Pig Iron Summer Session 2017

Transformation. Risk-taking. The pleasure of performance.
Applications for Pig Iron's Summer Session 2017 are now being accepted.

Beginning with the body, Pig Iron's Summer Session in Philadelphia aims to train performers to be flexible, fearless, present, passionate, and disciplined. The goal is to give students the skills to develop their own artistic voices while being grounded in the values of experimentation, risk, and a curiosity about the world around us.   The workshop looks at three main territories: The Neutral Mask, Character Masks, and the Clown.

The Summer Session is an immersive training program for creative theatre artists interested in pushing the boundaries of contemporary performance. Rooted in Pig Iron's own artistic questions and performance techniques, the intensive workshop is intended to launch performers into the world of physically precise, emotionally rich, imaginatively constructed ensemble-devised theatre.   The workshop centers on actor training and on the skill of the performer to heighten his/her presence onstage and to let the masks - neutral, larval, expressive and the red-nose mask - spark imaginative transformations that bring vitality and play to the stage.

The pedagogical approach - drawing from the work of Jacques Lecoq and others - will be one of deep inquiry and research grounded in physical training, constantly seeking moments of transcendent live performance.  Though students will be working on provocations that come from the faculty, the ultimate goal of the workshop is to open up each student's creative vision for the many possibilities of live performance.

Fee: $1500 ($1350 if, once accepted, the fee is paid in full by April 21)
Dates: June 5 to June 24, 2017
Faculty:  Directed by Quinn Bauriedel with Sarah Sanford, Aram Aghazarian and Aaron Cromie

Classes are held Monday through Saturday (weeks 1 and 3) or Monday through Friday (week 2), with 6 hours of class-time per day. There is additional rehearsal time needed for creation assignments based on the themes of the Summer Session. The workshop concludes with a public presentation of works created during the Summer Session.

Detailed Schedule
Week 1 runs Monday - Saturday
Week 2 runs Monday - Friday
Week 3 runs Monday - Saturday

Monday - Friday is 9:30am-4:30pm
We will take a one hour lunch break each day, sometime between 12:30pm or 1:00pm
The first Saturday, June 10, is 9:30am-1:30pm
The last Saturday, June 24, will run most of the day, from 11:00am onward.  We will do a showing of work created during the 3 weeks around 5:30pm, followed by a reception and celebration of the Summer Session. 

There are a few scheduled evening rehearsal times in addition to the times above:
June 8 from 4:30-7:00pm
June 9 from 4:30-7:00pm
June 14 from 4:30-7:30pm
June 15 from 4:30-7:30pm
June 21 from 4:30-8:00pm
June 22 from 4:30-8:00pm
June 23 from 4:30-8:00pm

Application Process
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all spots are filled.  To apply please fill out the application cover sheet (linked below). Send all questions to summersession@pigiron.org. All notifications will be issued by mid April. Once accepted, a $500 nonrefundable deposit is required to secure a spot in the program.

Applications should include:

  • Completed and signed application (2 pages)
  • Personal statement
  • Letter(s) of recommendation 
  • Headshot and resume
  • $20 application fee (via check or credit card)

Mailing and Email Instructions

Please mail all application materials to:
Pig Iron Theatre Company
ATT: Summer Session 2017
1417 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Application and materials can be sent as attachments to: summersession@pigiron.org with subject: “Summer Session Application”

Travel and housing
Students are responsible for arranging their own travel and housing for the duration of the Summer Session (June 5-June 24, 2017). One-month sublets may be available on Craigslist Philadelphia.

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