National Devised Theatre Project 2018

Welcome to the 2017-2018 academic year and an exciting new season of creating theatre in Region IV! I am thrilled to be entering my third year with the Region IV KCACTF team in the role of DTP Coordinator and can’t wait to see what you all bring to the festival in February 2018. Devised Theatre challenges a group of theatre artists to create an original piece of theatre through a holistic collaborative effort. Student ensembles should get to work creating a piece for Festival 50 – in Americus, GA at Georgia Southwestern State University. All inquiries or “Intent to Participate” emails should be directed to Lee at by October 31st, 2017. Please see the project parameters below and the new prompt. You can read more about the Devised Theatre Project at the National Website .  Please let me know if you have any questions about this project. I look forward to seeing what the talented student ensembles of Region IV bring to the festival.


Lee Neibert




TITLE: She/he/they Never Met a Stranger.

-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.


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 – October 31st 
  • Schools may enter multiple groups for the devising initiative.