Industry Day: The importance of queer representation in performing arts

Arranged by CPH Queer Theatre Festival and The Development Platform for the Performing Arts

What defines queer performing arts and why is it important to  speak about and include queer artists in a Danish performing arts context?


During the CPH Queer Theatre Festival at Copenhagen WorldPride & EuroGames in mid-August 2021 The City of Copenhagen is welcoming a broad spectrum of recognized queer artists from around the world.

During this Industry Day, CPH Queer Theatre Festival and The Development Platform for the Performing Arts will co-host a journey over the rainbow to the land of Queer Arts, in order to initiate a debate on queer representation.

The Industry Day is arranged in collaboration with: The Royal Danish Theatre, Danish Writers Guild, The Association of Danish Stage Directors, The Danish Actors Guild, Copenhagen 2021 WorldPride & EuroGames, The Cold Table & HIT-Copenhagen .



Industry Program


09:30 – 10:00
Arrivals and registration with tea and Coffee.


10:00 – 10:25
Welcome and presentation of the program of the day
Mikkel Harder, Director of The Development Platform
Lars W. Thomsen, Artistic Director of CPH Queer Theatre Festival


10:30 – 11:10
Panel Debate: Why queer theatre?

Safi Abu Kall Al-Sakran (JO), Founder and Artistic Director for                                                                 MedeArts “The City Artists Network”

Ulricha Johnson (SE), Managing Director/CEO of the national                                                               members’ organization Swedish Performing Arts Coalition (SPAC).

Andrew Keates (UK), Theatre Director

Marco Magoa (ES), Theatre Director and performer


11.10 – 11.15
Introduction to Networking. Lars W. Thomsen, Artistic Director of CPH                                                    Queer Theatre Festival and Aline Storm, Deputy Manager and
Producer of The Development Platform


11:15 – 11:25
Coffee/tea break


11:25– 12:45
Networking: Industry meeting of queer artists at the balcony

12:45 – 13:00
Gathering – sum-up of networking session


13:00 – 14:00
Lunch – walk and talk.


14:00 – 14:15
Artistic talk from an established venue and artist.


14:15 – 14:30
Artists presents Hot Meat projects


14:30 – 16:30
Reading of new scripts from Hot Meat projects: ( 20 min. + 20 min. break  20 min. + 20. min.)



In the evening we encourage you to see the following performances at CPH Queer Theater Festival. As a participant on the Industry Day you get a discount on the ticket. You will recieve your discount code/link when you have booked your ticket for the Industry Day.



19:00 – 20:00
On The Way To The Sawmill by Teatro4m (ES) at Folketeatret


20:00 – 20:30
Q&A with Artistic Director of ‘On The Way To The Sawmill’  by Marco Magoa


21:00 – 22:00
Ramona Macho Cabaret at Folketeatret Foyer


23:00 – 24:00
Berghain by Magnus Iuel Berg at The Royal Playhouse.



The Panel

Ulricha Johnson is the Managing Director/CEO of the national members’ organization Swedish Performing Arts Coalition (SPAC). SPAC’s festival The Performing Arts Biennale is Sweden’s largest industry meeting, and Swedstage is an export festival to promote Swedish performing arts in the world. They are part of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), working with the European Council, the Action Committee for Artists Rights, as well as the workgroup initiated at the world congress 2017 – Proud Performing Arts LGBTQ+ Network and Workgroup. Johnson is openly gay and has been involved in bringing LGBTQ+ theatre to Stockholm Pride and other Swedish pride festivals for 12 years.


Andrew Keates is an award-winning theatre director trained at Brockenhurst College (Beacon College for Performing Arts), Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts & Guildford School of Acting (BA Hons Theatre). His past works include William M. Hoffman’s first AIDS play “As Is”, the controversial Ugandan tragedy “The River and the Mountain” by Beau Hopkins, Joe Dipietro and Jimmy Roberts’ musical “The Thing About Men” and the award-winning production of “The Hired Man” (Landor Theatre). Andrew and his productions have received many award nominations – in 2012 Andrew’s production of The Hired Man won Best Musical Production and in 2013 his production of A Winter’s Tale won Best New Musical in The Awards. Andrew will be directing the reading of “The Normal Heart” which is the opening event of CPH Queer Theatre Festival.


Marco Magoa is an actor, theatre director, playwright and producer with vast international experience. He studied acting at the Instituto del Teatro y las Artes Escénicas in Gijón, Spain and completed his studies in Europe, USA, Africa and the Middle East. In 2007 he founded the theatre company teatro4m. Marco Magoa speaks Spanish, English and Arabic which has allowed him to direct and present, in these languages, more than twenty performances. Marco Magoa will be presenting his performance, “On The Way To The Sawmill (A Hikikomori’s Space)” during CPH Queer Theatre Festival, and will be taking part in the HOT MEAT artistic residency program.


Safi Abu Kall Al-Sakran founder and Artistic Director for MedeArts “The City Artists Network” since 2015, has specialized in designing programs in Cultural and Art fields. He has developed culture and arts in the Jordanian Governorates. As an activist in LGBTQ + rights in Arab region Safi launched in 2016/2017 the first advocacy campaign for transgender issues and represented it by stage, where the story of transgender in Irbid was told. Safi also participated to hold NADWA conference, which is the biggest conference in the Arab region that collects activists in LGBTQ+.



Location: The Royal Playhouse, Copenhagen / Foyer

Participation fee:
75 DDK. Includes tea and coffee and lunch box.
Performances are not included in the participation fee.

Registre: Book your ticket here no later than August 11. at 12.00 



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