Applications open: December 1, 2022-March 3, 2023

Preserving and Transmitting American Ensemble-Based Devised Theatre


  • March 3, 2023: Applications are due

  • April 3, 2023: Applicants are notified of their status

  • April 14, 2023: Selected applicants must accept or decline

Application Instructions

We have set up a convenient online form to submit your application materials. The application will ask you to answer some brief essay questions about your educational interests and professional experience. You will also be asked to upload a copy of your CV or professional résumé. If you would like to prepare your responses before opening the form, these are the short essay questions you will be asked:
  • What are your primary areas of research?  (250 words or less)
  • Why are you interested in participating in Pig Iron's NEH Institute: Preserving and Transmitting American Ensemble-Based Theatre? (500 words or less)
  • How might you carry forward the knowledge from the Institute in your work--pedagogic, artistic, scholastic--in the coming years? (250 words or less)
  • Describe a fertile learning environment that you have been a part of.  How will you activate your own learning during the Institute if selected to participate? (250 words or less)
  • What is a particular highlight within your CV that speaks to your unique qualifications for this Institute? (250 words or less)
Completed applications should be submitted via the Google Form no later than March 3, 2023. Do not submit items to the NEH. Application materials sent to the NEH will not be reviewed. Applicants will be notified of their status on April 3, 2023. Applicants selected for the Institute will have until April 14, 2023 to accept or decline the offer. Before you apply, please review the NEH’s eligibility requirements below, which apply to all NEH summer programs. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Selection Process

A five-person selection committee will convene to review applications and choose the 25 Institute participants. This committee includes Institute faculty, directors, and leaders from the field chosen for their diverse perspectives, knowledge, and varied networks. We seek a diverse audience of higher education theatre faculty for this Institute. We are aiming for a robust balance of professors that specialize in dance-theatre, theatre history, acting, directing, design, performance studies, and those who straddle the practice and critical study sides of the field. We are also aiming for a diverse audience in terms of demographics and geography as well as area of academic research.

Stipend, Tenure, Conditions of the Award

Each participant will receive a $2,200 stipend. This stipend is intended to help cover travel, housing, meals, and basic academic expenses. Stipends are determined according to the format and duration of the summer program, and are taxable as income. Half will be paid on May 15 before the beginning of the Institute and half on June 11 at the end of the first week of the Institute.

Project applicants who accept an offer to participate are expected to remain during the entire period of the program and to participate in its work on a full-time basis. If a participant is obliged through special circumstances to depart before the end of the program, it shall be the recipient institution’s responsibility to see that only a pro rata share of the stipend is received or that the appropriate pro rata share of the stipend is returned if the participant has already received the full stipend.

Once an applicant has accepted an offer to attend any NEH Summer Program (Seminar, Institute, or Landmark), they may not accept an additional offer or withdraw in order to accept a different offer. Participants are required to submit a project evaluation within a month of completion.

Eligibility Requirements

NEH Summer Institutes allow higher education faculty an opportunity to enrich and revitalize their teaching through the study of humanities topics that bear upon undergraduate education. Institutes are designed primarily for a national audience of full- or part-time faculty who teach undergraduate students.

Doctoral candidates, untenured faculty, and non-tenure track faculty are encouraged to apply—at least five spaces will be reserved for non-tenured faculty members.

Please review the full eligibility criteria for participation in NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes for Higher Education Faculty here.

Endowment programs do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or age. For further information, write to the Equal Opportunity Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities (400 7th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024) or call 202-606-8400, 800-634-1121, or 202-606-8282 (this is a special telephone device for the Deaf).

NEH Principles of Civility

NEH Seminars, Institutes, and Landmarks programs are intended to extend and deepen knowledge and understanding of the humanities by focusing on significant topics, texts, and issues; contribute to the intellectual vitality and professional development of participants; and foster a community of inquiry that provides models of excellence in scholarship and teaching.

NEH expects that project directors will take responsibility for encouraging an ethos of openness and respect, upholding the basic norms of civil discourse.

Seminar, Institute, and Landmarks presentations and discussions should be:

  • firmly grounded in rigorous scholarship, and thoughtful analysis;
  • conducted without partisan advocacy;
  • respectful of divergent views;
  • free of ad hominem commentary; and
  • devoid of ethnic, religious, gender, disability, or racial bias.

NEH welcomes comments, concerns, or suggestions on these principles at




Preserving and Transmitting American Ensemble-Based Devised Theatre has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.