DARES 2024: STUDENT HIGHLIGHTS

13 May 2024

DARES: a collective individual solo togetherness evening of new works curated by Cohort XI. We triple dog dare you to come and experience a night of laughter, hope, dread, sadness, joy, nostalgia, and whatever else makes you human. Dare to meet our fourteen artists? “Here is the pleasure of being...

2023 FRINGE SEASON ROUND-UP

2023 FRINGE SEASON ROUND-UP

15 Aug 2023

Congratulations to the movers and shakers in the Pig Iron community who are involved in this year's Fringe Festival! We are so proud to see our students, alums, faculty, and friends making and creating and sharing their art with the world. Putting together your Fringe schedule? Take a look at this...

DARES 2023: Student Highlights

2 May 2023

The Class of ’23 has something special for you. Each of these eight artists have been dared to dream up a piece of theater that is boldly original and uniquely their own. What arises when they follow their brightest desire into the darkest unknown? Come experience the culmination of Cohort 10’s...

2022 Fringe Season Round-Up

2022 Fringe Season Round-Up

30 Aug 2022

The 2022 Philadelphia Fringe Festival is here, and Pig Iron School is proud to see how many students, alums, faculty, and friends are involved this year, making and creating and sharing with us all of their hard work. Dirt Trip - Alex Tatarsky Alum Alex Tatarsky created and performs in this original...

Pig Iron Season 10: Head Above Water

12 May 2022

Here's a photo of season 10 (class of 2023) cohort members Sarah Owens and Patrick Burke on a kayak tour of the Louisiana Bayous! Our tour guide Josh led us through a four-hour tour where we saw Limpkins, owls, and of course ALLIGATORS! We saw a total of five alligators while on the tour. Our tour...

2021 Fringe Season Round-up

2021 Fringe Season Round-up

17 Aug 2021

The 2021 Philadelphia Fringe Festival is here, and Pig Iron School is proud to see how many students, alums, faculty, and friends are involved this year, making and creating and sharing with us all of their hard work. Three Sisters - Hank Curry Alums Bellisant Corcoran-Mathe ('21) and Leslie Miller...

A Note from Quinn Bauriedel, School Director

8 Oct 2020

Fall 2020 Dear performing artist, This is a time of impossible problems. Even the greatest scout on earth might struggle to untie the knot we, in the performing arts community, are in right now. And yet, with impossible problems comes innovations, artistic shape-shifting, and new pathways toward...

2020 Fringe Season Round-up

2020 Fringe Season Round-up

15 Sep 2020

The 2020 Philadelphia Fringe and Free Fringe festivals are in full swing, and Pig Iron School students, alums, faculty, and friends are creating and sharing work that responds to and meets the challenges of the current moment. Here's a round-up of some of the art they're making. Being/With: Home -...

Pandemonium Creative Responses To Lockdown

Pandemonium: Creative Responses to Lockdown

29 Jun 2020

Confronted by the restrictions of lockdown due to COVID-19, the fearless students of the Class of 2020 quickly tackled the challenge of making work digitally and outside our studios, creating dance films, artistic exchanges, Zoom dramas, and more. They shared these works in public showings held via...

Pig Iron On The Edge Border Signs Are A Poetic Dare

Pig Iron on the Edge: Border Signs are a Poetic Dare

3 Apr 2019

Sohrab Haghverdi is among the UArts/MFA students who traveled to the Southern border in March of 2019 to observe the edges of America and the people that live their lives there. Below, he describes confronting the physical border and in turn, his own fear. At some point in the last year I decided to...

Pig Iron On The Edge A Library Is An Act Of Defiance

Pig Iron on the Edge: A Library is an Act of Defiance

3 Apr 2019

Anna Basile is among the first year UArts/Pig Iron MFA students that traveled to the northern border of the United States, spending time in both Madawaska, Maine and Edmundston, New Brunswick. Below, she recounts her experience in a library build directly on the border between the U.S. and Canada...

Pig Iron On The Edge Liminal Deities

Pig Iron on the Edge: Liminal Deities

22 Mar 2019

Will Quinn is among the first year UArts/Pig Iron MFA students that traveled to the northern border of the United States, spending time in both Madawaska, Maine and Edmundston, New Brunswick. Below, he discusses the role of borders in our mythic, collective memory. In our oldest stories and myths...

Pig Iron On The Edge Custom Officers Don't Like Citrus

Pig Iron on the Edge: Custom Officers Don’t Like Citrus

20 Mar 2019

Bellisant Corcoran-Mathe is among the first year UArts/Pig Iron MFA students that traveled to the northern border of the United States, spending time in both Madawaska, Maine and Edmundston, New Brunswick. Below, she muses on how her definition of "borders" has changed during this journey. We were...

Pig Iron On The Edge Do You Sleep Well At Night

Pig Iron on the Edge: “Do you sleep well at night?”

19 Mar 2019

John Miller is among the UArts/MFA students who traveled to the Southern border in March of 2019 to observe the edges of America and the people that live their lives there. Below, they describe an encounter with a veteran in a beer garden. “Whatever you do, don’t make this a fucking college paper...

Off The Rails, Part 4 The California Zephyr

Off the Rails, Part 4: The California Zephyr

28 Aug 2018

The students board the California Zephyr on the last leg of their cross-country journey.

Off The Rails, Part 3 Omaha

Off the Rails, Part 3: Omaha

28 Aug 2018

Pig Iron Students stop in Omaha, and spend some time with the multidisciplinary ensemble Aetherplough.

Off The Rails, Part 2 Chicago

Off the Rails, Part 2: Chicago

28 Aug 2018

On their cross-country train trip, students stop in Chicago and spend some time with Theatre Unspeakable.

Off The Rails, Part 1 Departing Philadelphia

Off The Rails, Part 1: Departing Philadelphia

14 Aug 2018

The Pig Iron/UArts class of 2019 departs on their cross-country train trip.