MFA in Devised Performance

Pig Iron Devised Performance

The University of the Arts' MFA in Devised Performance program is poised to change the landscape of theater education. Created in partnership with Pig Iron Theatre Company, an interdisciplinary ensemble dedicated to the creation of new and exuberant performance works that defy easy categorization, the new MFA program is directed by Pig Iron Co-Founder Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel within the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts, which is led by David Howey.

The program takes advantage of the University's Broad Street location in the heart of Philadelphia, nationally known as a center for experimental, boundary-pushing performance. One of the first of its kind, the partnership between an arts university focused on artistic practice and cross-disciplinary exploration with a theater company described by The New York Times as "one of the few groups successfully taking theater in new directions" creates a program for graduate students unlike any other.

Devised performance is derived from the collective inspiration of the group, not from a script written by a singular playwright, and performances are not confined by the boundaries of the stage, but often occur in found or public spaces. A master's degree in Devised Performance that combines the groundbreaking programming created by Pig Iron with the collaboration of the Brind School will enable graduates to not only become practitioners in the world of theater today, but to define and lead the theater of tomorrow.

Students may also choose to pursue a Certificate in Devised Performance.


Additional dates may become available. Please contact us for full details.


Nov. 21 | Philadelphia *

Feb. 13 | Philadelphia *

Mar. 11 | Philadelphia (Register)

Apr. 23 | Philadelphia (Register)

Jun. 13 | Philadelphia (Register)

* Held in conjunction with Graduate Open House. Please indicate your interest in participating in one of these two auditions when registering for Open House on either November 21 or February 13.


Off-campus auditions are being hosted by URTA. To participate, please complete URTA's application, and indicate that you'd like to participate in the satellite auditions.

Jan. 30 - 31 | New York City (URTA Satellite)

Feb. 8 - 11 | Chicago (URTA Satellite)

Feb. 13 - 14 | San Francisco (URTA Satellite)

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