project is published now! The deadline for the project is on 31 January 2019.