National Devised Theatre Project

Register your ensemble’s intent to perform at the regional festival by emailing Carlos Crus at by November 15.

Please, also CC on this email.

This email should include the following information.

  • Name of School
  • Name and email of a Faculty advisor
  • Names and emails of two ensemble members
  • Optionally, a working title for your devised piece.

The Prompt

TITLE: Entrance Without Papers is Forbidden


  • Ensemble will select their sources of inspiration as their creative container (examples: a photograph, a poem, a fictional or non-fictional short story, a memory, interviews, a question, etc.).  Ensemble will be asked to clearly articulate how their sources informed process and product, form and content.


  • Each ensemble will create a unique performance vocabulary informed by their source materials. This vocabulary should include movement, voice, visual image, sonic landscape, text and scenic environment and communicate the piece’s style and aesthetic.


  • Ensemble should consider time restraints and travel considerations.  These parameters are designed to form a creative container to spark your imaginations and deepen your exploration.

Logistics and Parameters

Approximately 16’X16’ playing space, ensemble determines audience placement & interaction

Work lights up/down provided, any additional lighting will be ensemble-generated

Regions provide electrical power, ensemble must provide all technical sources (music sources, extension cords, projector, clip lights, etc)

20 minute time limit which must include set-up, performance and strike

  • Set up and strike can be part of the performance

Contributions of the ensemble are to be balanced and evenly distributed

Not every member of the ensemble must perform, but the majority should

Faculty advisors may provide outside-eye feedback, but students should drive the work

No live flame

No smoking

No functional weapons

Additional Information

  • Each showing will be given a short response from regional faculty and/or devising guest artists.  Each deviser will be expected to speak articulately about their work, displaying rigor of process and responsibility for form and content.
  • Devising isn’t an aesthetic; it’s a process.  This approach to creating new work includes multiple aesthetics, production value spectrums, and performance styles.
  • Regions will only provide the space; ensembles must bring everything else.  Be careful about making assumptions (availability of chairs, acting blocks, etc)
  • Deadline for submission – TBD
  • Schools may enter multiple groups for the devising project.
  • Details on how to register will be posted soon