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Study Centre Scenic Arts

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Festival of Scenic Arts (IFSart) organised by SCSA in Rome in 2010.

Who we are?
Who we are

The Study Centre for Scenic Arts (SCSA) is a publishing house and a cultural association with the aim of creating a pan-European open laboratory to promote the collective skills of scenographers and other design professionals, which will provide a platform for the spread of knowledge and creative drive through a constructive effort to strengthen the relationship between technology and professionals and emerging talent.

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Workshop organised by SCSA at the Rome Opera House in 2014


The SCSA’s mission is twofold to act as a hub and function as an “open stage” for a range of initiatives, publications of books, magazines and newspapers for the theatre industry and incentives that have vocational training as their prime objective; in addition to this we aim to to provide directors, scenic and costume designers with the opportunity to take technical refresher courses and workshops organised in association with expert practitioners and companies providing technologies for the entertainment industry.

What we do?
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We publish books and documents in digital and print form, using ordinary distribution and multimedia communication. We bring to light everything related to the performing arts with particular attention to the professional training of young students and graduates. We organize annually, in collaboration with theatrical institutions and professionals, events, festivals, exhibitions, conferences and stages.


Leading lights in film and contemporary theatre

THE SCENOGRAPHER magazine was launched in 2002, the fruit of an idea by a group of Italian and British journalists and academics who had previously collaborated on the publication of a magazine on architecture and film. The decision to publish a periodical celebrating the art of production design was reached following an exclusive interview in London for a feature on the Academy Award-winning film production designer Ken Adam, to whom the pilot issue (number 0) was dedicated.


The magazine has been a sponsor for three consecutive years of the prestigious Art Directors Guild Awards, an award ceremony that is second only to the Academy Awards. Countless contributions from US film production designers have enriched its content, including: Alex McDowell, Guy Hendrix Dyas, Michael Corenblith, Scott Chambliss, Bo Welch, Stuart Craig, Tom Walsh, Jeannine Oppewall, Grant Major, Patrick Tatopoulos…


In 2008, THE SCENOGRAPHER team founded the Study Centre for Scenic Arts (SCSA), a platform for seminars and workshops held in Italy and Great Britain. Three international events in particular stand out, organised in Rome and in London between 2008 and 2010, at which theatre professionals and academics from all over Europe attended.
In that same period collaborative projects took root with the British Film Designers Guild and the Society of British Theatre Designers Guild in the UK.  In Italy a number of preeminent theatre designers and directors were celebrated in features and monographic issues, among whom Pier Luigi Pizzi, Dante Ferretti,  Ezio Frigerio, Danilo Donati and Luciano Damiani…

In 2012, production began on the prestigious monographs, which have celebrated and still celebrate directors, set, lighting and costume designers worldwide. In 2022, the magazine is transformed, changes its format, and begins the production of monographic collectible books.