IMTAL Europe - International Museum Theatre Alliance
Who's Who

IMTAL people

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 IMTAL-Asia Pacific



Current directors

Jack Veldman, Netherlands


Jack (1957) is director of Museumpark Archeon since 1999. Archeon joint the EU Delphy Culture 2000 project en the 5 years Open Arch – Exarc EU  project. We work with  72 FTE’s en more than 130 volenteers. Since 2018 we do the assembling of the six 2000 years old  Zwammerdam Roman Ships, total length over 100 meter, excavated in the fifties of the previous century, for the Dutch National Government; the Minister of OC&W (Education, Culture & Science).

Jack’s previous board appointments were Treasurer, six years, of the VMZH (Society of Musea in the province of South Holland), and of EXARC, two years, since 2020 board member of the Destination Viking Association& Follow The Vikings.

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Björn M. Buttler Jakobsen, Sweden

Vice chair, Treasurer and webpage

Björn has been Director of the Foteviken museum from 1995 until 2022 when he retired. Under his leadership, the museum has been involved in many European partnership projects. Björn’s previous board appointments have included President of EXARC (European Exchange on Archaeological Research and Communication) and Chairman of NOOAM (Nordic Organization of Open Air Museums).

He has also been the chairman of the Destination Viking Association. He has worked extensively as a tv and film producer on maritime and living archaeology projects. Today he is retired but still works with culture.

Jesper Wittenburg, Denmark

Secretary, Board Member

Jesper is member of Frederikssund Vikingespil (FV) – an outdoor theater with more than 500 members including approx. 160 on the stage ( Vicechair of FV from 1995 till 2001. Chair of FV from 2001 till 2018. Representing FV in Destination Viking Associations. Actor and swordfighter in FV as of 1983. Author of three Vikingespil. Chief of external Viking event managing and creating street-shows performed mainly in DK, but in abroad, such as Argentina, Syria, Bulgaria, Japan and most of the West-European countries.

Education: Cand. Scient. in Statistics from Copenhagen University (1991). Worked in the Danish Medical Company Novo Nordisk (1994-2022). Member of Frederikssund City Council as of 2010. As such Board member of Roskilde Museums, of Frederikssund Viking-Settlement and substituting Board member of Destination Fjordlandet – the local Tourist Board (

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 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.

Éva Zöldi-Birkás, Hungary

Board Member

Éva Birkás has an M.A in Classical Philology and in Literature and Linguistics. She worked as a museum educator at the Department of Classical Antiquities in the Museum of Fine Arts Budapest for 20 years. Since 2021 she is the Head of Department of Museum Education and Communication in Szent István Király Múzeum, Székesfehérvár.

She is a drama teacher. She introduced live interpretation programmes to the Museum of Fine Arts Budapest in 2008 where she developed first-person interpretation performances based on mostly Ancient Greek and Roman characters.

Thit Birk Petersen, Denmark

Board Member

Thit has a  MA in Prehistoric Archaeology and has worked as the curator of Middelaldercentret (The Medieval Centre) in Denmark since 2016. She has a life long experience with living history and live interpretation as she started as a volunteer at Middelaldercentret in 1997 and now is head of interpretation.

She has worked at several museums as interpreter and guide and she is the founder of a small pop-up living history group in Denmark called Forum Historicum. She also took initiative in 2020 under the first lock down to start a group for re-enacters, living historians and live interpreters in Denmark where they walked in their historical costumes through towns to bring awareness to culture and the importance of museums during, under and after Covid (highly inspired by Izabela Pitcher/Prior Attire). 

Foteini Venieri, Greece

Board Member

Foteini is a researcher focusing on museum theatre and the promotion of performing arts in the interpretation of cultural heritage. She has completed her graduate degree in theatre studies, postgraduate studies in cultural management and a doctoral thesis on museum theatre, and has conducted post-doctoral research on the concept of dialogue in museums.

She has designed and performed museum theatre performances as a founding member and co-manager of the company Heterotopia, and has taught modules on museum theory, museum learning, and museum theatre at several universities.

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

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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