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Winter Session: Something From Nothing


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 unique space.

Where do we go from there?  SOMETHING FROM NOTHING is a workshop on devised theatre, tracing the journey from a single impulse to a full performance.  Alongside improvisations to find theatrical sparks with the starting material, we train specific skills so that the resulting pieces are crafted with attention to the smallest detail. 

Learn the process of creating an ensemble-based work of theatre through Pig Iron's tried-and-true creation processes. Participants will be given performance assignments which must be solved as an ensemble.  The playwriting and directing duties will be shared among the ensemble, and decisions will be made collaboratively.

This workshop emphasizes generating original material, physicalizing characters and theatrical ideas, structuring group improvisations into finished pieces and the role music and rhythm play in theatrical creation. Participants will work on taking material developed through improvisation and turning it into pieces that are precise, full, exuberant, and moving.  The workshop will culminate in an open showing of short works created over the course of the program.

The 2019 January Session will run January 7-January 19 at the Pig Iron School, and will be led by faculty member Emmanuelle Delpech.


$750 | $700 if paid in full by November 20


Please send your resume and a statement (max. 200 words per answer) via email to, responding to the following questions:

    1) What questions are you currently asking in your creative life?
    2) Why are you interested in this workshop?
    3) Tell us, briefly, about a specific artistic encounter or process that had an impact on you.

Applications are processed on a rolling basis until the workshop is filled, with priority given to early applicants.

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: