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An NEH Summer Institute for Higher Education Faculty

June 5—16, 2023 at Pig Iron Theatre Company in Philadelphia, PA

Devised theatre is a highly collaborative but uniquely fragile art form 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 has three primary objectives:

  • First, it recognizes that the practice and teaching of devised theatre is moving faster than the archiving and critical study of this long-standing and increasingly important part of the American theatre landscape. The Institute aims to align these two arenas with a deep critical examination of company-based devised theatre, past and present.
  • Second, the Institute intends to preserve and raise awareness of this vital but unevenly documented part of American culture: this highly collaborative but uniquely fragile art form has existed for generations in communities across the United States, but suffers from limited scholarship, criticism, and academic study despite its proliferation as a professional and educational training practice.
  • Third, the institute will foster new collaborations among working artists, conservatory faculty, college/university professors of theatre and performance studies and their students, resulting in improved preservation, innovations in teaching methods, and heightened cultural awareness relating to American ensemble-based devised theatre and its impact over time.

Project Directors Quinn Bauriedel (Pig Iron Theatre Company and the University of the Arts) and Dr. Allen Kuharski (Swarthmore College) are leaders in the field, both in scholarship and in practice. They will be joined by 16 diverse visiting faculty—representing the scholarly and professional sides of the subject—to help uncover, complicate, and illuminate the objectives above.

If you have any questions, please contact us at NEHinstitute@pigiron.org

 

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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 NEHinstitute@pigiron.org
 

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Deadlines

  • MARCH 3, 2023: APPLICATIONS ARE DUE

  • APRIL 3, 2023: APPLICANTS ARE NOTIFIED OF THEIR STATUS

  • APRIL 14, 2023: SELECTED APPLICANTS MUST ACCEPT OR DECLINE

 

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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.