Preserving and Transmitting American Ensemble-Based Devised Theatre




Philadelphia, PA


June 5-16, 2023


2 weeks


Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program Type

Professional Development Program Audience



Devised theatre is a highly collaborative but uniquely fragile artform that has existed for generations in communities across the United States. Despite its proliferation as a professional and educational training practice, it suffers from limited scholarship, criticism, and academic study. This two-week, residential Institute will address that misalignment with a deep examination of company-based devised theatre, past and present. It will foster new collaborations among artists, conservatory faculty, higher education professors of theatre and performance studies, and students, resulting in improved preservation, innovations in teaching, and heightened cultural awareness relating to American ensemble-based devised theatre and its impact over time.

Project Director(s)

Quinn Bauriedel; Allen Kuharski

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Ruwanthie de Chickera; Kathleen Cioffi; Telory Arendell; Giovanni Fusetti; Lars Jan; Rick Kemp; Adrienne Mackey; Bonnie Marranca; Judith Miller; Kym Moore; Jessica Nakamura; Cláudia Nascimento; Rubén Polendo; Duška Radosavljević; Kathryn Syssoyeva; Mike Vanden Heuvel

Grantee Institution

Pig Iron Theatre Company

Funded through the Division of Education Programs