Three clowns perform

Summer Session: Journey of the Mask

2019 Dates: June 10th - June 29th
Summer Session Faculty: Quinn Bauriedel, Sarah Sanford, Emmanuelle Delpech


Beginning with the body, Pig Iron's three week 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 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.

This workshop is open to participants age 20 and above.


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.


$1500 | $1350 if paid in full by April 22


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all spots are filled.  To apply please fill out the application cover sheet, available for download below. Send all questions to 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:

  • Application Cover Page
  • Personal Statement
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation
  • Headshot 
  • Resume
  • $20 Application Fee

You may submit the $20 application fee via mail or PayPal.  Please mail checks to:

Attn: Something From Nothing
Pig Iron Theatre Company
1417 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

OR pay via PayPal: