An OISTAT Centre should include and support the work of members from
scenography, theatre architecture, technology, education, history and
theory, and publications and related fields. Some Centres will
not support the work of members in all of these theatre
disciplines. In this case there may be more than one OISTAT
Centre in a country or region. Pre-existing organisations that
meet these criteria should seek membership as an OISTAT Centre.
- An OISTAT Centre can nominate one of their members as a candidate
for president, the executive committee, the chairmanship of
a commission or working group, and/or a voting delegate to the OISTAT
- An OISTAT Centre can appoint a voting-delegate to each of the Commissions and Working Groups.
- Members of OISTAT Centres are also members of OISTAT.
- OISTAT Centre members can participate in OISTAT activities as
delegates to Commission meetings, be nominated for positions on the
Executive Committee, be appointed by their Centre as its voting
delegate to the OISTAT Congress, or attend any OISTAT events, including
Commission meetings, Congresses, exhibitions, and seminars.
- OISTAT Centre members can be elected to chair a Commission or Working Group (Costume, Lighting, and Sound Design).
- OISTAT Centre members can submit designs for inclusion in an OISTAT sponsored Exhibition.
- OISTAT Centre members can be a presenter at a Congress, Commission meeting or at Scenofest.
Centres where there is active participation in OISTAT activities by
its members gain an acknowledged place on international forums and
their members gain information and opportunities to interact, network,
and work with colleagues from throughout the world.
- OISTAT activities provide Centre members with the opportunity to
compare methodologies, practices, regulations, and techniques with
those of other cultures, traditions, regions, and
technologies. Centres are encouraged to announce their
activities to all OISTAT members.
Centres are called upon to regularly host Commission, Governing Board
or Executive Committee meetings. These meetings provide the
Centre with the opportunity to draw upon the expertise of their
professional guests to provide seminars or discussions on topics of
particular interest to their own audience.
All Centre activities are enriched by the Centre’s participation with other Centres, through OISTAT.
- An OISTAT Centre, as an organisation, should be legally registered, preferably as an association, in its country.
An OISTAT Centre will form a democratic structure with all officers
and representatives offering themselves for re-election on a regular
basis and in such a manner as may be deemed suitable by their
An OISTAT Centre should be comprised of members of the different
disciplines within OISTAT, and will elect or appoint delegates to
participate in the work of the OISTAT Commissions.
An OISTAT Centre will hold regular meetings of its members.
An OISTAT Centre should enter into agreements of friendship,
co-operation and co-ordination with other national and international
organisations belonging to the same or related disciplines.
When there is more than one organisation in a country:
There may be more than one OISTAT Centre in a country. However,
since the purpose of OISTAT is to foster communication between
scenographers, theatre technicians, architects and others working in
the technical disciplines of live theatre, it is the aim of OISTAT that
these professions be supported by one or more OISTAT Centres.
APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP
- Existing or newly formed organisations working in one or more
disciplines may apply to become Candidate Members of OISTAT by
presenting their application in writing to the Executive Committee and
confirming their acceptance of, and adherence to, the OISTAT Statutes.
- The Executive Committee will assess whether persons in that
country who are active within the disciplines of OISTAT can, under the
articles of association of that organisation, freely become members of
- The Executive Committee will assess the ability of
that organisation to host international meetings (see Statutes).
- The Governing Board may grant a successful applicant Candidate status.
- Unsuccessful applicant Centres may appeal directly to the subsequent Congress.
- The Congress will determine the success of a candidate’s application for membership.
- The Congress shall decide whether a Candidate Centre will be granted permanent membership.