We are seeking ensembles interested in taking on the National Devised Prompt for festival 51. One ensemble will be selected as the outstanding devised piece of 2019. Please consider taking on this devised prompt at our upcoming festival at Montclair State University, January 15-19. See below for how to indicate your interest to participate.


Devised theatre has numerous definitions. Eric Grode on the TDF Theatre Dictionary website states that a devised process “typically begins with little more than a rehearsal space and a group of eager, committed theatre practitioners. Through a series of improvisatory theatre games or other conceptual ice-breakers, they start to tease out the kinds of stories they’d like to tell and the way they’d like to tell them. Over time, a text emerges, one covered with the fingerprints of each and every participant.”

Articles on Devised Theatre to Get You Inspired and Working

What is Devised Theatre? Posted by Martine Kei Green-Rogers, 28th Sep 2016, from THE THEATRE TIMES https://thetheatretimes.com/what-is-devised-theatre/


 Devised Theatre National Prompt

Every year a KCACTF Devised Theatre National Prompt is announced in early fall. Please check back on this website for details in September. The prompt is a statement or question that invites discussion and inspiration. It is the annual theme for Devised Theatre in any given year. Participants in Region 2 may enter devised pieces that respond to the prompt, or work freely without the prompt

Find Your Collaborators & A Faculty Mentor

Find the collaborators you want to work with from your school and get in a room and start making things. Reach out to faculty member who can serve as a mentor for your process to keep you moving forward and on task as an ensemble. Faculty feel free to reach out for ideas or guidance through your process if devised theatre is new to you at devised@kcactf2.org. And check back on this website throughout the fall for more articles, tips and guidance on how to make Devised Theatre.

Make Some Theatre

Get your ensemble together and begin working. You can start with the national prompt and let it instigate discussions and questions and then see where it takes you, or follow what is on your minds collectively and go from there. Establish an ensemble based on trust. Listen hard to everyone in the group. Don’t’ be afraid to disagree. Don’t be precious. Sometimes the first and most powerful ideas are only a means of going somewhere else. It useful to have someone in the group who is an outside eye in the process, perhaps the outside eye rotates through the ensemble during the process. Find a way of working that works for your group. The journey is everything. Where you arrive may not be where you begin, so be ok with the unknown. CHECK OUT THIS ARTICLE AS INSPIRATION: Devised Theatre: Ten Tips for a Truly Creative Collaboration, by John Walton, artistic director of Fol Espoir, from an article in The Gaurdian https://www.theguardian.com/culture-professionals-network/2014/dec/16/devised-theatre-ten-tips-collaboration

The 2019 National Prompt:

TITLE: Entrance Without Papers is Forbidden.

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 about availability of chairs, acting blocks, etc…

Intent to Participate:

To participate in Region 2, send an intent to participate email to Heather Benton at devised@kcactf2.org by October 31st.

Deadline for submission – October 31, 2018.

* Schools may enter multiple groups for the devising project.
* Groups in Region 2 may choose to work with or without the National Prompt.


Heather Benton

Heather Benton

Devised Theatre Coordinator

Montclair State University

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