Our UArts/Pig Iron class of 2017 performed for the first time since starting classes back in September. First Look occurs in the early spring and is an exciting evening of fresh and simple theatre pieces by the new class. Click the Photo Album link above to scroll through a selection of photos.
Join Pig Iron Theatre Company for a weekend workshop for theatre-makers focusing on the performer as creator of original material. The workshop will highlight the methods and exercises Pig Iron uses to forge performance works that are physically articulate and rhythmically precise. Can a work of theatre have depth and sophistication without words? Can a gesture stand in for the whole? Can an ensemble create a physical vocabulary to capture an audience's imagination?
In February, our second year/class of 2016 students took a field trip to the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts to learn a variety of circus skills. Philadelphia School of Circus Arts is the regional center of contemporary circus arts. Their faculty leads a curriculum featuring aerials (static trapeze, corde lisse, aerial silks and lyra), juggling, unicycling, tight wire, tumbling and physical conditioning.
Great plays are far more than words on a page. They embody an ever-expanding set of skills: presence, musicality, tension, story, character, specific relationships with an audience, light, space, gestures, dialogue, monologue, stillness, climaxes and a specific heart-beat. These are the tools we use to build a work of theatre from the simplest of origins - a set of questions, or a piece of music that moves something in us, or a uni
"You can't make something out of nothing." It's a classic adage, but it flies in the face of most creative practice. Good art - especially good theatre - comes from the literal embodiment of a set of intangible ideas and inspirations. The trick, though, is: where to start?
In the summer months, our students branch out into new and exciting adventures around the Greater Philadelphia region. Prior to the end of the semester, we've asked them what they'll be up to as they're gearing up for their second year at APT.