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Andrea Moneta

Andrea Moneta

Senior Lecturer

School of Art & Design


Andrea Moneta MArch PhD FHEA PGCAP is Senior Lecturer for BA (Hons) Theatre Design, module leader for the Year Three main module and Contextual Studies 2 module and teaches on a number of modules across the course.

Having a particular interest in exploring the intersection between theatre and architecture, he is actively involved in researching and teaching in these areas and is leading research for Design for Stage and Screen.

His teaching interests include design for performance, site-specific or site-adaptive theatre practice, participative theatre, digital scenography, and unconventional communication.

Career overview

Andrea has held a number of senior positions within HE organisations, including: Adjunct Professor of Scenography and course leader of the postgraduate study course in Urban Theatre and Digital Scenography at the University of Rome La Sapienza; Adjunct Professor of Urbanism at Università della Calabria (Italy); and Visiting Scholar at Universidad Europea de Madrid (Spain)

His creative work, teaching and research are all strongly informed by his expertise in theatre, architecture, and urbanism studies. Public space and the built environment are inspirations, and serve as references when designing and managing performances, events, installations, and exhibits.

Working both as an architect and a theatre designer, Andrea is a trans-disciplinary practitioner. He is co-founder and secretary of Archabout (Mediterranean Laboratory of Transnational and Trans-disciplinary Studies and Production); co-founder of Smart Jokes, an ethical and unconventional communication agency based in Rome (Italy); associate member of SBTD (Society of British Theatre Designers); and member of Ordine degli Architetti di Roma e Provincia (Association of Professional Architects of Rome).

Research areas

Andrea discovered his passion for theatre through architecture, as the result of a long exploration of the relationship between place, landscape, and man-made space - research that grew out of the need to reappropriate living space, and to rediscover anthropic values of place as a renewal of the social value of theatre practice.

For this reason, while working in traditional theatres, he developed a unique approach that was called "scenarchitecture", i.e. a theatre design practice to link and engage people and places, public art and design for performance, urban design, and cultural production.

His research interests in Scenography and Theatre Design include:

  • design for performance in unconventional theatre spaces and heritage sites.
  • Scenarchitecture
  • VR, AR & MR
  • digital scenography.


  • Moneta, A (2017) How Virtual Reality is changing the way we experience stage shows, in: The Conversation
  • Moneta, A (2015) SBTD Exhibition 2015: Passion, Commitment, Care. A Necessary Exhibition, in: Blue Pages – The Journal of Society of British Theatre Designers, Cardiff, pp. 12-13
  • Moneta, A (2012) Scenarchitettura, Edizioni Nuova Cultura, Rome
  • Moneta, A (2012) Ponte di Nona, Edizioni Nuova Cultura, Rome
  • Moneta, A (2011) Scenachitecture, a contribution for the re-definition of space related disciplines, in: Contemporary Scenography magazine, Rome, p. 1, 4
  • Moneta, A (2010) Il Teatro Urbano: un luogo d'incontro con l'Universita', in: C. Faletti, L'avventura del Teatro Urbano. Ricerca e sperimentazione di Abraxa Teatro, Edizioni Sette Città, Viterbo, pp. 152-155
  • Moneta, A (2010) I Grandi Cantieri in: G. Longobardi G. Piccinato V. Quilici, ‘Campagne Romane’, Alinea Editrice, Firenze, pp. 70-75
  • Moneta, A (2002) Attivita' di ricerca: 1990-2002, in G. Moneta, Logica e complessità dell’architettura, Edizioni Kappa, Rome, cd-rom

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Press expertise

  • Theatre Design
  • Theatre Architecture
  • Scenography
  • Design for performance
  • Design for Heritage sites
  • Site-specific theatre
  • Applied theatre
  • Scenography for cyberspace (VR/AR/MR, MUVE, Avatar)