Organizational Structure 

The Congress

By definition of the statutes, the directing body of OISTAT is the Congress, which is formed when the official representatives of the member organisations, the OISTAT Centres, and individual members from other nations, are assembled in plenary session. Every four years, the delegates of the World Congress elect the President and the members of the Executive Committee. They also decide on changes of the statutes and other important issues of the organisation.


The Headquarters

At the 2011 Congress, the secretariat is renamed as the headquarters. The headquarters is responsible for the operation of the organization. It is composed by an General Manager and the staff. It was originally founded in Prague, then moved to Amsterdam. The Headquarters is now located in Taipei, Taiwan.

>> Current Team of Headquarters


Executive Committee and Governing Board

The activities of OISTAT are coordinated by the Governing Board (GB) and its Executive Committee (EC). The Executive Committee consists of eight elected members including the President, elected at the congress. The Governing Board consists of the EC plus the elected chairs of the commissions.

The EC normally meets twice per year. One of this meetings is normally a Governing Board meeting. This serves to coordinate the activities of the commissions and of the projects of OISTAT.

The day to day administration is carried out by the President, the Secretary and the Treasurer. The effectiveness of the organization also depends on the support from a secretariat (now, headquarters).

From 1968 to 1992 the Secretariat was in Prague, financed by the Czechoslovakian Ministry of Culture. From 1993 to 2001 Chris Lievaart as General Secretary organized the practical work of OISTAT which was supported by the Dutch Ministry of Culture.  From 2001- 2004 the management was shared among the EC members and Administrative Director Jennifer Walker, financed by the Dutch Ministry of Culture and the member contributions.

In 2006 the Executive Committee and Governing Board are further assisted by a Secretariat/Headquarters in Taiwan, which is financed by Taiwan's CCA (Council for Cultural Affairs; it was changed into the Ministry of Culture in May 2012).  The new General Manager is Wan-Jung Wei.


>> Current Executive Committee

>> Current Governing Board



Commissions & Groups

The essential activities of the organization are undertaken by the Commissions and Working Groups. They work in the following fields:

  • Architecture
  • Performance Design (formerly "Scenography")
    • Costume Design Group
    • Sound Design Group
    • Lighting Design Group
    • Space Design Group
  • Education
  • Technology
  • Publication / Communication
  • Research (formerly "Theory and History")
    • Theatre Timeline Group

The commissions and groups usually meet once each year. Every centre is encouraged to send a delegate to the commission meetings, invidividual members of OISTAT are most welcome to take part in the commission meetings. The principle of the OISTAT activities is based on mutual in vitations, extended by the centers. They extend invitations to a commission to meet in their country. The centres bear the cost of accommodation and food according as defined in the statutes. The organization of such meetings is an essential factor for an OISTAT membership. Every four years, the commission elects a chair whose job it is to organize the meetings as well as the activities between meetings, propose themes and coordinates the projects.


>> Leadership of Working Groups

*In April 2016, the EC decided to dissolve all Working Groups. This decision was taken after thorough consideration. It was agreed that Working Groups should be formed in the future to work only on specific projects.

The EC invited the leaders of the former Working Groups to participate in a special meeting in Seville on 20 October 2016, to discuss this issue. The outcome of this meeting is to create a new structure in OISTAT. This new structure will require changes to the Statutes and the EC will make a recommendation to the Congress for approval at the meeting to be held during WSD2017, July 3-4, 2017 in Taipei. If the Congress accepts these revisions to the Statutes, the new structure will become official. Know more about the structural changes.