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"An artistic universe made up of artists, working internationally, creating a roaming state that encompasses a world of art; this has been mainly theatre and performance practice however it also includes installations, live events, videography, community outreach and artist development."

state of the [art]

State of the [art] is an international arts organisation headed by Simone Giustinelli, Munotida Chinyanga and Laura Singleton. Focusing on facilitating interactive experiences for the members of the public who do not usually engage with the creativity and culture sector, and offer non-conventional approaches on contemporary performance practice to audiences who do both nationally and internationally.

 

This includes but is not limited to theatre performances, live events, masterclass/workshops and artist development projects. It was originally set up as an artist development programme founded in 2018, to give underrepresented artists from ages 18 - 30 based in the UK, the opportunity to train and develop work around Europe. We have worked under Creative Europe Funding and ERASMUS; producing shows, projects, masterclasses and workshops at The National Theatre of Rome and The National Institute of Ancient Drama, Sicily, and the Academy of Arts, Novi Sad.  As well as producing work for the Republic of China YIYUAN TANG Museum with the British Council. 

 

We are also Associate Artists/Company at Middlesex University for Theatre Arts, and work closely with Rose Bruford for European Theatre Arts and CSM: UAL for BA Performance. We work closely with educational establishments as our main aim is the diversification of practitioners within the arts and empowering disadvantaged artists to create their own platforms.

this is what we do
 
performance practice
artist development
masterclass + workshops
state studios

Put simply, we make shows, from small scale scratches, installations, videography to mid scale international exchanges with our partners around Europe and beyond. We lead Art Direction for events and art socials as well as event space design.

Performance and Production training - working with universities such as Middlesex University, we run an annual artist international development programme which gives students performance, design and technical training by facilitating the creation of a show that will then be performed at our partner venue Teatro India, The National Theatre of Rome. 

National Theatre of Rome Masterclass, 2019
National Theatre of Rome Masterclass, 2019

National Theatre of Rome Masterclass, 2019
National Theatre of Rome Masterclass, 2019

National Theatre of Rome Masterclass, 2019
National Theatre of Rome Masterclass, 2019

National Theatre of Rome Masterclass, 2019
National Theatre of Rome Masterclass, 2019

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We host, lead, facilitate and support workshops around contemporary collaborative practices as well as theatre design and audience participation, this included working with communities and activating spaces through theatre and technology.

An innovative and unique new media company placing theatre and performing arts in the context of contemporary culture and the world we live in - from how we dress, live and socialize; to what we eat, listen to and watch; as well as who leads and inspires us. Through entertaining video series, we will share the voices and conversations that define what it means to be a contemporary artist/venue/ organisation. What it means to make theatre. 

methodology and practise

We define ourselves according to these distinctions;

  1.  redefining spaces,

  2.  design-led performances,

  3. the power of languages, accents and cultures on stage

  4. challenging the role of the audience and allowing their participation to become a part of the performance itself.

  5. development and training, giving opportunities to artist in training to create work on global scale.

artistic directors
 
SIMONE GIUSTINELLI
MUNOTIDA CHINYANGA
SIMONE GIUSTINELLI

Simone is a director, multidisciplinary artist and organiser for theatre. In 2015 he founded the artistic collective "Esercitazioni Invisibili". He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Performing Arts and Sciences at the "La Sapienza" University of Rome and a Masters in Theater Arts at the Middlesex University of London. From 2015 to 2018 his works are selected by the Public Domain Festival and staged at Teatro India - Teatro di Roma. In 2016 he has been the author, together with Pierpaolo Sepe, of #RevolutionaryRoad, a two-year training course for professional actors on the occasion of the centenary of the Russian Revolution. In 2017 he’s founded ‘ROMING’, a project of international exchange and collaboration between the National Theatre of Rome, Public Domain Festival and Middlesex University of London. He is currently working on the trilogy of creation, a collaborative project between international artists, located in different European countries, whose first chapter - K - made his debut at the Ravensfield Theater in London. In 2019 he became head of the International Coordination at the Dominio Pubblico Festival, the most significant Italian event focused on U25 creativity. He organised meetings, round tables, masterclasses, workshops, theatre and dance performances, collaborating with venues, theatre companies and universities from the UK, Lithuania, Bulgaria, France, Italy.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
LAURA SINGLETON

Laura Singleton is a director, producer, designer and theatre maker originally from Sheffield. Her work empowers both designer and performer, where visual dramaturgy is embedded and embodied into practice - winning the Outstanding Collaborative Practice award for her degree. Laura has worked internationally as a director, collaborating with Creative Europe in Paris (2017), assistant directed at Dominio Pubblico, Teatro di Roma (2018), Serge Constantin Theatre Mauritius (2018) and Palazzolo Acreide, Sicily (2019). In 2019, she assisted Jemma Gross on five-star production of Rattled at the Old Red Lion and on national tour of In the Shadow of The Black Dog at Tristan Bates, Brighton Fringe Festival, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival Fringe with 2020 dates to be announced soon. Laura also completed a marketing internship with Camden People’s Theatre and is currently Head of Acting and Producer at SASA School of Performing Arts where she devises shows with young people aged 11-18. Laura was Production Assistant at Colin Ingram and InTheatre Productions Limited on Back to the Future - the Musical.

LAURA SINGLETON
HEAD OF PRODUCTION
 
MAGGIE SLABON

Maggie Slaboň is a Slovak artist, currently living in London, whose practice is based on a transdisciplinary approach. In her practice, she often plays with contrasts, sudden changes of mood, a spontaneous flow of actions and responses, and most importantly with a clash of realities. She finds it interesting to combine digital, virtual and live elements together in order to build a new kind of mixed reality. Her desire is to expand the realm of perception by using the creative potential of technology and its interactivity in live performances. The main areas of her interest include Digital Art, Video-Mapping and Interactivity. She gained her practical skill set during her studies at Middlesex University (London, UK), where she graduated with a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Theatre Arts during which she specialised mostly in AV design and technical theatre. She also gained a lot of practical experience during her work at Truc Spherique Cultural Centre (Zilina, Slovakia), through freelancing as a designer and technician for performances in London, and she was part of multiple international projects showcased in Prague, Brussels and Rome.

MAGGIE SLABON
ASSOCIATE ARTISTS

Our Associate Artists are performers, designers, directors, technicians, stage managers and every discipline within performing arts and even creative arts, who may have graduated from our BAM programme or collaborators that have worked with us on international projects, they work with us frequently and attend [state] events. Click on their photos if you would like to contact them directly for CV or questions. Alternatively, you can email [state] and we will be able to get a quicker response.