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Teresa Hoskyns & Mat Churchill

Mat Churchill & Teresa Hoskyns began working together 20 years ago while Teresa was studying architecture at the Royal College of Art and Mat was creating shows and providing tented venues for UK festivals such as T in the Park and the V festivals.

Since then over 3 million people have attended events hosted in temporary venues created by them at sites from London’s Kensington Gardens to the Embarcadero in San Francisco.

They have established themselves as the leading team for design, build and management of sophisticated temporary performance spaces.

This collaboration between large scale event producer and architecture PHD brings unparalleled experience and a unique set of insights to events and venue designs in which they are involved.

Their perspective brings together audience experience, the needs of the production and complex technical requirements while at the same time balancing this with viability in terms of cost and installation logistics.

Over the years they have developed a network of partners whose expertise ranges from world class acoustic and engineering design to best in the business logistics and permitting support.

 

Biographies

Mat Churchill is a producer of theatre and live events who is recognised for his pioneering work combining theatre and visual storytelling. He has conceived, funded, and realised a wide range of productions over the last 20 years – from touring shows to outdoor and site-specific events.

In terms of temporary venues, he began producing cabaret format events for outdoor festivals in the early 90s in a tent bought from the London Bubble theatre and then moved to creating circus-theatre productions which he toured around the UK in the 90s. At 30 years old he received a call from Englands National Theatre asking him to tour a production of Oh What a Lovely War throughout the UK in a temporary venue he had co-designed with Teresa Hoskyns.

Following the National Theatre tour he founded the Theatre Tent, a company who have created tented venues for music and entertainment clients attended by over 3 million people to date.

In 2008, Churchill co-founded Three Sixty Entertainment where he served as CEO until 2011. During his time at ThreeSixty he conceived and produced the international theatrical hit Peter Pan. Blending the world’s first 360 degree surround CGI with live action, Peter Pan opened to critical acclaim and  toured internationally in its own purpose built temporary venue.

Churchill was instrumental in the development of Peter Pan’s 360 degree projection technology and worked closely with Teresa on the sophisticated touring theatre designed from scratch for the project. The show went on to become the second largest-selling show in London’s West End during the summer of 2009 and broke box office records in San Francisco and Orange County. It has now been seen by more than 1,000,000 people in both the UK and USA.

Teresa Hoskyns is an associate professor at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. She is both a leading architectural theorist in the area of public space and the designer of a series of world class portable theatre venues that have been used to create major events throughout the UK and USA over the last 20 years.

Hoskyns initially studied at the London Metropolitan University where she won a scholarship to study for her MA under Nigel Coates at the Royal College of Art. She received her PHD from University College London’s Bartlett school of architecture where her thesis was described by peers as ‘original, timely and stimulating’, ‘an ambitious study of the spaces that have made a setting for Western political  thinking’. Her thesis has since become the popular planning and urban design book The Empty Place: Democracy and Public Space published by Routledge New York.

While at the RCA she met with Mat Churchill and formed a working partnership based on their common interest in performance and temporary structures including Cedric Price and Joan Littlewood’s work on the “Fun Palace”. A fateful call in 1997 from England’s National Theatre lead to their first temporary venue being built to house  Joan Littlewood’s Oh What a Lovely War on a nationwide tour.

Her event sites and temporary venues are informed by her work on public space and her practise’s involvement in performance and major events has seen her bringing thinking from theatre and events into the world of architecture. Hoskyns’ teaching unit at Cambridge University architecture school broke with tradition and saw her taking her students into the streets of Cambridge to create interventions and street performances as a means of expanding the scope of what architecture can mean. Several of the students from her Cambridge unit went on to form Assemble the first “non-artists” to receive the UK’s Turner Prize for their Granby Four Streets project comprising the renovation of  a series of houses and empty shops, planting and the creation of social outdoor spaces.

Hoskyns and Churchill recently completed a major design and build project for Chichester Festival Theatre which involved creating a unique temporary venue to replace Powell & Moya’s Grade II listed Chichester Festival Theatre while it underwent renovation. The venue received widespread acclaim in both the architectural and theatre press for its spatial qualities and features as a performance space and brought a series of firsts to temporary theatre design including, an eco-friendly plenum/moving air cooling system and a sophisticated sound scheme that provided a level of acoustics and sound protection previously unseen in a temporary venue.

Hoskyns and Churchill have most recently lead a team of internationally recognised experts in acoustics, video projection technology and fabric engineering in the design of a lightweight demountable projection dome. Intended as a massive upgrade to the prototype technology seen on Churchill’s production of Peter Pan, the new system allows audiences to sit beneath a 32 million pixel, 2000 square metre video projection dome for immersive performance.

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