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



 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 bentonh@montclair.edu. 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.


Devised Theatre: Ten Tips for a Truly Creative Collaboration, by John Walton, artistic director of Fol Espoir, from an article in The Gaurdian



  • 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


Heather Benton

Heather Benton

Devised Theatre Coordinator

Montclair State University

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