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IMTAL-Europe is a subscription membership organisation open to individuals and to institutions from anywhere in Europe.  Members include those who perform, programme and curate all forms of live interpretation and museum theatre as well as students and academic researchers. At present our membership includes over a hundred representatives from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland,  Eire, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, France, Germany and Israel.  Members are offered the opportunity to create a profile on this website.



IMTAL-Europe is managed by a board of directors. Directors are volunteers and are elected to the board at the Annual General Meeting.  Their role is to promote live interpretation and museum theatre and represent IMTAL and its members.  They:
  • Communicate regularly with other board members

  • Attend 3 board meetings a year

  • Compile 2 issues of Insights Europe a year

  • Prepare the Annual General Meeting

  • Organise development, networking and training days

  • Organise the annual IMTAL Europe Conference

  • Co-organise the biannual Global Conference with IMTAL-Americas and IMTAP-Asia Pacific


Current Directors:

 Marc Van Hasselt, Netherlands (Chair)

Marc van Hasselt completed a Research Master in Medieval History at Utrecht University in 2010. He has worked in Archeon since 2001, full-time as event co ordinator and project manager since 2011. He was involved in the Grundtvig Zeitgeist project (2010-2012) and OpenArch (2011-2015). He is co-founder of Novitas Heritage, a consultancy for heritage institutions. Marc enjoys re-enactment and is currently preparing to do his PhD on Medieval swords.



Björn  M Buttler Jakobsen, Sweden (Treasurer and webpage)

Björn has been Director of the Foteviken museum since 1995 . Under his leadership, the museum  have been involved in many European partnership projects. Bjorn’s previous board appointments have included President of EXARC (European Exchange on Archaeological Research and Communication) and Chairman of NOOAM (Nordiska föreningen för Arkeologiska Friluftsmuseer). He has also worked extensively as a tv and film producer on maritime and living archaeology projects. www.foteviken.se 

Lara Muth, UK ( Membership)

Lara is the founder/director of site-specific theatre company Bard Unbound and has devised projects for Hampton Court Palace and HM Tower of London. Lara has an MA in Text & Performance from RADA and is a member of the Young Vic's Genesis programme for emerging directors.  Lara is currently employed as the company administrator for The Rayne Foundation where she is responsible for day to day administration and all financial reporting.  Originally from the USA, Lara now lives in London.


Tony Jackson, UK (Board Member)

Tony is now Emeritus Professor of Educational Theatre at the University of Manchester, and was Director of the Performance, Learning and Heritage research project, 2005–8. (The research database, findings and report are available online at www.plh.manchester.ac.uk) He continues to teach part-time and his research is ongoing. His recent books include Learning through Theatre, 1993 (new edition 2013); Theatre, education and the making of meanings, 2007; and (edited with Jenny Kidd) Performing Heritage: research, practice and innovation in museum theatre and live interpretation.

Chris Cade, UK (Board Member)

Chris Cade is a freelance actor and storyteller working in museums, schools, heritage sites and community venues across Yorkshire and beyond. Chris is a member of EQUITY and has portrayed high profile characters such as Richard III (2013), Captain Edward J Smith (2012), George Hudson (2011), Pharoah Ramses II (2010), Charles Darwin (2009), Edwin Chadwick (2008), William Wilberforce (2007) and Isambard Kingdom Brunel (2006). He also delivers performance/workshops using lower status characters across the centuries from Roman to modern times, specialising in the Victorian and World War II periods.


Chris Gidlow, UK (Board Member)

Chris is Live Interpretation Manager for England’s Historic Royal Palaces. For eleven years he has been bringing to life the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kew Palace, Kensington Palace and Banqueting House White Hall. He learnt on the job and can still be seen occasionally in costume. Chris is also an author, specialising in the history and legends of King Arthur, and designs historical board games in any spare time.


Jerker Fahlström, Sweden (Board Member)

The actor Jerker Fahlström is an actor with many years of experience on stage, cinema, radio, TV and has played many main roles with both child and adult theatre. Jerker has worked with many of the big names within Swedish film, and has been involved in film making abroad in e.g. Romania and Poland.  Between film and theatre work he travels across the world with his storytelling show: "Of Gods, Heroes and little people". With his show Jerker invites to a shimmering world of the heroes and gods of the Viking Age. Tales where he cleverly weaves together the tale with facts about clothing, weapons and way of life. It is a show played around the world, for example Texas, St. Petersburg, Iceland, England, Scotland, Greenland, Faroe Islands and the Orkney Islands.


Rögnvaldur Gudmunsson, Island (Board Member)

Rögnvaldur is a tourism consultant and the chairman of the Iceland Saga and Heritage Association (ISHA), established in 2006.  Its objective is to be a forum for collaboration for those involved in saga and heritage tourism in Iceland, especially regarding publicity, quality and professional standards. The members (over 100) are museums, exhibitions, heritage sites, man-made structures, festivals, the sites of certain sagas, professional individuals etc.  Hompage:  www.sagatrail.is

Rögnvaldur has been the project manager of five EU projects. 


Steve Howe, UK (Board Member)

Steve Howe is an actor, writer, musician and museum interpreter. Currently he spends most of his time working for the National Trust UK designing activities and workshops as well as creating historical characters to interpret ‘Quarry Bank Mill’ at Styal in cheshire. One of the worlds first textile mills. Prior to this Steve spent over a decade working with The Museum of Science and industry in Manchester UK in a similar capacity, demonstrating mill engines, textile machinery and  delivering science shows.

Having toured small to mid scale theatre as an actor and possessing and engineering background, Steve has an unusual set of skills to bring to museum and heritage interpretation.


Ingo R Glückler , Austria (Co-Editor of Insights Europe and Board Member)

Ingo R. Glückler is the founder and director of EyeWitness - Historische Interpretationen (2000), a historic performance troupe that has performed at historic sites run by the government of Baden-Württemberg, Past Pleasures/Historic Royal Palaces, the German Pharmacy Museum, the Youth Hostel Association, the Speyer City Council and uncountable international monastic and worldly (university) libraries.. As an independent historic interpreter Ingo is specialised in professional costumed first and third person interpretation and storytelling in historic houses, museums, castles, outdoor environments and other historic venues. Ingo is also the library director of the Catholic University of Linz in Austria. In this context he is publishing “interpretation – The International Bibliographic Database of Living History” and InsightsEurope: Journal of the International Museum Theatre Alliance - Europe.


Angela Pfenninger, Germany (Co-Editor of Insights Europe and Board Member)

Angela Pfenninger holds an M. A. in English and Cultural Studies. She has been working in the arts and events sector for the last 15 years and joins IMTAL as a freelance actress, director, author and workshop leader for museum theatre based in Germany, interpreting historical themes as well as visual art.



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Reduced participation fees for conferences, training events and networking activities.
Newsletters three times a year, with opportunities both to receive and contribute to articles of interest regarding developments in the field.  These have included research reports, book reviews, accounts of lessons learned, marketing opportunities and articles from suppliers of professional services.
Access to the mailing list to request advice, support and information from other members in the network.

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