DR Tanja Beer

DR Tanja Beer


  • (ecoscenography, eco-design, scenography, sustainability, design research, theatre & architecture, children's agency on environmental issues)



  • Dr Tanja Beer is an early career researcher (Academic Fellow in Performance Design & Sustainability) with extensive experience in transdisciplinary research in the field of expanded scenography (theatre & performance design), sustainability and community engagement. Her work integrates built environments, place-making, urban ecology, performance studies and systems thinking. Working across artistic and scientific disciplines, international and national sectors, and academic and community contexts, her practice-led research explores the potential for creative engagement tools to catalyse ecosystem restoration and community vitalisation. Her work includes developing creative tools to engage the wider public in sustainability issues, and building effective partnerships between cultural, university, government, industry and community sectors. Tanja’s most significant work is The Living Stage, a global initiative that combines stage design, permaculture and community engagement to create recyclable, biodegradable and edible performance spaces. Her current creative research is focused on children’s agency on environmental issues, creative place-making and the potential of arts-science communication to foster socio-ecological connection. See: www.tanjabeer.com & https://ecoscenography.com/   


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2016
  • Grad.Dip, University of Melbourne 2002
  • MA, Universitaet fuer Musik und Darstellende Kunst 2000


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am interested in research projects in the following areas: performance design/scenography, ecoscenography, performance & ecology, theatre & architecture, sustainability, place-making, ecological design, children's agency on social and environmental issues, community-engaged practice, temporary architecture, event space and tactical urbanism.