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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


Angela Pfenninger, Germany (Chair)

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 four years of her student and professional days in the UK. Besides her employment for various arts festivals (ie. the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Karlsruhe City Jubilee), she runs her own small agency "Museum-Theater-Events" as a freelance actress, director, author and workshop leader for museum theatre based in Germany, interpreting historical themes as well as literature and visual art. www.museum-theater-events.de 


Björn M. Buttler Jakobsen, Sweden (Vice chair, 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 is also Charman for Destination Viking Associations. He has also worked extensively as a tv and film producer on maritime and living archaeology projects. www.foteviken.se

Birgit Hiefner-Konietzko (Secretary, Board Member) 

Birgit originally trained as a seamstress, and has been specialising in historical clothing since 1995. For the last 20 years, she worked freelance as a tour guide (also costumed interpreter) for major German heritage sites, such as Heidelberg castle, Mannheim castle, Schwetzingen castle, Rastatt and Rastatt Favorite castle and Bruchsal castle.
At these sites, she has portrayed a variety of historical figures, specializing in „Elisabeth Charlotte, princess Palatine, Liselotte von der Pfalz“ for museums or historical programmes. Since 2005, she has acted as tour guide for museums as Reiss-Engelhorn-Museums in Mannheim and the Historical Museum of the Palatinate, Speyer. Since 2002, she was author, organiser and actress of murder mystery shows. Over the last few years, Birgit has also included tourist guide activities in her spiritual home, Iceland. She is currently studying Icelandic, but for now, her tours and programmes are conducted in German, English and French.

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.

Ingo R. Glückler, Austria (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, with the help of co-editor Martin Lamb, Insights Europe: Journal of the International Museum Theatre Alliance - Europe.

Eva Zöldi-Birkas, Hugary (Board Member)

Éva Birkás has an M.A in Classical Philology and in Literature and Linguistics. She has been working as a museum educator at the Department of Classical Antiquities in the Museum of Fine Arts Budapest since 2001. She did a course in drama in education in 2004 and became a drama teacher. She introduced live interpretation programmes to the Museum of Fine Arts in 2008. Given her training, she developes mostly Ancient Greek and Roman characters, and create first-person interpretation performances involving actor-teachers. Since 2015, she has been a student in the Doctoral School of Education at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest.

Thomas Olsen, Sweden (Board Member)

Thomas A. Olsen is a storyteller, writer and creative consultant. He currently resides in the South of Sweden where he is employed as a museum curator for Fotevikens Museum. Enjoys a good cup of coffee, people watching and in his spare time takes great pleasure in killing goblins and trolls.


Tony Jackson, UK (honored 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.

Become a member

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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