See below for further information.

Devised Theatre is a process in which the whole creative team develops the show collaboratively.


Option A

Devise at Festival

Collaborate with a professional guest artist and an ensemble of other student artists to create and perform a devised piece at the festival. No nomination is required. Participation is open to the first 18 people who register. If any slots remain at the festival’s start, students may still choose to participate by expressing their interest at the 10-Minute Play Auditions.

Option B

Devise in Advance

Devise and rehearse a piece at your school using the prompt. Bring your work to festival, perform it in the devised theatre showcase, and receive feedback from a panel of professional devising artists. No nomination is required. Registration is limited to the first 5 entries. Please choose one individual to submit your group’s registration and serve as the contact person for communication.

  • Approximately 16’X16′ playing space, ensemble must consider audience placement & interaction
  • Ensemble-generated lighting […wall sockets provided, ensemble brings everything else]
  • 20 minute time limit which must include set-up, performance and strike
    • Suggested 5 minute set up
    • Suggested 12 minute piece
    • Suggested 3 minute strike
    • Set up and strike can be part of the performance
  • Company size – no more than nine members
  • Contributions of the performing 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

TITLE: 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 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.


Drew Vidal

Drew Vidal

Devised Theatre

Ball State University
Associate Professor of Acting and Movement
Department of Theatre and Dance
Arts and Communications, Room AC 306
Muncie, IN 47306

Genesee Spridco

Genesee Spridco

NPP Co-Vice Chair

Lecturer of Movement
University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Co-Artistic Director
Imaginez Ensemblez

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