National Devised Theatre Project

Register your ensemble’s intent to perform at the regional festival by emailing Carlos Cruz at carloscruz@uncc.edu by November 15.

Please also CC kcactf4chair@gmail.com 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.