Who we are:

The SJA was formed to support and celebrate the life work of Stephen Joseph as director and teacher, and as the pioneer of theatre-in-the-round in the UK. His legacy and name live on though the theatres he created, and also through the newly created Stephen Joseph Association.

What we do:

The aim of the SJA is to promote Stephen’s legacy and, in particular, to celebrate the centenary of his birth in 2021 with projects and collaborations which investigate and extend the awareness of his influence on the design and development of new theatre forms, writing and performance.

How you can join:

When joining the ABTT, you can become an SJA Member at no additional cost by selecting the tick box “join the SJA” while completing your ABTT Membership Application Form.

If you are already a member of the ABTT, you are also eligible to join the SJA for free – you simply need to let us know that you wish to join or when renewing your ABTT Membership – simply select the tick box “join the SJA”.

To find out more information about the aims of the SJA please click here.

SJA Seminars:

In this ABTT/SJA Seminar ‘Theatre Then and Now‘, we joined Alistair Livingstone, Chairman of the SJA Committee in discussing Stephen Joseph, the formation of the ABTT (with Richard Pilbrow via video interview) and the importance of the Stephen Joseph Association (with Sir Alan Ayckbourn via video interview).

We were also joined by Sam Walters, Founding Director of the Orange Tree Theatre talking about: “In the age of technology, is live theatre yesterday’s art form?”, Barbara Day, Writer and Theatrologist discussing “Theatre that is always at a beginning”; and Peter Tate, Co-Artistic Director at the Playground Theatre with “To carry on or not to carry on..?”

You can view this Seminar along with links to all of the resources/documents/videos discussed by clicking the link below:

June 2020: ABTT/SJA Seminar: Theatre Then and Now