Project for Devised Theatre 2017-09-02T06:38:39+00:00

New to KCACTF, this focus on Devised Performance is intended to give space, voice, recognition and credibility to processes and productions which are created outside the text-based traditions, and which utilize the non-traditional, non-linear, multi-disciplinary and collective tools of devising.  As we develop our craft, new perspectives and processes of creating good performance emerge. It is necessary for the health and life of performance to acknowledge and embrace non-traditional ways of perceiving and creating. Gregg Henry, the Artistic Director of the National KCACTF organization, has spear-headed this initiative to acknowledge and incorporate Devised Performance programming into the regional festival activities.

Devised Theatre Project

All festival participants are eligible to participate and create a devised performance to be produced at the festival.  We invite participants to create their own 20 minute devised performance utilizing a specific prompt.

The Prompt for 2018

TITLE: She/he/they Never Met a Stranger.

  • 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.


  • Approximately 16’X16’ playing space, ensemble determines audience placement & interaction
  • Work lights up/down provided, any additional lighting will be ensemble-generated
  • Regions provide electrical power, ensemble must provide all technical sources (music sources, extension cords, projector, clip lights, etc)
  • 20 minute time limit which must include set-up, performance and strike
  • Set up and strike can be part of the performance
  • Contributions of the 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
  • No functional weapons

Additional Information

  • Each showing will be given a short response from regional faculty and/or devising guest artists.  Each deviser will be expected to speak articulately about their work, displaying rigor of process and responsibility for form and content.
  • Devising isn’t an aesthetic; it’s a process.  This approach to creating new work includes multiple aesthetics, production value spectrums, and performance styles.
  • Regions will only provide the space; ensembles must bring everything else.  Be careful about making assumptions (availability of chairs, acting blocks, etc)
  • Deadline for submission – October 31st 
  • To participate in Region II, send intent to participate email to Heather Benton at by October 31st.
Heather Benton
Heather BentonDevised Theatre Coordinator
Montclair State University

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