National Devised Theatre Project

Register your ensemble’s intent to perform at the regional festival by emailing Carlos Cruz 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:

The Time Has Come To Realign What Our Fathers Have Misaligned
  • 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, 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 and 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.)

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 an 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.)
  • Schools may enter multiple groups for the devising project.