Translation, Adaptation and Dramaturgy

Previously known as Page to Stage, the Translation, Adaptation and Dramaturgy (TAD) working group was founded in Lisbon in 2009. It exits to facilitate a long-term interdisciplinary, transcultural collaboration, discussion and exchange. It meets annually and welcomes new members.

Mission Statement

Translation, Adaptation and Dramaturgy (TAD) is an interdisciplinary Working Group whose members research within the respective fields of theatre translation, adaptation and dramaturgy and, more interestingly, at the intersections of those, combining interests in the local and the global, historical and contemporary, text and performance, theory and practice, critical theory, cultural studies, ethics, politics and aesthetics. The group works towards both individual and shared outputs and involves short and long-term collaborations, as well as an ongoing commitment to rigour, curiosity and new ideas.

Papers (up to 3000 words) are pre-circulated four weeks before the conference, followed by brief (up to 10 minutes) verbal presentations at the conference to ensure time for discussion and exchange.

Individual conveners serve for four years, and are elected according to the IFTR guidelines, biannually.


Work Plan 2017-2020

Having published an edited collection in 2017, the group is using the intervening period to consolidate new interests, renew membership and explore new topics for discussion. A new collection of articles is in development (to be edited by Bernadette Cochrane and Ann-Christine Simke). This will collate a number of previously sourced submissions under the newly defined thematic focus on politics, and additional contributions will be sourced through a Call for Papers to be published in 2019-2020.


Conference Reports

Shanghai 2019 - Thirteen papers were pre-circulated and presented, including three from new members on the topic of Chinese theatre. (Nineteen abstracts had been submitted and eighteen acceptances made; five members were prevented from attending due to personal circumstances). There was ample time for discussion within sessions. The annual general meeting of the group featured an update on the book collection, exchange of information about potential networking throughout the year and future plans for the group. One of the conveners is about to step down in 2019-2020 so there will be a new election. Following previous intersections with the Arabic Theatre Working Group and the Theatre Architecture Working Group, we hope to curate a shared panel next year with either Queer Futures or Political Performance group.

Belgrade 2018 - The conference topic of migration landed itself well to the group. There were fourteen papers pre-circulated and presented at the conference, roughly half of which spoke directly to the conference theme. Other topics in addition included imagination and dramaturgy, medicine and dramaturgy and violence and adaptation.

Sao Paolo 2017 - We were a relatively small group this year, with 9 people delivering papers. A tenth paper was submitted, but its author did not appear for his panel. Other conference delegates, including past and new TAD members, also attended sessions. As occurred last year, papers were circulated among members in advance in order to maximize the opportunity for discussion of those papers. Because of the small-ish number of attendees, the convenors chose not to sponsor a TAD panel among the conference’s General Panels – in order not to dilute engagement within the TAD sessions. We marked the publication of the latest TAD publication: O’Toole, Emer, Andrea Pelegrí Kristíc, and Stuart Young, eds. Ethical Exchanges: Translation, Adaptation, Dramaturgy. Leiden and Boston: Brill Rodopi, 2017.




O'Toole, Emer; Pelegri Kristić, Andrea; Young Stuart (2017) Ethical Exchanges in Translation, Adaptation and Dramaturgy, (Leiden: Brill Rodopi).

Cochrane, Bernadette and Kurt Taroff. (2011) “Mediations and Correlations.” Special Issue of Journal of Adaptation in Film & Performance, Vol 4 (3).


Duška Radosavljević, (2018-2022)

Katja Krebs, (2016-2020)


Previous Conveners

Katja Krebs (2016 – 2020)

Stuart Young (2013 - 2017)

Bernadette Cochrane (2010-2014)

Kurt Taroff (2009-2013)

IFTR 2019 - Translation, Adaptation Dramaturgy WG, CFP

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