Dialogue Between Theatre Art, Production and Reality
Theatre 2.0 is an independent professional theatre founded in 2010. We work in close collaboration with other theatres and organizations in and outside the field of theatre. We develop and produce new Finnish plays and use methods of applied theatre in our artistic work. Our goal is to continuously research and develop through practice the different structures and working methods of theatre. We are especially interested in the ways production intertwines with art in the most fruitful manner.
Director Saana Lavaste and producer Saara Rautavuoma founded Theatre 2.0 after years of productive collaboration in other theatres. In Theatre 2.0 everything is based on a meaningful dialogue. This means openly sharing thoughts and ideas, using discussions as an important part of the working processes and bringing together theatre professionals from different backgrounds and interests. In Theatre 2.0 we also want to actively further the dialogue between different artistic contents, working methods and theatre structures.
WHAT WE DO
Theatre 2.0 produces theatre performances in many forms, organizes workshops and seminars, carries out development projects as well as writes publications.
Theatre 2.0 operates nationwide but our home base is in Tampere, in central Finland (about 180km / 2 hours north from Helsinki).
In Theatre 2.0 our goal is to develop and research in practise different working methods of theatre in which art and its production intertwine. We share the findings, experiences and knowledge we’ve gained from our projects with others.
The organisation of Theatre 2.0 is light as a feather: executive director Rautavuoma manages all daily operations and the artistic planning is done in together with artistic director Lavaste. Working groups of productions are formed project-by-project basis. Performances can be seen in different cities, stages, spaces and situations – what ever suits them best. Productions are tailored to be performed in such places and made by such a group of artists that meet each productions needs the best.
Theatre 2.0 received yearly operational subsidy from the Finnish government in 2013–2022. In additions Theatre 2.0 has received grants for its productions and projects from independent cultural foundations as well as special subsidies from the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.
- Offer high quality theatre art to audiences nationwide.
- Research the dialogue between "applied forms" and "artistic” theatre, contemporary Finnish plays and co-production models between theatres.
- Develop Finnish theatre, its structures and operations as well as to facilitate collaboration between institutional theatres, independent theatre groups and organizations in and outside the field of theatre.
- Advance new artistic and production models and working methods, advance the spreading of good practises and support the work and artistic growth of theatre professionals.
Contemporary Finnish Plays
We want to research the challenges new plays set for the form of theatre. Theatre 2.0 offers writing workshops and connections to where the plays are produced. We also produce new plays ourselves. In Theatre 2.0 developing of plays doesn’t mean just writing, but also theatrical experimenting.
Applied Forms of Theatre
We want to make reality and theatre encounter in a way that is artistically interesting. Theatre 2.0 develops and researches ways to combine the techniques of artistic and applied theatre, for example the ways to use the techniques of communal theatre as a part of artistic processes.
WHO WE ARE
Theatre 2.0 is a non-profit organisation run by Culture and Theatre Association Kaksikko (= Duo). All the members of the association are theatre professionals.
Members: director Saana Lavaste, producer Saara Rautavuoma, drama instructor Kati Sirén, video designer Timo Teräväinen, playwright and producer Jonni Pantzar, sound and lighting designer Saija Raskulla, director and actor Tommi Kainulainen, actor Aleksi Lavaste, playwrights and dramaturges E.L. Karhu, Heini Junkkaala, Taija Helminen and Elina Snicker.
Artistic Director Saana Lavaste
Saana Lavaste (b. 1976) is a director, drama instructor and a pedagogue. She has studied to be a drama instructor in Metropolia (Helsinki University of Applied Science) and she has graduated as a Master of Theatre Arts from Theatre Academy Helsinki. In addition Saana has qualification of a pedagogue from University of Helsinki. Saana has worked in independent theatre groups (Theatre 2.0, Theatre Siberia, DraamaRäätälit) and institutional theatres (Finnish National Theatre, Lahti City Theatre, Vaasa City Theatre, Joensuu City Theatre etc.) all across Finland. She has also worked as a teacher in Metropolia and Helsinki Theatre Academy. Saana has been part of the artistic team of the international Tampere Theatre Festival and worked as the artistic director Riihimäki City Theatre. At the moment Saana works as the professor of directing at the University of the Arts Helsinki – Theatre Academy.
Executive Director Saara Rautavuoma
Saara Rautavuoma (b. 1982) is a producer specialized in theatre art. She has graduated as a Master of Arts from University of Tampere with media culture as her main subject. Saara has worked with theatre production in independent theatres such as Theatre 2.0 and Theatre Siberia, in institutional theatres such as Riihimäki City Theatre and TTT Theatre as well as for the international Tampere Theatre Festival. In 2012–2014 Saara was part of the Riihimäki City Theatre artistic team. She has also worked as a freelance producer.